Singapore (Marina Bay) Formula 1 Grand Prix 2017 (Race Results & Highlights)

Kristopher Nichols
September 18, 2017

It is also because the Republic is keen to see where the sport will go after the expiry of a Concorde Agreement in 2020.

Singapore GP's Mr Ong Beng Seng says: "Since 2008 we have enjoyed a close working relationship with Formula 1 and all of its key players".

The drivers head into the weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the championship for the first time this year, although he is only three points ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, with the German having won four of the nine races in Singapore.

Romain Grosjean is anxious about poor visibility at the Marina Bay circuit, which has been hit with torrential rain showers on Sunday morning. Some 780 million viewers worldwide have tuned in over the years to watch the street race, and with it glimpsed spectacular views of the nation's distinctive skyline. "This has not only created an exciting atmosphere during the race season, but also injected creative concepts and experiences that continue to attract tourists to Singapore all year round", says Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board.

Singapore will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2021 after a new four-year deal was signed. This information will be used to improve engine and aero designs by helping teams observe how current cars react to race conditions right when it's happening, as CNBC reports.

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Nico Hulkenberg put his works Renault F1 auto at the head of the fourth row of the grid ahead of Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda. The second McLaren-Honda of Stoffel Vandoorne was ninth, well ahead of 10th-placed Carlos Sainz Jr.

Race weekend typically brings brisk business for hotels and food & beverage establishments as the buzz from the track spills over to outside it. The road closures have been a bugbear for motorists and some retailers in the Marina Bay area. In addition, it is keen on introducing limitations on team budgets to make the sport more competitive and attract new viewers.

Nether-the-less, Vandoorne is hoping the safety vehicle, which has made an appearance in all of the previous nine Singapore Grand Prix, can aid their chances of advancing their positions, but he feels the team can secure what would only be their second two-car points finish of 2017.

As F1 eyes a bigger presence in Asia, the Singapore race gives F1 a gateway to the region, he added. He has finished third in five other races.

Meanwhile, no title sponsor has been announced as yet for the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix (Sept 14-16).

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