Formula 1 will be returning to Singapore for another seven years after the sport extended its contract with the race's organisers.
The street circuit that is located in the Marina Bay section of the city has been on the calendar since 2008 and is also the site of one of the sport's landmark moments as it became the first venue to host a night race, with Fernando Alonso taking victory at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, which was marred by the crash-gate scandal involving the Renault team and Flavio Briatore.
Formula 1's last visit to Singapore was in 2019, where Sebastian Vettel led home Ferrari's only 1-2 of the season after just pipping teammate Charles Leclerc to victory, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen finishing third.
Singapore was set to host a round of the 2020 and 2021 championships, but after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and a rapidly deteriorating situation in the country that caused the circuit's pit area to be used as a makeshift hospital, both races were cancelled. .
Despite these two cancellations, Singapore is penciled in to host the 18th round of this year's championship on the weekend of the 30th September-2nd October.
Formula 1's CEO and president Stefano Domenicali was delighted with the news that Singapore had renewed its contract for seven years whilst also praising the organizers plans to reduce the event's carbon footprint.
“I am delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race in Singapore for another seven years, The Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the first night race in F1 history in 2008, and Singapore has continued to thrill fans, teams, and drivers ever since. Singapore holds a special place on the F1 calendar, and this extension is part of our long-term commitment to continue to grow the sport in Asia.”
“The plans that are in place to reduce the carbon footprint of the event are impressive and align with our plans to be Net Zero Carbon as a sport by 2030, and I look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Singapore GP and the Singapore Tourism Board as Formula 1 returns to this incredible city.”
Singapore GP's chairman Ong Beng Seng echoed Domenicali's words whilst also stating that the country is now ready to welcome international tourists and businesses back to the country.
“We are very pleased that the night race will continue for seven more years. After more than a decade of celebrating this spectacular event on the racing calendar, we are looking forward to building on its success and working with Formula 1 as well as its partners to take the night race to greater heights. We are delighted that this marquee event will demonstrate how Singapore is open for business.
“We look forward to welcoming both local and overseas fans and visitors to the Marina Bay Street Circuit once again.”