Singapore Grand Prix boosts grandstand numbers 02 Jul 2008
In September Singapore will host Formula One racings first-ever night race, and with demand for tickets booming, the events organisers have organised additional grandstand seating to accommodate 1600 more spectators. The promoters had already sold 92 percent of the tickets that they had previously made available.
As part of the changes, a new 1,100-seat grandstand will be placed on the citys Esplanade Drive, while a further 500 seats will be added to the Turn Two grandstand so that it links up with the Turn One seating area. In addition, the Singapore Flyer premier grandstand will also be converted to a conventional grandstand.
With this additional seating a total of 84,600 three-day walkabout and grandstand passes have been released. With 3,000 extra single-day walkabout passes, plus 13,000 corporate hospitality and Paddock Club seats, the total capacity per day of the event will be 100,600.
Changes have also been made to the designation of the street tracks corner numbers. Following an FIA-approved amendment, the number of turns of the Marina Bay circuit has been officially reduced from 24 to 23.
Previously what was Turn 10 and 11 was actually three corners close together in a chicane configuration, created to provide the right geometry and corner speeds, due to the lack of straight ahead run off in this part of the circuit, explained Michael McDonough, director for technical and race operations.
As it is created solely around what is in effect the approach to one corner it was determined, in association with the FIA, that one turn number (Turn 10) be used with a, b and c identifying the change in geometry through the turn.
Tickets for the inaugural Singapore race are still available to buy through Formula1.coms official Tickets and Travel service.