Get a head start on F1 must-knows before the Singapore Grand Prix F1 weekend begins.
Total no. of people who attended last year’s Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix, a 19 per cent increase from 2016. Since the first night race here in 2008, Singapore has hosted more than 450,000 international visitors who have contributed about $1.4 billion in incremental tourism receipts. This year’s event takes place from Sep 14 to 16.
No. of new safety devices introduced in 2015 and made mandatory in the 2018 F1 season. Termed the ‘halo’, the cockpit head protection system drew criticism for its aesthetics and hindrance to drivers’ performance.
How much Lewis Hamilton’s pet bulldog Roscoe Hamilton earns a day from his modelling career, according to the 33-year-old British racer. The F1 legend has even frozen his dog’s sperm, so that there’d be Roscoe juniors in future. Roscoe has a popular Instagram account (@roscoelovescoco), which he shares with Hamilton’s other bulldog, Coco.
Minimum weight for racers that the F1 is expected to implement from 2019. The current limit is a sum total of the weight of the driver and the car. Critics say this may have drastic impact on performance. The 69kg Lewis Hamilton, however, is excited to bulk up, and has declared he “should be a different athlete next year”.
€30 million (S$48 million)
How much Michael Schumacher’s wife reportedly paid Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for a mansion on an island off Spain in July. Initial rumours that the F1 legend would move into the property after a traumatic ski incident in 2013 that left him paralysed were proven untrue, and the purchase was just for a holiday home.
No. of “shoeys”, which means chugging champagne from sweaty boots, F1 racer Max Verstappen would rather drink than to eat durian again. The 20-year-old sampled XXO D23 durian when he was here last year, but apparently even the top-grade fruit was too exotic for his tastebuds.
The Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will be held at the Marina bay Street Circuit from Sep 14-16. For more info, visit http://www.singaporegp.sg.