Singapore adds new grandstands to compensate for loss of Float sequence · RaceFans

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.

In brief

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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