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Work to begin on Singapore street circuit 14 Aug 2007

Unofficial artwork for the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. © FOA

With its inaugural Grand Prix just over a year away, Singapore has already begun preparations for its new street circuit. The Asian city, which will host the race in September 2008, is currently finalising the design of its paddock complex and plans to start construction next month, once the FIA has approved the design.

“I am pleased that the planning for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is progressing well,” explained Mr Lim Neo Chian, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, who chairs the event’s working committee.

“We have refined the proposed street circuit and submitted the plans to the FIA for its assessment and endorsement. It is heartening to note the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by every member of the team in delivering a Grand Prix that all Singaporeans will be proud of.”

The Singapore event, which was confirmed back in May, will take place on public roads around the city’s Marina Bay area. The 5.05 kilometre-long track has been designed to offer a number of overtaking opportunities, fast turns and technically-challenging sections to test the Formula One drivers to their absolute limit.

With more than 70 percent of the circuit utilizing existing Singaporean roads, the design stage required local government agencies and race promoter, Singapore GP Pte Ltd, to work very closely together. As part of the planned work, a new 1.2 kilometre road will be constructed to form the eastern section of the circuit, while the famous Raffles Boulevard will be widened.

“It’s going to be very exciting to see all this take shape,” added Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP. “The sheer scale of the task required is simply staggering, but the support that we’ve received from all the government agencies involved has been tremendous.”

The Singapore race is scheduled to take place on September 28, 2008.