Green Light Given To Singapore Grand Prix Despite Haze; Formula 1's Latest Rumors and Talk: Lewis Hamilton Sure to Win Championship, Sergio Perez

( [email protected] ) Sep 15, 2015 11:25 AM EDT
Race promoter Singapore GP said that plans are in place if the on-going haze persist until Sunday, Sept. 20, for the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.
Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates with his team after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Drivers' World Championship title at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Reuters

Race promoter Singapore GP said that plans are in place if the on-going haze persist until Sunday, Sept. 20, for the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

A spokesperson for Singapore GP told Reuters in a statement, "The possibility of haze is just one of the many potential issues that are covered in the overall 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Contingency Plan. "The plan was formulated and refined with stake holders, government bodies and the Formula One community."

The statement added, "In the event that the haze caused visibility, public health or operational issues Singapore GP would work closely with the relevant agencies before making any collective decisions regarding the event."

Over the past week, Singapore is blanketed with heavy cloud of haze coming from the burning forests in neighboring Sumatra. The city-state is covered by a thick cloud of haze every year as farmers from Sumatra burn forests to clear their land for farming.

On Monday, Singapore's National Environment Authority said there had "been a deterioration in the haze conditions" over the last 24 hours because of the prevailing winds coming from the direction of Sumatra. Under the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI), the haze is currently rated as being in the low- to mid- sections of the 'unhealthy' range of air quality.

The NEA said, "There has been a deterioration in the haze conditions in Singapore since early this morning, as the prevailing winds continued to blow in haze from Sumatra. As at 11 a.m. today, the 24-hr PSI was... in the low to mid sections of the unhealthy range."

Formula 1's Latest Rumors

Reports have been circulating that Sergio Perez is close to signing a new deal to stay at Force India. The 25-year-old Mexican is rumored to be planning to transfer to Renault in the 2016 Formula 1 season. Perez has already represented three teams in his five seasons in Formula 1, reported Bleacher Report.

The report cited several Force India executives who said a new deal is being prepared to keep Perez with the team. An announcement is scheduled during the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

Meanwhile, retired Australian driver and four-time world champion Mark Webber said that this year's Formula 1 season is already over as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton already has a commanding lead of 53 points over his second rival, teammate Nico Rosberg.

Super Early Tickets For 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore GP has released Super Early Bird tickets to the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, provisionally scheduled to be held from 16 to 18 September 2016 (subject to confirmation).

Fans can enjoy significant savings of up to 30% off regular ticket prices when they purchase the three-day Zone 1 Walkabout Combination, or three-day Pit, Stamford, Padang and Bay Grandstands at Super Early Bird prices (priced from S$258 to S$898) from now to 27 September 2015. See Annex 1 for ticket prices.

Reduced price for first time Super Early Bird release of Zone 1 Walkabout Combination tickets

Singapore GP has released the popular Zone 1 Walkabout Combination ticket for the 2016 race during the Super Early Bird phase for the first time. At S$498, this Super Early Bird price offers fans savings of up to 28% off the regular price.

Introduced in 2013, the Zone 1 Walkabout Combination consists of a Pit Grandstand ticket for Friday and Saturday, and a Sunday Premier Walkabout ticket to offer spectators the flexibility to explore different parts of the Circuit Park over three days.