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Track modifications to lower lap times in Singapore 12 Sep 2013

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 150 Italia.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Singapore Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Saturday, 24 September 2011 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing misses the chicane.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 23 September 2012

Race organisers in Singapore have modified the Marina Bay Street Circuit’s layout ahead of the forthcoming 2013 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix.

The chicane at Turn 10, known as ‘Singapore Sling’, has been removed and replaced by a single-apex left-hand bend.

Simulations conducted by Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, suggest that the speed of cars approaching the realigned corner could be up to 40 km/h faster.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso confirmed that lap times should be lower this year, tweeting: “Working in the simulator. New Turn 10 in Singapore this year, without the chicane of before. The lap is around one second faster.”

To compensate for the increase in speed, an extra layer of TecPro barriers will line the end of the Turn 10 run-off as an added safety measure.

Other changes to the circuit ahead of this year’s race include some minor resurfacing work, which is a result of use by daily traffic. The sections affected include the first three turns, Turn 5, Turn 8, and Esplanade Drive (between Turns 13 and 14). The pit lane has also been resurfaced as some ground settlement was observed.

The 2013 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix runs from September 20-22.

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