Singapore gets its F1 Grand Prix!
Good news for F1 fans in Singapore. Singapore will host the world's first F1 Grand Prix night race next year around the Marina Bay district. From BBC:
"Singapore is going to be the leader with the street race at night - we're excited about the idea," said F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.I have always preferred watching F1 on TV because it's far more comfortable and you can get a better view of the entire race but I think watching the race at night in Singapore will be a unique experience for all fans. It's held at night - it won't be as hot as it is in the day. Besides, I'm sure all the hotels around the Marina Bay area are pretty happy with this announcement. Overall, a good news for all of Singapore. Now, if only we have a F1 driver.
But Singapore's government says safety concerns will have to be resolved.
"Safety is of paramount concern to all of us," said Singapore's Trade and Industry minister S. Iswaran.
"Therefore, we will proceed with a night race only if the safety and operational requirements of all parties are fully met - if not, we will revert to a day race.
"(But) a night race will be unique and allow the Singapore event to reach out to television audiences in Asia, Europe and the US."
Singapore will stage the race for five years, with Ecclestone keeping the option to extend the deal for a further five years until 2017.