Organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have announced that the Marina Bay street circuit will feature a minor change to its track layout ahead of this year’s Formula 1 race in September.
The layout change takes place between Turns 11 to 13, where the drivers used to navigate a right-left chicane that fed them onto the right-hand side of the Fullerton Road bridge and the Turn 13 left-hand hairpin.
Instead, the Turns 11/12 chicane will be reprofiled and the drivers will now run on the left-hand side of Fullerton Bridge, giving them a tighter approach to Turn 13, which will be widened by a metre to encourage more overtaking.
“It’s a win-win situation that the development of the new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct will provide an upgraded experience, but also potentially make for closer racing at this year’s race,” Colin Syn, the Singapore Grand Prix Deputy Chairman, said.
The revised layout will have to pass an FIA safety inspection and homologation by race director Charlie Whiting.
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