Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is an island nation in maritime Southeast Asia, located on the south of the peninsular of Malaysia. With 5.7 million residents, Singapore has the second greatest population density in the world.
Formerly known as Temasik, modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles. Singapore gained self-governance in 1959, and then became part of Malaysia in 1963, but political issues led to the country's separation and independence in 1965. Following early years of turbulence and despite lacking natural resources, Singapore became a highly developed country under the leadership of prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Singapore first hosted the Singapore Grand Prix from 1961 to 1973 at Thomson Road as a non-championship race event, but it was discontinued due to safety concerns. The modern Singapore Grand Prix has been held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit every year since 2008, except in 2020 when it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural race was notorious for the Crashgate scandal, in which Nelson Piquet, Jr. was ordered to crash to help Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso win.
Circuits in Singapore
|Marina Bay Street Circuit||12||2008-2019, 2021-present|