Second race in Singapore ,Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, F1 announced the cancellation of the race in Sochi scheduled for 25 September , as well as terminating the “Russian grand prix“ contract.
The idea has been discussed with the promoters in Singapore, which could possibly run the two races on consecutive weekends at Marina Bay Street Circuit at slightly different times of day, starting one at dusk before the other retains the traditional 8pm start for a full night race.
Second race in singapore where Singapore has not hosted a grand prix
A similar approach was taken for the pair of races in Bahrain at the end of 2020, when the Sakhir Grand Prix started a few hours later than the Bahrain Grand Prix one week earlier.
Singapore has not hosted a grand prix since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has recently reopened to tourists and plans are moving ahead for F1 to return on the scheduled 2 October weekend.
F1 remains committed to ensuring its record 23-race calendar is fulfilled this year, with Singapore being just one possible alternative to replace Russia should a deal with Qatar not be finalised.
F1 Russian Grand prix
Formula 1 had planned to hit another new record this year with 23 races on the schedule for the first time – but the Russian grand prix has subsequently been cancelled. Miami in early May is the exciting new addition, on a track on the site of the Hard Rock Stadium, while there are scheduled returns for Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan for the first time in three years.
“I’m delighted to welcome Kevin Magnussen back to Haas F1 Team,” commented Guenther Steiner, Team Principal of Haas F1 Team. “When looking for a driver who could bring value to the team, not to mention a wealth of Formula 1 experience, Kevin was a straightforward decision for us. Kevin’s immediate availability means we can tap into him as a resource for pre-season testing alongside both Mick Schumacher and Pietro Fittipaldi. Pietro’s going to be first in this week with half a day’s running at the test on Thursday – that’s a great opportunity for him, with Mick and Kevin doing the rest ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.”
About Melbourne DRS zones
The Melbourne circuit had three DRS zones the last time F1 raced in the city back in 2019, but since then it has undergone substantial renovation via corner changes in a bid to promote overtaking on a layout that had not changed since joining the calendar back in 1996.
Even with those changes, overtaking is still expected to be a challenge for F1 drivers in the first Australian GP since the COVID-19 pandemic, with the reformed layout featuring four DRS zones when the new layout was officially designated by the FIA earlier this week.
Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF)
The Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) – Promoter of the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN AGRAND PRIX 2021 – today unveiled the new and official Jeddah Corniche Circuit logo which will serve as the identifying marker for the newest, fastest and longest street circuit in the world which is set to stage the penultimate round of this enthralling F1® season.
With exactly 2 months to go until the pinnacle of motorsport arrives in Jeddah on the weekend of December 3rd -5th, the Jeddah Corniche Circuit’s newly designed logo has been fashioned to showcase the Kingdom’s authentic identity, rich heritage, vast capabilities and strong position as the newest home for global motorsport and entertainment events.
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
CEO of the Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Martin Whitaker, also added: “The rate of progress on the development of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit as we enter the crucial final period of the track build is very good.
With almost all the base course tarmac laid by early September, we are now in the assembly stage of the circuit’s permanent and semi-permanent structures, including the stunning 280-metre-long Pit & Team buildings alongside other buildings including the Fan Zones and grandstands.
In a note to the teams announcing the move, F1 race director for this event Niels Wittich said: “For safety reasons, DRS Zones will be reduced to 3 for the remainder of the event.
“DRS detection 1 will be moved to before Turn 9, DRS activation 1 will be after Turn 10, DRS detection 2 will remain unchanged, with the following activation zones will be renumbered accordingly.