The next stop on the F1 calendar is another all-new venue. Like Valencia last month, the Singapore track is a street circuit, although a larger proportion of the circuit is expected to be actual roads rather than purpose-built track.
A few weeks before the European Grand Prix the organisers put on an event for Formula Three and GT cars. It gave them the chance to test out the venue and look for problems.
As far as I’m aware, the Singapore track isn’t doing the same.
Singapore is taking on a lot with it’s first Grand Prix – as it will also be the first ever F1 night race.
Given this, I’m surprised there seems to be no plans to test out the circuit beforehand. Does anyone know if they’ve used it for racing at all, because I haven’t seen anything about it?
F1 famously went to a new circuit in Dallas in 1984 before a test race had taken place – and the track surface fell apart during the event. It might seem unlikely that such a thing could happen again in F1, but at Montreal this year the track began to fall apart during qualifying, and F1’s been going there for 30 years.
Here’s some links to what we’ve seen of the Grand Prix preparations so far:
- Singapore night race will not be dark – How the lighting will work
- Singapore street circuit – Track maps and diagrams
- 2008 Singapore Grand Prix – event information
- Video – 3D lap of the Singapore Grand Prix track
- Night racing and the environment
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