|The official name of the track||Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit|
|Location||Marina Bay, Singapore|
|Geographical coordinates||1°17′29.51″N 103°51′49.86″E|
|The length of the route||5.065 km (3.147 mi)|
|The number of turns||23|
|The lap record in the race||1:50.041 , Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull-Renault, 2015|
The track has been blamed for its extreme road conditions that run the risk of vehicular damage. Many Formula One drivers have expressed that the Marine Bay track includes all of the conditions for danger. Sharp turns such as the ‘Singapore Sling’ has long become a major complaint.
In fact, World Champion Lewis Hamilton had once said that it takes twice the amount of effort to manoeuvre the track at Marina Bay, Singapore. These arduous conditions also conflict with the humid weather conditions known in the area. In response to the frustrations of the Formula One drivers, the FIA shortened kerbs for security while replacing the chicane with a left turn. The results were intended to create faster lap times and a smooth driving experience.
In addition to its dangerous design, Hamilton specifically pointed out the risks of certain locations. Along with few others, he exposed the extra bumpy roads on turns 5 and 7. These turns have been notorious for requiring unnecessary energy. According to race drivers, manoeuvring the turn 10 runs the risk of suspension damage. Many have also mentioned that the roads on turn 10 are so rocky that they often collide into the wall outside of the corner. The entrance of the pit lane which starts at the 23-turn layout, is known for its sharp corners and “difficult, incredibly dangerous” roads.
In the attempt to warn drivers of the troublesome portions, Singapore Formula One conducted a competition. In March 2009, a local fan contest was held for fans to provide names for three of the circuit’s turns. As a result, Turn 1 was given the name ‘Sheares’ after Singapore’s second president, Benjamin Henry Sheares. Turn 7 was also named Memorial for its close location to the city’s Second World War civilian memorial. Turn 10 was named Singapore Sling, however, it was later renamed. Today it is recognised as a flowing left-hander.
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