Singapore to host the Formula 1 World Championship until 2021

Audrey Hill
September 16, 2017

New Formula 1 boss Chase Carey on Friday said India is a place of great potential and it would be exciting to take the sport back to the country that was dropped from the calendar four years ago.

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa is hoping to pick up a much-needed strong result for the Grove based squad at the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, with the British team having so far not performed up to their expectations across the 2017 season.

Following the demise of the Malaysian Grand Prix, which will be held for the last time on 1 October, it will be the only race in the region.

In the past, F1 has been criticised for striking one side deals heavily in their favour with local race promoters not getting enough out of the millions of dollars they cough up as hosting fees.

"We look forward to the continued support of all Singaporeans as we work with Formula 1, Singapore GP, and all stakeholders, to ensure the F1 Singapore Grand Prix remains an event that we can all be proud of", said the Minister.

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel arrives for practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore this week. This recent announcement comes after the year-on-year 19-percent growth in ticket sales.

In a statement, Formula One said: "Since its debut in 2008, the first ever night Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the F1 calendar and one of the most attractive and spectacular races".

One of Singapore's yearly high-key events will live to see another year - or four, to be exact.

With this year's race taking place on Sunday, the event could have received no better boost than confirmation it will continue until at least 2021.

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