Formula 1 has announced that the Singapore Grand Prix will remain on the calendar for a further seven years, with a new deal extending Marina Bay Street Circuit’s contract to host the event to 2028.
The long term future of the Singapore Grand Prix has been confirmed, with event organisers signing a new seven-year deal. It means that Marina Bay Street Circuit will stay on the schedule until at least 2028. The event last signed a new contract in 2017, with a four-year extension securing the future of the event through to 2021 – though the 2020 and 2021 races did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Singapore Grand Prix originally featured on the 2022 calendar with an asterisk – as did Imola and Circuit of The Americas – denoting that a contract had yet to be signed with the event organisers.
A commitment to sustainability
In a statement, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said he is “delighted” that F1’s future in Singapore has been confirmed and touched on the event’s commitment to becoming more sustainable as part of its new deal:
“I am delighted that Formula 1 will continue to race in Singapore for another seven years. The Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the first night race in F1 history in 2008, and Singapore has continued to thrill fans, teams, and drivers ever since. Singapore holds a special place on the F1 calendar, and this extension is part of our long-term commitment to continue to grow the sport in Asia.
The plans that are in place to reduce the carbon footprint of the event are impressive and align with our plans to be Net Zero Carbon as a sport by 2030 and I look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Singapore GP and the Singapore Tourism Board as Formula 1 returns to this incredible city.”
The original night race
Singapore is the home of Formula 1’s original night race. Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted Formula 1’s first ever night-time event back in 2008. The inaugural race, which was also the 800th World Championship race, was one of F1’s most controversial, with Fernando Alonso taking victory after his team-mate purposefully crashed out of the race. The latest deal ends in the event’s 20th anniversary year.
The news of Singapore’s latest contract extension will be welcomed by fans. The Singapore Grand Prix has become one of the best races to attend on the Formula 1 calendar and attracts a large international audience. At the most recent Singapore Grand Prix, in 2019, attendance figures exceeded 260,000. The event was won by Sebastian Vettel, the victory being his last with Ferrari and remaining his most recent in F1.
The 2022 Singapore Grand Prix is set to take place at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 30 – October 2. Tickets for the event are not yet on sale.