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Singapore circuit gets in-principle approval 29 Sep 2007

Colin Syn (SIN) Deputy Chairman Singapore GP PTE Ltd.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday, 6 September 2007 Unofficial artwork for the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. © FOA

Singapore’s Formula One street circuit has received in-principle approval from the sport’s governing body, the FIA. It means construction can now begin in preparation for next year’s inaugural Grand Prix, due to take place on September 28.

The FIA will conduct a series of inspections over the coming months and Singapore’s full circuit licence will be granted during the final inspection, in the week of the race itself. Plans to stage the event at night remain subject to FIA approval.

“After months of poring over the drawing board, we are now one step closer to our dream,” commented Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP. “However, there is no time to celebrate - it is now full speed ahead for us to get this race on the road.”

The 5.067km anticlockwise circuit, to consist of 14 left-hand turns and 10 right-handers, will offer a number of overtaking opportunities, challenging corners and high-speed sections designed to test the true capabilities of the drivers. It will be the first Formula One street race in Asia.

Set against the backdrop of downtown Singapore, the circuit will wind its way past landmarks such as City Hall and the Anderson Bridge, with the cars expected to reach speeds of around 300 km/h along the famous Raffles Boulevard.