Singapore to continue hosting Formula 1 Grand Prix until 2021

Kimi Raikkonen had a low-key opening day in Singapore- Credit Scuderia Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen had a low-key opening day in Singapore- Credit Scuderia Ferrari
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17 September, 2017

Romain Grosjean is anxious about poor visibility at the Marina Bay circuit, which has been hit with torrential rain showers on Sunday morning.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets in both sessions, and teammate Max Verstappen was never far behind.

Final practice is at 10am on Saturday, with qualifying following at 2pm. The race is on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. ET, and NBCSN's pre-race live coverage will start at 7 a.m. ET.

The drivers head into the weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the championship for the first time this year, although he is only three points ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, with the German having won four of the nine races in Singapore.

"Performance-wise, we are where we are", he said. We can still be in the mix.

Although the chance of rain does decrease over the next few hours, showers remain possible throughout the time the F1 race is scheduled to run.

"So we are very much hoping we get it right, and we get a bit of luck".

Liberty Media chief Chase Carey, the man who replaced the great Bernie Ecclestone, has mentioned that the Indian market holds a great importance and the races might soon return, if everything goes as planned.

Ferrari has also struggled during practice, so the playing field is pretty even heading into the race.

Therefore, after much speculation over the past few weeks, there will continue to be at least four power unit suppliers in Formula 1 over the next three years, with the ten teams now entered in the championship using either Honda, Renault, Mercedes or Ferrari engines.

It will be extremely tough for India to find a way back on the ever-crowded F1 calendar with more countries showing interest in hosting the high-profile race.


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