It’s hard to ignore the buzz in the air now that Formula One is blazing into Singapore. Now in its tenth year, the night race is widely regarded as one of the most exciting editions on the calendar. As the streets of downtown Singapore transform into race tracks, what follows is the inevitable conversation of which team you support and who your favourite driver is.
Yet there’s much more to the race than speed and a whole lot of noise. For starters, the cars are entirely different beasts from the ones you see on the roads. The budget for a top F1 team is well over S$550 million — a sum that covers everything from engine development, design and construction of a bespoke chassis, and driver salaries. If you’re in a car that’s going in excess of 250mph or more, you’d want a machine that performs for sure.
But what good is hardware without an experienced hand behind the wheels? An average person will likely not have the neck and upper body strength to drive an F1 car for a length of time at such speeds. Even professional drivers are quick to mention just how physically strenuous the sport can be.
In light of the upcoming race, we bring you a guide on the top five Formula One drivers on the table right now, so you can sound like you know what you’re talking about. These drivers are phenomenal athletes in their own right, and come race night, they’re the ones to look out for.