Singapore track changes to cut F1 lap time by up to 20 seconds

Work to redevelop The Float area at Marina Bay into a new entertainment and stage area means that the previous section of the circuit from turns 16 to 19 will not be able to be used next year.

It’s the section of the circuit best known as the scene of Nelson Piquet Jr’s deliberate crash in 2008 that helped his teammate Fernando Alonso win that year’s Grand Prix.

Work on what will become ‘NS Square’ will begin in March next year and this means that for next year’s Singapore GP the track will miss the entire section in front of the famous grandstand.

Instead, the circuit will now feature a flat out section from the right-hander to Turn 14, which will incorporate a new 379.3m long straight from Turn 15 to the new tight Turn 16.

Early simulations of the changes to the track estimate that the lap time will drop significantly to 1m27.7s.

At this year’s Singapore GP, Charles Leclerc took pole position with a lap time of 1m49.412s.

Qualifying conditions weren’t ideal though, with the track starting out wet and dry practice times having been quicker by more than five seconds per lap.

Following the revisions, which will reduce the length of the track to 4.928 kilometres, the number of laps for the race will be increased to 63 from the current 61.

Although the changes have been sorted with local architects and approved in principle by F1, they are still subject to formal approval by the FIA ​​World Motorsport Council.

The track is expected to return to its traditional layout for 2024 once the new NS Square area is completed.

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