The track was designed by architect Hermann Tilke and was changed first in 2009 then in 2013 when the chicane at turn 10 was eliminated.
A third and final revision took place in 2015 when corrections were made to turns 11, 12 and 13.
Compared to the other street circuits, this one stands out for its length (5,063 meters that is 3.136 miles against 3,337 meters that is 2,074 miles in Monaco) and speeds (the average speed per lap is 190 km/h, that is 118 mph, 19 km/h that is 11.8 mph more than Monaco), besides the inconsistencies on the tarmac due to manhole covers and painted lines that can cause a loss of grip.
The quick pace and lack of space to cool down (the longest straight measures just 832 meters, 0.52 miles), make this one of the most difficult circuits on the braking systems.
Wear of the friction material is only one of the channels that has to be constantly monitored via telemetry.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 tracks in the World Championship, the Marina Bay Street Circuit falls into the category of tracks that are extremely demanding on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 5 on the difficulty index.