The Singapore GP hasn’t been on the calendar the last two years due to COVID but it has just inked a new deal to remain on the F1 calendar until 2028.
Singapore first came on the scene is 2008 as the first night race in F1 and it is not an easy track to race. One of the things I said back in 2008 is that I was very curious how well it would handle a wet race with all those floodlights, water and reflections. I would imagine that would be very difficult at night or at least I struggle seeing well at night with rain and light. thankfully they haven’t faced that yet.
You’ll be happy to know that the race promoters have also said they are using teh opportunity to be more sustainable including “switching to renewable energy resources” and “increasing recycling efforts”. (So, pay Seb to clean the grand stands apparently)
“I am delighted that Formula One will continue to race in Singapore for another seven years,” F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said. “The Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the first night race in F1 history in 2008, and Singapore has continued to thrill fans, teams, and drivers ever since.
“Singapore holds a special place on the F1 calendar, and this extension is part of our long-term commitment to continue to grow the sport in Asia. The plans that are in place to reduce the carbon footprint of the event are impressive and align with our plans to be Net Zero Carbon as a sport by 2030 and I look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Singapore GP and the Singapore Tourism Board as Formula One returns to this incredible city.”
Mr S Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Transport & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, said:
“Even as we deal with the immediate challenges of the pandemic, it is important that we focus on our recovery and long term growth. The Singapore F1 race continues to be a strong focal point for tourists, global events and business meetings. We have decided to continue hosting the F1 race for another 7 years, after thoroughly evaluating the long term benefits that a term extension could bring to Singapore.
“The renewal will help sustain Singapore’s reputation as a global city with a vibrant lifestyle, attracting international visitors as travel rebounds, and generating business revenue and jobs for Singaporeans. We will ensure that this year’s and future races, as large scale international sporting events, are COVID-safe, informed by the prevailing pandemic situation and public health assessment.”