Singapore Grand Prix 2017: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

Charlie Wood
Singapore Grand Prix 2017: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

What is it?

The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix is the fourteenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, and will take place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, a track which straddles Marina Bay harbour in Singapore. 

When is it?

Practice 1 starts on Friday September 15th, with the race itself scheduled for Sunday September 17th. 

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What time does the race start?

The race starts at 20:00 local time (13:00 BST). 

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What TV channel is it on?

Coverage of the race starts at 11:30 BST on Sky Sports F1, and at 12:00 BST on Channel 4. Alternatively, you can follow all the action here throughout the weekend.

What are the current standings?

What happened last year?

Mercedes' Nico Roberg won the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix in his final year as an F1 driver, starting on pole and leading throughout. He held off a late challenge from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to win the race by less than half a second. 

What are the drivers saying?

After consecutive wins at the last two Grands Prix in France and Italy, current Drivers' Championship leader, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, said that "the learning from [the last two Grands Prix] should collectively put [Mercedes] in a better position for Singapore but I think still Ferrari are going to be quick there." 

Rosberg won in Singapore in 2016Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The Briton added that he himself is going to Singapore "with a positive approach expecting to fight for the win", but "if [he and Mercedes] can't win, then [he and Mercedes] will take it at face value and damage limitation."

Sebsatian Vettel described the loss of his Drivers' Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month as a "bad day", but said "there is a long way to go" and emphasized that "[he and Ferrari] are developing [their] car and what's coming makes me quite positive."  

What are the odds?

  • Sebastian Vettel 5/4
  • Lewis Hamilton 33/20
  • Daniel Ricciardo 7/1
  • Max Verstappen  8/1
  • Valtteri Bottas 8/1
  • Kimi Räikkönen 8/1 

What's our prediction? 

Lewis Hamilton's recent admission that "Ferrari are going to be quick [in Singapore]" speaks volumes. Hamilton's Mercedes car sometimes struggles on tight, congested circuits; in contrast, Ferrari have excelled on similarly traffic-heavy circuits in Monaco and Hungary. The meadering Marina Bay track is full of slow 90-degree left and right-handers, which should suit the Red Bull cars of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. But Ferarri's Sebsatian Vettel is the clear favourite, having won comfortably in four of the last six Singapore Grands Prix.

Podium prediction: Vettel to win, with Hamilton second and Ricciardo third.    


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