Second Singapore race rumoured to replace Sochi

Second Singapore race rumoured to replace Sochi

Martin Brundle has added weight to rumours {that a} Singapore double-header might fill the hole on this 12 months’s calendar left by the cancelled Sochi race.

Sochi was scrubbed from the schedule on account of occasions in jap Europe, leaving a date free within the second half of September if Formulation 1 need to preserve this season at a brand new file of 23 grands prix.

Regardless of preliminary recommendations {that a} third consecutive Turkish Grand Prix could be an appropriate choice, geographically on the very least, it was Qatar that quickly emerged because the almost definitely substitute venue.

Qatar, which hosted a grand prix for the primary time final 12 months, begins a long-term F1 deal in 2023 however was left off this 12 months’s calendar with the nation staging soccer’s World Cup in November and December.

It was then thought September, to exchange Sochi, might work, however now that proposal seems to be cooling – if that’s not a contradiction in phrases given the temperatures of practically 40 levels in Qatar at the moment of 12 months.

As an alternative, Motorsport.com report an additional grand prix in Singapore could possibly be slotted in every week earlier than its present October 2 date – and that the primary, to supply a barely completely different id, might begin at nightfall versus the same old 8pm time for the Marina Bay night time race.

Second Singapore race rumoured to replace Sochi

Brundle, talking on Sky F1, mentioned: “I get the impression Qatar as a substitute for the cancelled Russian Grand Prix, it appeared prefer it was fairly nailed on, [but it] might nicely not occur now. I feel will probably be extraordinarily sizzling there as nicely.

“So [there’s] speak of a double-header in Singapore. I don’t know, possibly throw in a Hockenheim in any other case.

“For me, the apparent stand-in races could be Istanbul [or] Kuala Lumpur, two nice race tracks in Formulation 1. However for the time being we’re listening to doubtlessly a double-header in Singapore.”

Brundle’s point out of Hockenheim comes two years after one other German venue, Nurburgring, stepped in to stage an Eifel Grand Prix as a part of a restructured calendar as a result of international pandemic.

 

Germany has fallen away as an everyday race host in current seasons for monetary causes, with Formulation 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali saying through the winter he didn’t “see any actual curiosity from Germany in turning into a part of the Formulation 1 calendar once more”.

As for Malaysia, which final hosted a grand prix in 2017, the boss of their Sepang circuit mentioned lately he felt it was not the appropriate time to pursue Formulation 1 so quickly after the pandemic from an financial perspective.

 

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