Singapore: Renault row won't affect GP

Singapore officials admit that they are more worried by the smog haze that is covering the city affecting next week's grand prix than any fallout from the Renault race-fix case

Singapore: Renault row won't affect GP

The build-up to F1's second night race is almost certain to be overshadowed by Monday's FIA World Motor Sport Council hearing into allegations Renault fixed the result of last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

However, although that will put the focus on the event for all the wrong reasons, senior figures from the city state are not worried that it will have any negative impact on the race.

Senior Minister of State S. Iswaran has told local media that he believes the event's reputation will not suffer because of what happened last year.

"From what I understand from the experts, this is really about more a particular team's tactics and so on, not a comment about the venue," he said. "So I don't think it has any particular impact on Singapore.

"This is really a matter between the FIA and the teams. We are a host for the race, our job is to make sure that we put on a good show, so that the visitors come here and enjoy themselves, have an eventful experience and a memorable one."

More worrying for the race organisers, however, is the smog haze that has blown in over Singapore due to a mixture of deforestation fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra, and an El Nino weather pattern bringing hotter and drier weather to the region.

S. Iswaran said that the matter would be left in the hands of the FIA, who will have to take decisions about whether or not safety is being affected.

"As for the race - the safety and impact on it (due to) the haze situation - it will be a decision taken by the FIA, so we'll leave it in their good hands," he said.

"As for our own precautions or any advisories that would be required, it will be issued by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. They will coordinate any need for it."

The Singapore Motor Sports Association president Tan Teng Lip admitted that in a worst case scenario, track action would have to be stopped.

"The worst scenario is of course if the visibility becomes so bad and it affects the drivers, you know, we talk about safety issue, so the last resort is always to stop the race, " he said.

"It is actually similar situation as if there's a very heavy rain, just like what happened in Sepang earlier this year. But of course that has to be decided by the race stewards."

shares
comments
BMW duo facing tough engine situation
Previous article

BMW duo facing tough engine situation

Next article

South Korea still pushing for 2010 race

South Korea still pushing for 2010 race
Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss Plus

Why Vasseur relishes 'feeling the pressure' as Ferrari's F1 boss

OPINION: Fred Vasseur has spent only a few weeks as team principal for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, but is already intent on taking the Scuderia back to the very top. And despite it being arguably the most demanding job in motorsport, the Frenchman is relishing the challenge

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023 Plus

The crucial tech changes F1 teams must adapt to in 2023

Changes to the regulations for season two of Formula 1's ground-effects era aim to smooth out last year’s troubles and shut down loopholes. But what areas have been targeted, and what impact will this have?

Formula 1
Jan 26, 2023
Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history? Plus

Are these the 50 quickest drivers in F1 history?

Who are the quickest drivers in Formula 1 history? LUKE SMITH asked a jury of experienced and international panel of experts and F1 insiders. Some of them have worked closely with F1’s fastest-ever drivers – so who better to vote on our all-time top 50? We’re talking all-out speed here rather than size of trophy cabinet, so the results may surprise you…

Formula 1
Jan 25, 2023
One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1 Plus

One easy way the FIA could instantly improve F1

OPINION: During what is traditionally a very quiet time of year in the Formula 1 news cycle, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been generating headlines. He’s been commenting on massive topics in a championship that loves them, but also addressing necessary smaller changes too. Here we suggest a further refinement that would be a big boon to fans

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
How can McLaren keep hold of Norris? Plus

How can McLaren keep hold of Norris?

Lando Norris is no longer the young cheeky-chappy at McLaren; he’s now the established ace. And F1's big guns will come calling if the team can’t give him a competitive car. Here's what the team needs to do to retain its prize asset

Formula 1
Jan 24, 2023
What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make? Plus

What difference did F1's fastest pitstops of 2022 make?

While a quick pitstop can make all the difference to the outcome of a Formula 1 race, most team managers say consistency is more important than pure speed. MATT KEW analyses the fastest pitstops from last season to see which ones – if any – made a genuine impact

Formula 1
Jan 23, 2023
When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter Plus

When F1 ‘holiday’ races kept drivers busy through the winter

Modern Formula 1 fans have grown accustomed to a lull in racing during winter in the northern hemisphere. But, as MAURICE HAMILTON explains, there was a time when teams headed south of the equator rather than bunkering down in the factory. And why not? There was fun to be had, money to be made and reputations to forge…

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2023
What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure Plus

What Porsche social media frenzy says about F1’s manufacturer allure

Porsche whipped up a frenzy thanks to a cryptic social media post last week and, although it turned out to be a false alarm, it also highlighted why manufacturers remain such an important element in terms of the attraction that they bring to F1. It is little wonder that several other manufacturers are bidding for a slice of the action

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2023