Changes are being made to an iconic part of Singapore's Marina Bay street circuit in a bid to spice up the racing, race organisers announced today. They come at the same time as a number of key enhancements to Singapore's Civic District and tie-in with the city-state's 50th anniversary of independence.
The enhancement works by Singapore's Urban Redevelopment Authority aim to integrate the areas at Esplanade Park and Empress Place to form a new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct which includes the Asian Civilisation Museum, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall and the National Gallery.
The FIA and race promoter Singapore GP have approved modifications to the alignment of the track between Turns 11 and 13 to dove-tail with the new Civic District enhancement plans. The right-hand Turn 11 will remain, but will be re-aligned to sit tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road for a slightly slower corner speed compared to 2014.
The left-hand Turn 12 will also be modified slightly so that drivers now enter the left lane of Anderson Bridge, before accelerating towards Turn 13 at 200km/h – which is a similar speed to 2014. The Turn 13 hairpin will be widened by one metre to enable more overtaking opportunities.
These are the first changes to the track since the famous 'Singapore Sling' chicane was eliminated in 2013.
Faithful+Gould Senior Project Manager and Engineering Track Manager, Jonathan Giesecke is overseeing changes to the Singapore circuit – and believes they will improve the racing.
"It is a fantastic challenge to translate changes to Singapore's Civic District into improvements to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. I expect the modifications from Turns 11 to 13 will enable closer racing and the potential for additional passing opportunities."
The 2015 Singapore Formula One Grand Prix will take place September 18 to 20.