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Construction work gets underway in Singapore 31 Aug 2007

Unofficial artwork for the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. © FOA

Building work for next year’s inaugural Singapore Grand Prix officially started on Friday with a ceremony to break ground at the site of the planned pit building, just off the famous Raffles Boulevard.

Singapore’s Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, together with Minister of State for Trade and Industry, S Iswaran, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Singapore Tourism Board, Lim Neo Chian and Mr Ong Beng Seng, dug into the earth to mark the start of construction of the three-storey complex.

The pit building will be a key part of the infrastructure for Singapore’s planned street circuit, which will hold next year’s race - the first Grand Prix to be staged at night - on September 28. The ground floor will feature garages for the 12 teams, while the second and third levels will house the media centre, race control, the winners’ podium and hospitality and viewing facilities.

Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP, said, “The Pit Building is at the very heart of Singapore’s F1 action. It not only technically supports all race-related activities but it is also home to the exclusive Paddock Club. We’re very happy to be given the opportunity to be involved in the design and construction of the pit building. It's going to be very exciting seeing it take shape.”

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, is expected to finalise the exact route for the Singapore race next month, as well as carrying out further lighting trials and safety checks.