F1 ‘discussing replacing Russian GP’ with circuit Lewis Hamilton called ‘boring’

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FORMULA ONE bosses are contemplating plenty of completely different tracks to switch the Russian Grand Prix on the calendar.

Formulation One cancels Russian Grand Prix following invasion of Ukraine

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Formulation 1 may exchange the axed Russian Grand Prix with a second race across the Marina Bay Avenue Circuit in Singapore to make sure the document 23-race 2022 season is accomplished. It is only one of plenty of concepts mooted after the Sochi Autodrom was dropped as a venue amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, leaving F1 in want of one other observe to host a grand prix.

The Russian Grand Prix was set to stage the seventeenth spherical of the season on September 25 because the season approaches its climax. Nonetheless, the race was suspended after which cancelled fully after Russian president Vladimir Putin launched his navy assault on Ukraine.

The Sochi race was initially scheduled as a part of a triple-header of races together with Singapore and Japan. Nonetheless, hypothesis is suggesting Singapore may now host occasions on each September 25 and October 2 earlier than transferring east to Suzuka.

Rumours counsel the primary weekend of the double-header in Singapore can be raced sooner than custom, with the second weekend retaining the same old 20:00 slot. The plan is gaining steam because of the course’s beneficial location, whereas it could additionally alleviate a number of the latest issues relating to F1’s freight actions. 

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F1 'discussing replacing Russian GP' with circuit Lewis Hamilton called 'boring'

Lewis Hamilton has criticised the Singapore Grand Prix prior to now (Picture: GETTY)

The information of a possible double-header in Singapore won’t be welcomed by seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has labelled the race ‘as boring as Monaco to observe’. The Brit’s feedback got here after he completed P4 on the Singapore Grand Prix in 2019, which was received by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. 

Hamilton urged occasion organisers so as to add extra overtaking spots to the observe to keep away from worries of the occasion turning into just like the Monaco GP, which – regardless of its immense historical past, intrigue and glamour – may very well be faraway from the calendar. Hamilton stated: “This sadly, it’s a actually stunning place that we come to and it’s such a fantastic observe, however it’s worse than Monaco nearly. Was it as boring as Monaco to observe that race?

“Possibly we have to change the final nook so we cease in a hairpin and we’ve got a decent hairpin to go round. The [current] final nook, you can’t comply with and it’s a sequence of 5 fairly quick corners that come up after the place you by no means get shut. That can make it much more particular this observe possibly.”

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F1 'discussing replacing Russian GP' with circuit Lewis Hamilton called 'boring'

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel received the final Singapore Grand Prix in 2019 when he drove for Ferrari (Picture: GETTY)

Nonetheless, Qatar stays an attractive choice for F1 officers. QIA, the Qatari sovereign wealth fund, holds a 17% share block within the Volkswagen Group, which has been contemplating coming into F1 for some time.

The corporate are but to commit Audi and Porsche to the game amid discussions, and an additional race in Qatar may show to be a key bargaining chip for F1. Qatar has been linked with the vacant September 25 slot after the nation hosted its first-ever Grand Prix final season, forward of embarking on a brand new 10-year deal from 2023.

The chief concern over a race being held in Qatar at the moment of the yr is the acute warmth, with temperatures pushing 40 levels, which is why different tracks are being thought of. The 22-race F1 2022 marketing campaign – which is predicted to return to a document 23 races within the close to future as soon as a Russian Grand Prix substitute is discovered – continues with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on April 24.

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