Hold F1 race later in the year

A view of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix night race Marina Bay street circuit shrouded by haze on Sept 14, 2015.
A view of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix night race Marina Bay street circuit shrouded by haze on Sept 14, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

With the haze a perennial problem for Singapore, affecting many outdoor activities ("Hazy skies force S'poreans to cancel outdoor activities"; yesterday), events like the Formula One race could grind to a halt.

If air quality gets worse in the next few days, any cancellation of the F1 race would be a logistical nightmare.

It would also put a dent in our reputation.

Perhaps the organisers should try to negotiate a new deal to reschedule the race in future, to late October or November, when Singapore is less likely to be affected by the haze.

The Russian and United States Grand Prix take place at this time of the year, and so do the Mexican and Brazilian races.

This could be a better solution than having to come up with alternative plans close to the event date if air quality deteriorates.

Phillip Tan Fong Lip

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2015, with the headline 'Hold F1 race later in the year'. Print Edition | Subscribe