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Singapore Grand Prix 2019: What time does the F1 race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the latest odds?

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The Singapore Grand Prix returns to the Marina Bay Street circuit this weekend - Getty Images AsiaPac

What is it?

The 2019 Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the 15th race of the 2019 Formula One season. 

When is it?

The first two practice sessions take place on Friday September 20, qualifying runs on Saturday September 21 and the race itself is on Sunday September 22. 

What time does it start?

Qualifying starts at 2pm BST but the race begins at 1.10pm BST on Sunday. 

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have exclusive coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few. Qualifying coverage begins at 1pm BST and race coverage begins at 11.30am BST on Sunday.  

Channel 4 have highlights for this round, too. Their qualifying program begins at 6.30pm BST on Saturday and their race coverage starting at 7pm BST on Sunday. 

You can also keep up to date throughout the race with Luke Slater right here at Telegraph Sport.

Watch the Singapore Grand Prix through Now TV for £9.99.

What do we know about the Marina Bay Circuit?

  • Circuit length: 5.063km
  • First grand prix: 2008
  • Laps: 61
  • Race distance: 308.706km
  • Race lap record: 1.41.905 (Kevin Magnussen, 2018)
  • 2018 winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
  • Number of corners: 23
  • Overtaking chances:  For a traditional street circuit (and not one of those fake ones like Australia, Canada and Russia) it's not too bad, but most areas come with some risk; we have seen a lot of misjudged moves and collisions over the years. Don't expect to see too many of them, though a safety car period could make things interesting. 

What happened last year?

Lewis Hamilton reigned supreme in qualifying and the race, taking his seventh win of the season and extending his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 40 points. He never looked back, really, securing the title in Mexico a little later in the year. 

What are the odds (top six)?

  • Lewis Hamilton - 6/5
  • Max Verstappen - 7/4
  • Valtteri Bottas - 8/1
  • Charles Leclerc - 8/1
  • Alexander Albon - 10/1
  • Sebastian Vettel - 14/1

What is our prediction?

After two victories in two races, having had none in 2019 before (Ferrari wins are like buses, or something...) this is going to be much more difficult for them to win and even be competitive. It looks, then, like the circuit will suit the Red Bull and Mercedes more. Most likely the Mercedes will have an advantage but it could be close.  Perhaps it will be a battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, as we sort of had last year. Will be interesting to see how Alex Albon does here as it's his first race against Verstappen at Red Bull with a relatively even outlook, i.e. neither of them has a grid penalty. We think Verstappen is going to win this one, though. 

 

Podium prediction: 1st Verstappen 2nd Hamilton 3rd Bottas