It is an annual ritual on the Formula One calendar that is unique to Singapore – the Republic’s religious leaders gathering around the Marina Bay Street Circuit to bless the track ahead of next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. Standing from left to right, Swami Jitamansananda (Hinduism), Rabbi Mardoche Abergel (Judaism), Ervad Rustom M Ghadiali (Zoroastrianism), Ven. Shi Xiang Yang (Buddhism), Master Chung Kwang Tong (Taoism), Jayantilal Amarshi Govindji (Jainism), Rev. Haraneath Singh (Christianity), Aladad Khan Mulladad Khan (Islam), Gurmit Singh (Sikhism) and Kuek Yi Hsing (Baha’i faith) are united in their wishes for a safe race. Next week’s race is building up to be a thriller as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (250 points) leads the drivers’ championship by just two points ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg.