F1 is staying on Singapore’s streets, with a touted move to a bespoke circuit near the city-state’s Changhi airport now off the table, according to Speed Week.
Last weekend, just ahead of the fifth highly popular grand prix under Singapore’s dark skies, it was announced that F1 is staying put at least until 2017.
“Less well known,” reported the German-language Speed Week, “is that the plans for a new facility at Changhi airport are now off the table.”
The report, however, said a tweaked street layout could be on the cards for the future. By far the least popular feature of the existing track among the drivers is the notorious turn 10 chicane.
“I think we’ve discussed it many times, every year actually, to find a better solution,” said world champion and 2012 Singapore winner Sebastian Vettel. “In terms of safety, I think that’s one of the worst corners we have on the calendar and I think (it’s) something we need to work on.
“It probably requires to take a little bit of land from the cricket club for those couple of days or maybe remove the pavement for three or four days,” he said. “I don’t know, but if you consider the costs for this whole event, I think taking a pavement away and putting it back on shouldn’t be a big problem.”