The Singapore Grand Prix In Photos


A potted history of F1's Singapore Grand Prix in photographs.

F1's first night race and one of the most popular of the sport's 'new' events, the Singapore Grand Prix runs for the seventh time this year. Here are some of the best photos from the first six outings.

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) in action during the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

Nelson Piquet Jr. (Renault) crashed during the race, triggering a safety car that allowed team-mate Fernando Alonso to take an unlikely win. 

It would later be revealed that Piquet crashed intentionally at the team's instruction so as to allow Alonso's strategy to work. It destroyed the young Brazilian's F1 career, but Alonso was not implicated in the plot.

The race also saw a second career podium for Nico Rosberg. The German's runner-up finish was his best result to date and his Williams team's best in more than three years

Lewis Hamilton was also on the podium - and on his way to the World Championship. Relations between the Brit and Rosberg were rather friendlier back then.

12 months later Hamilton won the race, beating Timo Glock (Toyota) and Alonso.

It was the Spaniard's only podium during a dire 2009 campaign, while Glock equalled his career-best result in what would turn out to be his final start for Toyota. It was also the German's final points-paying finish.

Jenson Button (Brawn GP) was fifth, continuing his slow march to the World Championship. Chief rival Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) was one place up the road in fourth.

Romain Grosjean's difficult start to life in F1 continued with a practice crash at exactly the same corner as Piquet's shunt the previous year. Grosjean had been drafted in to replace the Brazilian, whose sacking triggered the 'Crashgate' revelations.

Alonso triumphed again in 2010, this time driving for Ferrari, following a thrilling late duel with Vettel.

At the chequered flag, the pair were separated by just 0.2 seconds.

There was also high drama on the final lap, as Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus burst into flames, prompting the Finn to do his best fireman impersonation.

Mark Webber completed the podium, half a minute down on the leading pair.

Vettel went one better in 2011, triumphing from Button (McLaren).

Webber was third again, and just as in 2009 he took the chequered flag half a minute off top spot.

Meanwhile Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher's race was spoiled by a collision with Sergio Perez (Sauber).

Alonso could do no better than fourth, the first time he'd missed out on the podium in Singapore. 

Jaime Alguersuari catches some air in his Toro Rosso.

Vettel bagged his second successive Singapore win in 2012, narrowing his deficit to points leader Alonso in the process.

Button was second again, while Alonso returned to the podium in third. 

Schumacher's race again ended in disappointment, this time after a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne.

The circuit was not proving a happy hunting ground for the great German on his return to the sport.

The race weekend saw mounting speculation that Lewis Hamilton would replace Schumacher at Mercedes for 2013. Five days after the race, the switch was confirmed. 

Meanwhile, Schumacher's old sparring partner Damon Hill was managing to stay dry and fashionable at the same time.

Vettel made it three in a row in 2013. 

Alonso was second, making it five podiums from six attempts, albeit half a minute down on the dominant Red Bull driver. 

The Spaniard gave good friend Mark Webber a lift back to the pits after the Aussie broke down on the penultimate lap.

What a difference a year makes. Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium for Lotus...

... while Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) put his car in the barriers to ensure an early exit. 12 months on both men are enjoying very different fortunes.

With its stunning nighttime cityscape as a backdrop...

The Singapore Grand Prix combines the drama of street circuit racing with incredible visuals. It is well on the way to becoming a modern classic.