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PostPosted: 11 May 2007, 13:52  
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Singapore will host a round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, it was confirmed on Friday. The race, to be held on a new street circuit, will be the first night-time event in Formula One history.

The announcement follows the agreement of a five-year deal between F~0~M CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Singapore entrepreneur Mr Ong Beng Seng, and the Singapore Tourism Board.

“I am very pleased to welcome Singapore to the Formula One family and we look forward to this exotic addition to the championship,â€￾ said Ecclestone. “This will be the first fully lit street race in Formula One.

“As a night race we anticipate it will quickly establish itself as one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on our calendar. I know the Formula One drivers, teams and fans are all looking forward to coming to Singapore next year.â€￾

The new race is scheduled to take place towards the end of the calendar in September or October. The timing of the night event means it can be broadcast at a convenient time for European TV audiences as well as thrilling local fans. It is also expected to have a hugely positive economic impact on the region.

"We are delighted to have reached a deal to bring this landmark event to Singapore, and look forward to working with F1, the Singapore Tourism Board and the business community to deliver a great race and vibrant support events together with the very best of Singapore’s famed hospitality and cuisine.â€￾ Ong added.

The Singapore Grand Prix will take place on public roads around the Marina Bay area. The design proposal includes powerful lighting systems that will replicate daylight conditions and the most stringent safety protocols will be applied to ensure driver and spectator safety.

Grandstand seating and hospitality areas lining the track will be able to accommodate more than 80,000 spectators, while a permanent pit area with deluxe paddock facilities will be built adjacent to the existing Singapore Flyer complex.

“It will be more than just a motor race,â€￾ commented Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Mr S Iswaran. “We envision it to be a national festival, and one that presents many opportunities for participation for everyone, both visitors and Singaporeans alike.

“Singaporeans are excited about the race coming to Singapore and I share their enthusiasm. Singapore looks forward to welcoming the Formula One drivers, teams and fans to Singapore next year.â€￾

The Singapore Grand Prix will be managed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, a newly incorporated race promotion company formed between Komoco Motors and regional events company Lushington Entertainments, via its parent company Reef Enterprises.

It looks like 2008 will be full of interesting venues. I just wonder if Bernie isn't rushing into things. Especialy giving the fact that it will be a night race.
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damn that's gonna be a big change an driving in the night is not easy and drivers gets tired easily and a street circuit damn poor drivers :P

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The Valencia circuit looks cooler, but I guess night racing is still gonna be very exciting, well done Bernie :cheesy:
Let's hope that lack of safety won't become a problem before the GP

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finaly ! singapore joinnin into the F1 WORLD !! HAHAHA !! life would be much mo beautiful here T_T im so touched

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It will be a new challenge for the drivers, driving in the night. Will be interesting to see how the do.

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Finally F1 at NIGHT!
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wow, at singapore

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I don't like that night race idea, looks like Eclestone wants some bad accidents. See, water and light isn't best possible combination... At this point that means rain + huge spotlights + Formula 1 race in the nigth = Not good. Water folds light and I consider it as security risk while driving formula 1 car. And I like to wake up early, and Singapore is at same timezone with Malaysia, that means actually that the race starts 9 or 10 o'clock am in here Finland. (Only when they drive Malaysian GP) Australia's GP start's at 6 o'clock in here. Japanese GP start's about 7 or 8 o'clock in here so that's why I don't like that night race. So NOT NIGHT RACE PLEASE!!!
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I like the idea of a night race. It should be cool under the lights,lookin 4ward to it..
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yeo, taht would be gr8!

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finaly ! singapore joinnin into the F1 WORLD !! HAHAHA !! life would be much mo beautiful here T_T im so touched


yes, f1 in a city with tall buildings at the circuit and at night time..it will looks so futuristic :lol: congrats!
now we only need flying f1 cars :lol: :lol:

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nite race is good
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That would be well intresting... we will have 2 wait 2 see if it is a success though
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I think it's nice to have an evening race, unless it has any problems with safety.

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