Formula 1 waved goodbye to Europe for another season, signing off on the flat-out blasts of Monza. Two weeks on, the teams are preparing for the second slowest race of the season on the streets of Singapore.
Only Monaco has a lower average speed than Formula 1's only full-on night race, and the key difference between here and the principality is that the Singapore Grand Prix is still run to the full distance of more than 300 kilometres (Monaco is down at 260).
Monaco had to be shortened because the full distance would never be finished inside the two hour time limit for grands prix. But the Marina Bay circuit is just quick enough that the 61 laps can be completed inside the required time. There's not a lot in it though - after three editions of the race it is yet to be completed in under one hour and 56 minutes.
That, combined with the high temperatures and humidity (running the event during the day at this time of the year would be asking far too much of those involved) makes this one of the most physical races of the year, despite the fact that only four of its 22 corners are taken above second gear.
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