Singapore (Marina Bay) Formula 1 Grand Prix 2017 (Race Results & Highlights)

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton will go head-to-head on the streets of Singapore When is the Singapore Grand Prix?

Looking at the drivers championship Hamilton is way ahead of his rivals with 53 points gap between him and second placed Rosberg while Vettel is 74 points behind so Hamilton don't actually have to win the race as longs as he keeps picking some points from now to the end of the season.

Talks between the parties kicked into high gear in February after Liberty Media concluded its US$8 billion takeover of F1 in January.

While ticket sales for the Singapore event fell to 73,000 last year - down from 100,000 in 2008 - organisers revealed that there has already been a healthy pickup for this year's race. "We think the next three to four years, we can take F1 to a place that is good for all our partners and really add a new level of excitement and new dimensions to the sport", he said. Singapore Grand Prix in crucial for both Mercedes and Ferrari. But after two free practice sessions on Friday, teams are ready to admit that Red Bull may be hard to beat at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Add to that the record of Vettel himself during his career in Asia, everything points to a hard few weeks for the Mercedes team as a whole.

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He also produced a spirited performance a year ago as he raced from the back of the grid to finish at the fifth spot.

As we have seen throughout this calendar, there can be no questions over the Finn's commitment to the cause, whereas across the paddock, Kimi Raikkonen has shown signs of frustration in being forced to tow the party line.

Whilst Ferrari are acknowledged as the favourites to dominate in Singapore, the Red Bull engine is equally-suited for battle in round 13.

Whilst Verstappen remains a hugely talented string in the Red Bull bow, the Belgian still is yet to curb his rather erratic nature.

The annual cost of hosting the race was estimated to be around $150 million, although Mr Iswaran said costs had come down by about $15 million a year to $135 million.

Indeed as Friday commenced, the Australian clocked the fastest time in early practice with a time 1.42.89 setting the pace.

"The Singapore Grand Prix, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Government have all done an excellent job of making this an event that involves the whole city".

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