Singapore Grand Prix 2019: What time does the F1 race start today, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?

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The Singapore Grand Prix returns to the Marina Bay Street circuit this weekend - Getty Images AsiaPac
The Singapore Grand Prix returns to the Marina Bay Street circuit this weekend - Getty Images AsiaPac

What is it?

The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the 15th race of the 2019 Formula One season. 

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When is it?

Today - Sunday September 22. 

What time does it start?

The race begins at 1.10pm BST on Sunday. 

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. Qualifying coverage begins at 1pm BST and race coverage begins at 11.30am BST on Sunday.  

Channel 4 have highlights for this round, too. Their qualifying program begins at 6.30pm BST on Saturday and their race coverage starting at 7pm BST on Sunday. 

You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport.

Watch the Singapore Grand Prix through Now TV for £9.99.

What do we know about the Marina Bay Circuit?

  • Circuit length: 5.063km

  • First grand prix: 2008

  • Laps: 61

  • Race distance: 308.706km

  • Race lap record: 1.41.905 (Kevin Magnussen, 2018)

  • 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  • Number of corners: 23

  • Overtaking chances:  For a traditional street circuit (and not one of those fake ones like Australia, Canada and Russia) it's not too bad, but most areas come with some risk; we have seen a lot of misjudged moves and collisions over the years. Don't expect to see too many of them, though a safety car period could make things interesting. 

What happened last year?

Lewis Hamilton reigned supreme in qualifying and the race, taking his seventh win of the season and extending his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 40 points. He never looked back, really, securing the title in Mexico a little later in the year. 

What happened in qualifying?

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc put in a dazzling lap under the Singapore spotlights to seize his third pole position in a row on Saturday, with Mercedes's world champion Lewis Hamilton alongside.

The 21-year-old Monegasque, who started the last two races in Belgium and Italy from the front and went on to win both, lit up the timing screens with a time of one minute, 36.217 seconds.

Hamilton was 0.191 seconds slower, with Leclerc’s Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel qualifying third after aborting his final lap and Red Bull's Max Verstappen fourth.

  • 1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 36.217secs

  • 2 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:36.408

  • 3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:36.437

  • 4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:36.813

  • 5 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:37.146

  • 6 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:37.411

  • 7 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:37.818

  • 8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:38.264

  • 9 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:38.329

  • 10 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1:38.620

What are the odds (top six)?

  • Lewis Hamilton - 6/5

  • Max Verstappen - 7/4

  • Valtteri Bottas - 8/1

  • Charles Leclerc - 8/1

  • Alexander Albon - 10/1

  • Sebastian Vettel - 14/1

What is our prediction?

After two victories in two races, having had none in 2019 before (Ferrari wins are like buses, or something...) this is going to be much more difficult for them to win and even be competitive. It looks, then, like the circuit will suit the Red Bull and Mercedes more. Most likely the Mercedes will have an advantage but it could be close.  Perhaps it will be a battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, as we sort of had last year. Will be interesting to see how Alex Albon does here as it's his first race against Verstappen at Red Bull with a relatively even outlook, i.e. neither of them has a grid penalty. We think Verstappen is going to win this one, though. 


Podium prediction: 1st Verstappen 2nd Hamilton 3rd Bottas

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