Formula One: Singapore GP announces changes to F1 circuit near Empress Place

Nico Rosberg driving past during the first practice session of the 2014 F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg driving past during the first practice session of the 2014 F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. PHOTO: BT FILE

SINGAPORE - Race promoter Singapore GP announced on Tuesday several modifications to the Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of September's Formula One Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

The stretch from Turn 11 to Turn 13 will be modified to accommodate the enhancement works for the new Civic District, which aims to integrate the areas at Esplanade Park and Empress Place.

The right-hand Turn 11 will be re-aligned to sit tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road for a slightly slower corner speed compared to last year's race.The left-hand Turn 12 will be modified slightly so that drivers now enter the left lane of Anderson Bridge. The Turn 13 hairpin turn will be widened by one metre to enable more overtaking opportunities.


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Meanwhile, the new 220m Jubilee Bridge - which links the Merlion Park to the Esplanade promenade - has also been incorporated into the Circuit Park, providing spectators with an excellent vantage point of the fireworks display once the chequered flag is waved.

Patrons can now access the Circuit Park via a new gate at the Merlion Park. Ticketholders are advised to visit the official website (www.singaporegp.sg) to be updated on the new Circuit Park gate locations.

Said Colin Syn, Singapore GP's deputy chairman: "It's a win-win situation that the development of the new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct will provide an upgraded experience, but also potentially make for closer racing at this year's F1 Singapore Grand Prix."