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Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2015: Start Time, Drivers, TV Schedule and More

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2015

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 21:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP Petronas leads after the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 21, 2014 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Vladimir Rys Photography/Getty Images)
Vladimir Rys Photography/Getty Images

The variety of Formula One will be drilled home at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, as a fortnight on from the searing speed of Monza, the drivers will have to negotiate the contorting corners of the glitzy Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Lewis Hamilton remains the man to beat after another serene display in Italy last time out. The Mercedes man was far too quick for the chasing pack at Monza. After his team-mate and nearest challenger for the world title Nico Rosberg retired from the race, a 53-point lead atop the standings looks insurmountable at this juncture. 

If the German is going to start reeling in Hamilton, it must begin in Singapore this weekend with a winning performance. Here’s all of the key viewing details for the race weekend, the drivers taking part and a closer look at what to expect from the grand prix.

Singapore Grand Prix: Schedule
SessionDayTime (BST)
Practice 1Friday, September 1711 a.m.
Practice 2Friday, September 172:30 p.m.
Practice 3Saturday, September 1811 a.m.
QualifyingSaturday, September 182 p.m.
RaceSunday, September 191 p.m.
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Singapore Grand Prix: Drivers
TeamDriver 1Driver 2
MercedesLewis HamiltonNico Rosberg
Red BullDaniel RicciardoDaniil Kvyat
FerrariSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
LotusPastor MaldonadoRomain Grosjean
McLarenFernando AlonsoJenson Button
Force IndiaNico HulkenbergSergio Perez
SauberMarcus EricssonFelipe Nasr
Toro RossoMax VerstappenCarlos Sainz Jr.
WilliamsValtteri BottasFelipe Massa
MarussiaWill StevensAlexander Rossi
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All of the action will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 (UK) and NBCSN (US)

Hamilton Pulling Away from the Rest

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his trophy on the podium after winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN        (Pho
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Being in the cockpit of a Formula One car is a lot more draining than many expect, but there are few races on the calendar that take their toll on the drivers quite as much as the Singapore street circuit.

Five kilometres long, 23 punishing corners and humid temperatures—this race couldn’t be further removed from the long straights and sweeping bends in the crisp Italian sun. Still, it’s difficult to see an outcome other than a Hamilton win when the chequered flag drops on Sunday.

Mercedes will be difficult to beat again this weekend.
Mercedes will be difficult to beat again this weekend.OLIVIER MORIN/Getty Images

He’s been in a motivated mood in the buildup to this race as well, posting some inspiring quotations on social media from his hero, Ayrton Senna:

This is a venue at which Hamilton has typically fared well. The Singapore Grand Prix has only been held at Marina Bay for the past seven years, and the world champion has won there on two occasions; his triumph in 2014 was vital to going on and eventually clinching the drivers' championship.

The man he held off last year was Rosberg after an absorbing tussle between the two Silver Arrows throughout the season. However, the blowout in Monza leaves the German with a mountain to climb, meaning it’s imperative he goes on the offensive from the first qualifying session in Singapore this week.

Rosberg insisted he now has little to lose, per Byron Young of the Daily Mirror:

Obviously, Monza didn't go to plan. It was gutting to miss out on a good result so close to the end but now I approach the final seven races with the attitude that there's nothing to lose.

It's maximum attack and I won't be giving up the fight, no way. Singapore is one of my favourite races, so that's a good place to start.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany attends a promotional event ahead of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ROSLAN RAHMAN/Getty Images

Rosberg has never won in Singapore, though. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso are the only other drivers to have tasted victory at this unique circuit. Indeed, it’s a race and track that some of the competitors seem to relish, while others often wilt under the pressures it brings.

Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz provided an insight into the kind of challenges racing in Singapore poses in terms of disruptive sleep patterns:

Carlos Sainz @Carlossainz55

Only at Singapore you set the alarm at this time.. 😴😴 http://t.co/MWvZMsX5dd

Mercedes have the finest car and two outstanding drivers, meaning that if we see a straightforward race, then Hamilton and Rosberg will be battling it out for the top spot on the podium. But the congested course makes momentum-sapping safety cars an inevitability, meaning the Silver Arrows may be reined in a little bit by the chasing pack.

But Hamilton is looking a class above at the moment. Rosberg has a poor record at this circuit, too, having retired last year and never finishing higher than fourth position in seven attempts. Expect the Brit to be in control for the entirety of the weekend and to coast to another impressive win on the way to a third world title.

Prediction: 1. Hamilton, 2. Rosberg, 3. Vettel

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