The spectacular Marina Bay Street Circuit lights up the sporting world this weekend as the thrilling championship battle continues at the Singapore Grand Prix, exclusively live on Sky Sports F1.
After the summer months gracing the iconic circuits of Europe, teams and drivers head to Asia for the 14th instalment of the campaign to start of the now traditional batch of end-of-season flyaway races, which will conclude in Abu Dhabi in November, via visits to Japan, Russia, United States and Brazil.
First held in 2008, this is one of two full races taking place at night and fans can expect plenty of drama, with safety cars having been deployed in every race in all of the previous meetings in Singapore, while it has also been the venue for some of the sport’s most controversial moments in recent history.
The challenges of the Marina Bay Street Circuit are now well established, but there’s far more complexity to the only full Formula 1 night race than what happens out on track.
In addition to coping with the humidity and duration of the Grand Prix, teams and drivers all operate on European time in order to master the logistical challenges, meaning the surreal routine of going to bed near dawn and having breakfast in the afternoon.
One of the standout stories came on the race’s debut on the calendar in 2008, which resulted Renault managing director Flavio Briatore and executive of engineering Pat Symonds serving lengthy bans from the sport.
Dubbed ‘Crashgate’, a media frenzy which exposed the incident shortly before the Singapore Grand Prix the following year, it was claimed the Renault team ordered Nelson Piquet to crash his car and aid team mate Fernando Alonso’s bid for race victory.
A safety car was deployed due to the severity of the incident, allowing Alonso, who had begun the race in 15th place on the grid, to make an early pit stop to his benefit, which allowed him to go on and win the race.
Since that controversial bow, Singapore has been a dazzling and hugely popular addition to the Formula 1 calendar, with plenty of thrilling wheel-to-wheel races since as drivers try to survive the near two-hour-long grand prix marathon around the streets of Singapore City.
Twelve months ago, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel triumphed amidst his end-of-season surge to his fourth consecutive world championship, with the German was rarely threatened during the race as he claimed the third of nine consecutive victories at the end of the campaign.
With just six races to go in the current season, the heat is on to secure those all important race victories, particularly for title favourites and arch-rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
In Hamilton, Mercedes have a man who has tasted victory at Marina Bay, with the Brit doing so in 2009 when he was at McLaren, while the best result Rosberg has managed so far in Singapore was his fourth-placed finish last year.
Mercedes have been the dominant car this season but they are yet to win in Singapore since they returned to Formula 1 in 2010, but could this year be the race they change that particular statistic?
Follow all the action from the 14th round of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season live on Sky Sports F1, or by watching extended free-to-air highlights of qualifying and the race on BBC TV.
Sky Sports F1 is the only place to see the whole Singapore Grand Prix weekend live as grand prix racing’s finest light up the city streets with the championship battle ever intensifying.
The race will be shown live and uninterrupted on Sunday afternoon, along with the qualifying session on Saturday, plus there will be full coverage of the Friday and Saturday morning practice sessions.
Simon Lazenby will anchor Sky Sports F1’s live coverage throughout the weekend where he will be joined by regulars Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.
Ted Kravitz will provide the latest news and reports and from the pit lane alongside Rachel Brookes, who deputises for Natalie Pinkham for the remaining flyaway races, while commentary on all on-track sessions is led by David Croft.
Martin Brundle will join Croft in the commentary box for both qualifying and the race, with former Williams driver Bruno Senna calling the practice sessions this weekend, as well as providing his insights via the Sky Pad during the weekend.
During the race, a host of interactive additions, including on-board cameras, pit-lane feeds, the latest race stats and much more available via the red button and the Sky Sports for iPad app.
For those who won’t be at home, every second of the action can be seen via computers, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices on Sky Go.
In addition to all the on-track action, Sky Sports F1 will also air the latest edition of Legends of F1 in which Steve Rider interviews Austrian racing hero and three-times world champion Niki Lauda.
Friday 19th September Free Practice 1 – Start: 11:00 LIVE: 10.45am-12.50pm Sky Sports F1 Free Practice 2 – Start: 14:30 LIVE: 2.15pm-4.15pm Sky Sports F1 The F1 Show LIVE: 6.30pm-7.30pm Sky Sports F1 Saturday 20th September Practice 3 – Start: 11:00 LIVE: 10.45am-12.15pm Sky Sports F1 Qualifying – Start: 14:00 LIVE: 1.00pm-3.45pm Sky Sports F1 Sunday 21st September SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – Race Start: 13:00 Track Parade: 11.30am-12.00pm Sky Sports F1 RACE LIVE: 12.00pm-3.45pm Sky Sports F1 Paddock Live: 3.45pm-4.30pm Sky Sports F1 Highlights: 6.30pm-7.30pm Sky Sports F1
Legends of F1: Niki Lauda 4.30pm-5.30pm Sky Sports F1
The BBC will broadcast free-to-air TV highlights of the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix as the fascinating championship battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton continues.
Suzi Perry presents all the action from the Marina Bay street circuit alongside regular analysts David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan, who will all provide their unique take on proceedings from the pit lane and paddock.
Extended highlights of both qualifying and the race will be shown in a tea-time slot on BBC One over the weekend, with the qualifying session airing on Saturday at 5.10pm, with an 90-minute race highlights show following on Sunday over on BBC One at 5.00pm.
Commentary on qualifying and the race comes from Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, with Tom Clarkson providing regular updates and interviews from the pit-lane, while Lee McKenzie will be on hand to conduct interviews with the drivers and team personnel.
In addition, Inside F1 on BBC News Channel will preview and review the weekend’s action on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The BBC Sport website will have live streaming of BBC TV’s broadcasts, as well as additional video content including highlights of practice sessions, qualifying and the race, plus interviews and analysis.
All of the BBC’s TV coverage will be available to view shortly after transmission on BBC iPlayer.
BBC Radio 5 Live will also have live audio commentary of every on-track session from Singapore with James Allen and Jennie Gow.
Saturday 20th September
Singapore Grand Prix: Qualifying Highlights: 5.10pm-6.20pm BBC One Sunday 21st September Singapore Grand Prix: Race Highlights: 5.00pm-6.30pm BBC One