Singapore adds new grandstands to compensate for loss of Float sequence

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In the round-up: The Singapore Grand Prix organisers have added new grandstands to the Marina Bay circuit for 2023 to account for the loss of the Float sequence from the track layout.

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Singapore adds new grandstands after temporary loss of Float

Singapore Grand Prix track map, 2023
Singapore Grand Prix track map, 2023

Due to renovation work on a waterside platform known as ‘The Float’, the Marina Bay street circuit will not feature the sequence from turns 16 to 19 that ran by the platform and under the grandstand until renovations are completed midway through 2026.

Instead, the circuit will now run from the kink of turn 15 directly into the former turn 20 right hander, which will now become turn 16.

To compensate for the loss of grandstand space, organisers have announced two new grandstands will be added on the inside of the first corner and just before the pit entry before the final two corners. Tickets for the new grandstands will start from S$1,188.

Andretti has faith in Honda ahead of Indy 500

Michael Andretti says Honda are working “very hard” to ensure their engines will compete with Chevrolet during next month’s Indianapolis 500.

Honda powered Marcus Ericsson to victory in last year’s Indianapolis 500, but Chevrolet engines have won each of the four oval races that have followed. Andretti, whose team run Honda engines, says he has faith in his engine supplier.

“I think they’re pretty equal, they’re getting pretty equal, ’cause there’s only so much you can do with this engine, right?,” Andretti said. “I think they’re getting closer to each other.”

“They’re always still trying to find that last little bit. I know Honda is working very hard still to do it. We’re told we’re going to have some more stuff for Indy. I’m hoping it will be what we need to beat the other guys.”

Madrid street circuit rumours resurface

Rumours the Spanish Grand Prix could move to a street circuit Madrid in the future have resurfaced in local media reports. Suggestions a temporary circuit could replace the Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona as the home of the race have been around for years, but gained fresh impetus recently.

Aston Martin’s leap forward means Spain now has two drivers who are potential podium contenders: Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jnr, who is from Madrid. The Spanish capital is also home to the recently-opened F1 exhibition at the Ifema facility. The mooted street circuit would run between that venue and the Valdedebas area, close to the Bernabeu stadium of Real Madrid football team. Spanish media suggests the track would replace the Catalunya circuit as the race’s home once its contract expires at the end of 2026.

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Comment of the day

With modern hybridisation of motorsport often being complex and hard to follow, @Tifoso1989 praises the WEC’s newest TV graphic designed to clarify how much power hypercar teams have available in a race…

The Virtual Energy Tank graph was a great addition to the WEC races. It really helps understanding the different teams’ strategies, when they will stop, how much energy they are consuming…Very cool staff btw. There was a similar graph in F1 that showed live fuel consumption in 2014 which gave insightful details about the different driving style but I don’t why it was removed.

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10 comments on “Singapore adds new grandstands to compensate for loss of Float sequence”

  1. In reference to COTD. @Tifoso1989

    The fuel usage graphic was removed because it became less important when fuel saving became less of a factor.

    In the first 2-3 years of the V6 turbo hybrid era fuel saving was a huge part of things and how much fuel they had left near the end was a more important factor so a graphic to show why some may be slower and doong lots of loft and coast at various parts of a race was felt important.

    As the fuel allowance increased and the engines and hybrid systems became more efficient fuel management became a less important factor and the fuel usage graphic therefore became less relevant. It’s now much more equal over a race distance and doesn’t have the significant effect on performance at different stages of a race as it did in those initial years.

    And as that happened pace management became more about the tires which is why they started looking for ways to highlight tire life rather than fuel usage. Although the tire performance graphic was met with mixed reviews and ended up been dropped as it wasn’t as accurate as was hoped.

    A more useful and relevant graphic to bring back would be hybrid battery usage over a lap. It’s not been seen since the 2018 graphics refresh andto bo honest I’m not really sure why it was dropped.

    1. @gt-racer
      Thank you for the detailed explanation !

  2. Both S/F straight sides towards T1 already have grandstands, so I don’t see where a new one could fit.
    As for the short straight between the third-to-last & penultimate corners, only room for a small one.
    Nevertheless, I still wish the change were permanent rather than only temporary for three seasons.

    Nothing new necessarily about the Madrid in 2026 rumor anymore.

    Nice first diary piece.

    Interesting that Ilott has received death threats from Argentinians just because of his team.
    Unacceptable nevertheless.

    Buemi certainly would’ve won races at Red Bull Racing, if not a single WDC.

  3. A little correction about Madrid street circuit: the rumored location is “Valdebebas” (not “Valdedebas”) and it is not close to Santiago Bernabéu stadium, but Alfredo di Stéfano stadium, a much smaller venue where Madrid B-team plays its games.

    That area is full of ultrawide avenues (up until 10 lanes, separated by three median strips), several roundabouts and a lot of orthogonal streets. It is very well connected to the airport, but not with the rest of Madrid city, and it is a recently-urbanized area, with a big and ugly field that cannot be considered “a park”. Not sure if it is the best possible location.

    1. While I would be inclined to say anything is better than circuit de Catalunya, I feel street circuits do not belong to F1, period. It is taking the pi.. at the participants and viewers, driven by nothing but monetisation. An exception in the form of Monaco once a year, living up to the glamorous image is more than enough and has always been considered a bit of a joke/breather in-between the serious tracks and competition the remainder of the year. But with Liberty holding the rights I think we can expect much more targeting of one off audiences that are not a fan to such extent they will not travel to a circuit but want to be fed cookies from just outside of their doorstep.

    2. I guess it sounds like a location with some space to move @diezcilindros, though I agree with Maryton that how F1 turns out to use that space might not be quite to the liking, and with the same priorities, as most fans might want :)

  4. I’ve watched from high up on the Singapore straight – one of the most restricted and least exciting views of F1 that I could imagine, the view into the pits was more exciting than what I could see of the action (there wasn’t Ferrari sandwich that year). Takeaway whiskey was nice tho.

  5. Someone please tell the Singapore organisers that this temporary track adjustment should be made permanent. The now-T16 looks much more appealing from a racing perspective.

    1. Actually looking forward to it – if 16 becomes a passing opportunity then it’s definitely a change that should be made permanent. Circuits should be interesting and promote overtaking rather than being built to pass landmarks.

  6. The article about Nascar’s race to evolve is disappointing in that about the sale of half of the Fontana oval and cites rising land value as the reason half of the land is being sold. Which was the reason that Riverside Raceway (20 miles southeast of Fontana) in 1988 was demolished and, to a lesser extent, Ontario Speedway (2 miles west of Fontana) in 1980.

    Clearly the money is the factor but tracks closing due to rising land value and it being better to sell is a problem that’s existed for decades and clearly won’t be going away any time soon.

    In the case of Fontana the Nascar race this year was one of the better races of the season and Indycar’s tenure there lead to some fantastic races over the years. On a historic level it’s the holder of the fastest closed course lap in competition with Gil De Ferran’s pole lap for the 2000 race at over 241mph. It’s disappointing that the current 2 mile track is going to the history books. I guess being a copy of Michigan (and Texas World Speedway which is currently being demolished for housing) might soften the blow but I thought the races there were generally better than those at Michigan.

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