The F1 juggernaut has bid adieu to Europe and will now begin its journey across Asia and America for the final seven races of the season. If Monaco is the most glamourous race of the season, Singapore comes a close second, but is as popular with the fans and drivers owing to the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

It's the second night race of the season after Bahrain, but the most anticipated of the two due to the nature of the track. It is a street circuit similar to Monaco, and can produce some exciting racing despite minimal opportunities for drivers to overtake.

Ferrari were the team to beat in 2015, after Mercedes struggled after dominating the entire season. It was a surprise, but a welcome one to for the chasing pack and for the supporters, who had become accustomed to the Silver Arrows cars fighting for the win at most tracks.

Mercedes are unsure if they have managed to fix the issues that troubled them last season, but Friday and Saturday's practice sessions will confirm the 2016 pecking order. Red Bull will be favourites to challenge the Mercedes this time around as they are slightly ahead of the Ferraris following Renault's progress on the power unit front.

Where to watch live

The first practice session of the Italian Grand Prix starts at 11am BST, with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website. Live coverage of the second practice session starts at 2.30pm BST.

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Red Bull Racing are going to be Mercedes' closest challengers at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix Getty

Track Facts

  • Circuit name: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
  • First F1 Race: 2008
  • Circuit length: 5.065km
  • Number of laps: 61
  • Race distance: 308.828km
  • Lap record: 1.50'574 (Daniel Ricciardo - 2015)
  • Most wins: S Vettel (4)
  • 2015 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2015 pole: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

Drivers Championship standings

1LEWIS HAMILTONGBRMERCEDES250
2NICO ROSBERGGERMERCEDES248
3DANIEL RICCIARDOAUSRED BULL RACING161
4SEBASTIAN VETTELGERFERRARI143
5KIMI RÄIKKÖNENFINFERRARI136
6MAX VERSTAPPENNEDRED BULL RACING121
7VALTTERI BOTTASFINWILLIAMS70
8SERGIO PEREZMEXFORCE INDIA62
9NICO HULKENBERGGERFORCE INDIA46
10FELIPE MASSABRAWILLIAMS41