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F1 Singapore Grand Prix LIVE: UK start time, schedule and driver standings as Horner renews Wolff feud over Verstappen claim


Formula 1 returns under the bright lights in Singapore this weekend as Red Bull aim to continue their perfect unbeaten run this season.

The night race from Marina Bay is renowned for being one of the hardest races on the grid due to the physical toll it takes on drivers.

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Max Verstappen broke Sebastian Vettel’s record for the most consecutive winsCredit: Getty

Street circuits are often more mentally taxing for drivers but Singapore’s humidity and lack of long straights remove any window for respite – with Lewis Hamilton and co losing as much as three kilos of body weight through sweat during the two-hour race.

This would make it all the more impressive if defending two-time world champion Max Verstappen continues his winning streak here.

Verstappen claimed a historic tenth straight race win in Italy last time out, with Red Bull on an unbeaten run of crossing the chequered flag in 2023.

But Christian Horner has been forced to defend his star driver from Mercedes rival Toto Wolff.

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The Silver Arrows boss claimed Red Bull openly favour Verstappen over teammate Sergio Perez by building the RB19 around his style, considering the gulf in speed between them in the same car.

“It shows a total lack of understanding of how a race car and team develop, if Toto thinks that we’re developing a car around a single driver,” Horner said.

“You develop a car to be as quick as you can, and sometimes quick cars are difficult cars. That’s historically been the case. And I think that drivers adapt.

“The good drivers that you see in wet conditions, mixed conditions, varied conditions, the elite [drivers], they adapt quickly. And I think that’s one of his key skillsets is his ability to adapt to the feeling and the grip levels that a car gives him.

“But there’s certainly no direction to say ‘oh, we tailor something to suit one specific driver’. We’re just trying to design and build the fastest car that we can…

“Our tools, our simulation and our wind tunnel provide us with that direction.”

The night schedule is also a challenge for those needing a good sleep

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The night schedule is also a challenge for those needing a good sleepCredit: AFP

Singapore Grand Prix: Date and UK start time 

The race weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit is scheduled to take place from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17. 

Practice will get underway at 10:30am UK time on Friday with Practice Two then starting at 2pm the same day. 

Practice Three will kickstart Saturday’s action at 10:30am on Saturday before qualifying starts at 2pm. 

Light’s Out for the race will take place at 1pm UK time on Sunday. 

Singapore Grand Prix: TV channel and live stream

The race weekend will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1. 

Coverage of the race is scheduled to begin at 11:30am on Sunday.

Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

You can also purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £11.98 while Channel Four will broadcast highlights later in the evening.

Fern Buckley will also have updates on the Singapore Grand Prix live on talkSPORT. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Singapore is the most physical race in F1

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Singapore is the most physical race in F1Credit: AFP

Singapore Grand Prix: What has been said?

Verstappen has admitted that he is wary that Singapore’s circuit will not be the most ideal track for him to extend his winning streak.

The Marina Bay Street Circuit is one of the few on the grid that the Dutchman has yet to find victory racing on.

“A little bit more difficult, I think for us,” he said.

“But we’ll see. We’ll do our best, and of course, we’ll try to go in there and try to win it again.

“But it’s not, let’s say, going to be the strongest weekend for us.”

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Singapore Grand Prix: Driver standings 

Driver / Car / Points 

  1. Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 364
  2. Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 219
  3. Fernando Alonso / Aston Martin / 170
  4. Lewis Hamilton / Mercedes / 164
  5. Carlos Sainz / Ferrari / 117
  6. Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 111
  7. George Russell / Mercedes / 109
  8. Lando Norris / McLaren / 79
  9. Lance Stroll / Aston Martin / 47
  10. Pierre Gasly / Alpine / 37
  11. Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 36
  12. Oscar Piastri / McLaren / 36
  13. Alexander Albon / Williams / 21
  14. Nico Hulkenberg / Haas / 9
  15. Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 6
  16. Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 4
  17. Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 3
  18. Kevin Magnussen / Haas / 2
  19. Logan Sargeant / Williams / 0
  20. Daniel Ricciardo / Alphatauri / 0
  21. Liam Lawson / Alphatauri / 0
  22. Nyck De Vries / Alphatauri / 0 OUT

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