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Formula One: Singapore extends contract to host night race until 2021

18 September 2017

Singapore GP Pte Ltd, along with Singapore Tourism Board said that the Singapore Grand Prix will continue to be a part of the Formula 1 World Championship for four more years, from 2018 to 2021.

"I am glad that all parties have been able to agree on commercial terms for an extension as F1 and Singapore have been good for each other", said Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran, speaking at a press conference.

"We're proud of the race, we have a good relationship and our goal is to get to a place where we build on that partnership long-term".

The Formula One calendar henceforth will have a total of 21 races every year, only five of which will be held in Asia. the Malaysian GP, which has been one of the most popular races of the season will not be on the calendar next year as other countries angle for a chance to hold the premier motorsport series. He did, however, acknowledge that given the wider cars this year, pole seems like it will be all important.

"A lot of corners always suit us more and street circuits as well, and not too many straights, that is ideal". "We want to make sure we are delivering better and bigger events", he added. Hamilton has won three of the last four races. But this is racing and anything can happen.

"It is truly a unique opportunity for us to reach out to new fans around the world", said Carey. This year the Ferrari auto has shown to excel in twister, slower sections of tracks and as the Singapore track is in the centre of the city, we expect Ferrari to be very strong.

Whilst Ferrari are acknowledged as the favourites to dominate in Singapore, the Red Bull engine is equally-suited for battle in round 13.

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Verstappen has had a year to forget.

After an encouraging last few races, Daniel Ricciardo was upbeat on his, and the team's, chances in Singapore this weekend.

The street circuit is quite slow and has 23 corners - that means it is likely to favour the Ferrari.

Mercedes, too, won in Singapore a year ago and in 2014. In Melbourne (a race Ricciardo described as feeling like it was from a "different season") their relative performance was so much worse than the leading 2, and it's a testament to the ability of that Red Bull team to catch up to the extent they have.

After a three-race points scoring stint which started at his home race in Montreal, Stroll's efforts were fruitless in Great-Britain, Hungary and Belgium.

Ferrari struggled somewhat during the first two practice runs but should have the raw power to shine on the long straights, of which there are plenty in Singapore.

Formula One: Singapore extends contract to host night race until 2021