Even though the inaugural 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was hailed as a tremendous success, event organisers are looking at ways they can improve the spectacle for fans and drivers in time for the 2009 return. The Marina Bay circuit hosted Formula One’s very first night race and the general consensus was that the grand prix went very well. However, still seeking perfection, track designers are speaking with the teams to see how it could be even better.
The most notable thing that could be improved were the excessive bumps. Normally it is quite hard to tell when a car hits a bump on a track because the pace at which the car is travelling and the fact that the downforce pushes the car straight back down onto the road means the cars appear to be moving very smoothly. However, when viewing the Singapore race last year, the bumps were very noticeable. The cars were bobbing along and when they reached turn ten, the kerbs often lifted all four wheels off the ground.
We want to reduce the bumps and smooth out the circuit, so that will be an improvement next year to make the race even better than it was in 2008. Colin Syn, Event Chairman.
Another area Syn is looking at is the first sequence of corners in the hope that more overtaking can be encouraged by re-profiling the turns.
We are modifying turns one, two and three because we want drivers to have more opportunities to overtake this year. Colin Syn, Event Chairman.
I’m not sure if Valencia are intending to make any modifications ahead of their second race in 2009, but comparing the two street circuits that debuted in 2008, I’d say Valencia needs more work than Singapore.