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Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

Sin­ga­pore GP, today 9.45pm ( prac­tice), mid­night ( qual­i­fy­ing); to­mor­row, race 10.30pm. IndyCars, Mon­day 10.30am. Lights on as the F1 driv­ers roar off into the night at the Ma­rina Bay street cir­cuit for the 18th edi­tion of the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix. First held in 1966 — and won from 1969 to 1971 by Kiwi Graeme Lawrence — but not from 1974 to 2007, the 5.065km cir­cuit is not with­out its dra­mas with the safety car a reg­u­lar fea­ture. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel has won four times in­clud­ing a hat- trick from 2011 and fought back from last ( 22nd) on the grid a year ago to fin­ish fifth be­hind the now- re­tired Nico Ros­berg. Lewis Hamil­ton, a win­ner here in 2009 and ’ 14, now leads the F1 cham­pi­onship by three points from Vet­tel after 13 of the 20 races. In the US, all eyes on the fi­nal round of the IndyCar sea­son as they are in Sonoma for the de­cider. Kiwi Scott Dixon has won three times here ( 2007, 2014 and 2015). His last win also clinched the IRL crown on a count­back from Juan Pablo Mon­toya who cried foul that dou­ble points were awarded for the sea­son fi­nale. Josef New­gar­den, a four- time win­ner this sea­son ( but with only nine top 10 fin­ishes) leads Dixon by three points. Dixon has won only once but has 15 top 10 re­sults, in­clud­ing sec­onds in the last two rounds at Gate­way and Watkins Glen.

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