Dissecting the Singapore Grand Prix by the numbers

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Arterial bends through the heart of the city, a tall, imposing skyline overlooking the marina, hot, clammy September weather, and the ear-splitting screech of powerful engines are just some of the many scenes at the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix. The Singapore GP is home to the first night race in F1 history as well as the first street circuit in Asia.

Since making a brief appearance in the 1970s, the Singapore GP returned in 2008 on a brand new 5.065 km length track at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Next to the race track is the Circuit Park, where award winning artists perform every year during and after the race.

This year 20 drivers from 10 teams will be competing for a place at the podium on Sunday. In the race's seven-year history, only three drivers - Fernando Alonso (2), Lewis Hamilton (2), and Sebastian Vettel (3) - have managed to take the checkered flag.

As the race enters its 8th year this weekend, here are some interesting facts and figures about the Singapore Grand Prix:


Singapore is one of the four circuits this season, where the race takes place in an anticlockwise direction.


Concert headliners Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 have picked up 14 Grammy Awards collectively.

They are joined by Bon Jovi, Spandau Ballet and Jimmy Cliff to headline the Padang Stage.


Total number of corner turns on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.


The fastest lap recorded at the Marina Bay Street Circuit was at 320 km/h.


Tonnes of Formula One cargo flown in seven jumbo jets to Singapore — approximately the weight of 280 African elephants!


Approximate number of lighting projectors needed to light up the entire track.


Number of personnel needed in the construction of the Circuit Park, where the grandstands, the concert stages, and the F&B and merchandize outlets are.


Approximate number of times that drivers change their gears on the Marina Bay Street Circuit during the race.


The number of square meters total land area of the Marina Bay Circuit Park. (That's equivalent to 80 soccer fields!)


$150 million in incremental tourism receipts generated per race.

-- Janine Tan contributed to this report.