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Improvement of Marina Bay Circuit

The Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore will be modified for this year’s race. Following the modifications, Chicane at turn 11 and turn 12 will begin slower at the right-hand bend set close to Fuller Road left-hand. They will also re-align the corner that follows so that the drivers will use the left lane of Anderson Bridge.

This will affect the turn 13 as it will make it a tight hairpin. To improve the overtaking opportunities, they will make the corner one meter wider. This will offer the drivers more opportunities as they will be able to overtake at the stretch between Esplanade Drive and Anderson Bridge. Straits Times and Formula One through their official Twitter passed the information after Singapore GP had announced the information in their social media.

They have also proposed changes that will make the event more fun for the spectators and the TV audiences. The Jubilee Bridge is a well-known brainchild of Lee Kuan Yew and will be part of the racing.

Colins Syn – the deputy chairman of Singapore GP, told Strait times that this is a win-win situation whereby development of new arts, lifestyle precinct and culture will offer improved experience. He continued to say that it will also potentially allow closer racing during the F1 Singapore GP.

Fernando Alonso was the first person to win Singapore GP Formula One edition. He was driving for the Renault team. The Singapore GP will remain on the formula 1 calendar until the year 2017 after the organizers of this race signed an extension contract in the year 2012 with the managing team of Formula One. Since the year 2008, every race has featured a safety vehicle.

Singapore GP was initially organized in the year 1961. At that time, it was called the Orient Year GP. In the year that followed it was named the Malaysian GP. In 1965 after Singapore had attained its independence, a race held at Thomson Road was named the Singapore GP. The Singapore GP was discontinued until the year 1975 as a result of increased traffic, unsuitable racing tracks, high danger, and inconvenience resulting from the need to close the roads to allow the event and fatal accidents that happened during the 1972 and 1973 races.

Singapore GP, Bernie Ecclestone, and the Singapore Tourism Board signed an agreement. In November 2007, SingTel – a communication company announced that it would sponsor the racing event. They also televised it on their channel. The event’s official name was the “Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.” The government of Singapore funded this event, contributing 60% of the event’s total bill - S$90 million. The total amount was S$150 million.

During this Formula 1 event, there were around 110, 000 tickets available. At the end of November 2007, corporate hospitality packages and suites went on sale. In February 2008, 3 day passes went on sale and the single day passes went on sale after one month. They achieved a full set out for all tickets of the event. In 2008, Singapore GP hosted an Amber Lounge after party and in the year 2010, Singapore became the second country to host the Amber Lounge Fashion Show.

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