Singapore extends Formula One contract until 2021

19 Septembre, 2017, 18:02 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • Kimi Raikkonen right collides with Sebastian Vettel at the start of the race

It has also contributed S$1.4 billion in tourism receipts to Singapore over the past decade and drawn over 450,000 worldwide visitors, including projected arrivals for this year's race, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.

Singapore GP announced yesterday that overall attendance at the 2017 edition was 260,400, a 19 per cent year-on-year increase.

Sebastien Vettel secured pole position in Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, and he will be confident of overtaking Hamilton in the world title rankings, with Hamilton now on 238 points and Vettel just three points behind. In its first decade, the race has yielded significant economic benefits, attracting over 450,000 global visitors to Singapore and about S$1.4 billion in tourism receipts (Inclusive of projected worldwide visitor arrivals and tourism receipts for 2017).

Ferrari struggled somewhat during the first two practice runs but should have the raw power to shine on the long straights, of which there are plenty in Singapore.

Lionel Yeo, CEO, Singapore Tourism Board; S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore Government; Chase Carey, Chairman, Formula One, and Ong Beng Seng.

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The aim of the trial was to show how while watching the live race on TV, fans could build their own F1 race experiences through 360° video feeds.

"With its global viewership and media coverage, the race has reinforced Singapore's image as a vibrant and innovative city to a wide worldwide audience".

The sport's first night race marked its 10th anniversary this year and has established itself as one of the most popular and glamorous of Formula One's events.

Petrolheads are clearly loving the first night street race on the Formula One calendar, with attendance figures rising from past year, but some showed a little too much excitement for the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

"We are very pleased that it will continue to feature on the calendar for a further four years", he added.

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