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Singapore Grand Prix – Race Weekend Schedule

by F1Fan on September 23, 2009

This coming weekend Formula One moves to Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix to be held at the Marina Bay street circuit.

With its inaugural race last year the Singapore Grand Prix became the first ever Night race in Formula One and the first ever street race to be held in Asia.

Following input from the FIA and the teams after last years race several changes have been made to the circuit to improve overtaking opportunities and increase Safety.

Turn 1, has been modified to reduce corner speed so that overtaking is possible in the braking zone for the corner. The modified turn 13 will allow a higher cornering speed and increase the speed along Esplanade Drive, while turn 14 is modified to reduce corner speed increasing the need for heavy breaking coming into the corner maximizing the opportunity for overtaking under braking.

Pit lane Entry and Exit have been changed to increase safety by building a dedicated Pit entry lane to separate slower moving cars from the racing line, and Pit Exit has been extended and moved from the braking Zone of turn 1 to drivers left at turn 2 out of the the racing line and into a part of the circuit where all cars will be accelerating, reducing the possiblity of a crash involving vehicles having a massive speed differential.

Last years race was marred by the now infamous planned crash of Nelsinho Piquet as he came out of one of the slowest corners on the circuit, turn 17, causing release of the safety car onto the circuit and effectively handing the race to his team mate Fernando Alonso who went on to win.

This year several teams are vying for the Championship, with the high track temperature Singapore should suit the Brawn cars, but the Mclarens have recently found renewed pace, and Raikkonen in his Ferrari has been Driving extremely well over the last few Grand Prix. Red Bull will be hoping to find their pace again after a tough couple of races, and no doubt Alonso will be going all out for Renault to try to erase the bad taste left in everybody’s mouth after the Renault teams admission to the allegations surrounding last years race.

Don’t forget to set your DVR’s or tune in to watch what will be the one of the most spectacular races of the season.

If you are loated in the US, SpeedTV will be broadcasting Friday Practice, Saturday Qualifying and the Race itself on Sunday.

Times of showings below:

Circuit:Marina Bay Street Circuit
SessionPacific TimeMountain TimeCentral TimeEastern Time
Practice6:30 am
10:30 am
7:30 am
11:30 am
8:30 am
12:30 am
9:30 am
1:30 pm
Qualifying7:00 am8:00 am9:00 am10:00 am
Race4:30 am
11:30 am
5:30 am
12:30 am
6:30 am
1:30 pm
7:30 am
2:30 pm

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