Changes made to Marina Bay Circuit ahead of Singapore GP
The Singapore Grand Prix will be held from the 18th to the 20th of September in the island-nation.
Singapore GP, who are the race promoters and organisers of the Singaporean Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit, announced modifications to the street track, which is raced at night. The news was released on the official website of the Singaporean Grand Prix this morning.
Work is on at the Civic District in the island nation, and in order to harmonise this construction with the current layout at the Marina Bay Circuit, the stretch on the track from Turn 11 to Turn 13 has been reworked. These changes will mean slightly slower turning speeds at that chicane, and lane positions for drivers will also switch as a result of changes to the entire stretch.
It is not all bad news for racing enthusiasts, however. Turn 13, a hairpin bend, will be widened by a metre. This will give drivers more opportunities to overtake during the stretch between Anderson Bridge and Esplanade Drive. The Straits Times and official Formula One Twitter also carried the information later in the day, with organisers Singapore GP announcing the news on social media:
Changes have also been proposed to make the race more fun for spectators and TV audiences. The newly constructed Jubilee Bridge, the brainchild of Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, was opened to the public during his funeral earlier this year, and will be part of the racing.
Singapore GP's deputy chairman Colin Syn told Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times "It's a win-win situation that the development of the new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct will provide an upgraded experience, but also potentially make for closer racing at this year's F1 Singapore Grand Prix."