Singapore confirms race deal

Singapore confirmed on May 11th that it has agreed a five year deal to host Grands Prix from 2008. The race is likely to be scheduled towards the end of the calendar and aims to be F1's first ever night race. However, that is not yet definite as...

Singapore confirmed on May 11th that it has agreed a five year deal to host Grands Prix from 2008. The race is likely to be scheduled towards the end of the calendar and aims to be F1's first ever night race. However, that is not yet definite as safety issues are still being debated.

Singapore's Trade and Industry minister S. Iswaran said: "Safety is of paramount concern to all of us. Therefore, we will proceed with a night race only if the safety and operational requirements of all parties are fully met -- if not, we will revert to a day race."

The race will take place on a street circuit in the Marina Bay area and it's proposed that floodlights will simulate daylight conditions. "This will be the first fully lit street race in Formula One," said Bernie Ecclestone. "As a night race we anticipate it will quickly establish itself as one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on our calendar."

The news comes just one day after Valencia announced it has agreed a deal to host races, also from 2008. Ecclestone said the contract won't be confirmed until President Francisco Camps is re-elected in local elections later this month, which has reportedly sparked a political row.

Opposition groups in Valencia and Madrid have criticised the agreement, claiming it contravenes electoral rules and that Camps is using the situation for political gain. The ruling Socialist Party in Madrid has lodged an official complaint.

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