Singapore GP Rated Tough on Brakes

STEZZANO, Italy – This weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, the final one of the summer and one of the few which has not seen a Max Verslappen victory in six starts, is one of the toughest on brakes, according to Brembo technicians.

On a scale of 1 to 5, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is rated a 4 by the Brembo engineers.

The rating is based upon the race’s quick pace as shown by the average lap speed of 190 km/h (118 mph) on dry tarmac and a lack of space for cooling down since the longest straight section is 832 meters (910 yards) long.

Record braking and load on brake pedal

Compared with the Monaco Circuit which is 3,337 meters (2.07 miles) long, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is 1.7 km (1.05 miles) longer. The number of braking sections per lap is not very different: 12 in the Principality of Monaco (the same as Baku and Suzuka) with Singapore having the record with 15.

From the starting line to the finish in the Singapore GP, each driver exerts a total load of nearly 105.5 metric tons on the brake pedal, double that of Suzuka and a season record.

What is more, on nine of the braking sections, the drivers apply a load of more than 100 kg (220 pounds) with deceleration of at least 3.4 G for each of these braking sections, significant values which require exceptional strength and muscle power. 

200km/h (124 mph) less in 96 meters (105 yards)

Of the 15 braking sections at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, four are classified by Brembo technicians as demanding on the brakes, five are of medium difficulty, and the remaining six are light.

The most demanding braking is on turn 14: the single seaters go from 289 to 90 km/h (180 to 56 mph) in 2.28 seconds and cover a distance of j96 meters (105 yards).

At this point, the drivers are subjected to a deceleration of 4.8 G and apply a 153 kg (337 lbs.) load to the brake pedal.


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.