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Ecclestone accuses Singapore of using F1 to forfil ambitions

The future of the Singapore Grand Prix has been put under a cloud following comments Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone made to a German publication.

Singapore has been one of the greatest ‘lights’ as the first fully night race in the sport, winning over critics from across all spectrums, and has cemented the date as a must see for race fans. Creating an event out of the weekend, they have a show with many famous artists have played at to enhance the experience.

That is exactly what the small country wanted though, people staying and spending their money in the city, rather than just transiting through their busy international airport and become a destination in their own right. That is at least how Bernie Ecclestone sees it, questioning if the contract will be renewed beyond next season, despite its popularity.

Talking to Auto Motor Und Sport, “Look at what we have done for Singapore,” he said. “Yes, the Grand Prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we’ve also given them a lot of money.
“Singapore was suddenly more than just an airport to fly to or from somewhere. Now they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a grand prix anymore.”

It would be a blow to the sport, one of the most popular races on the calendar at the moment, along with reoccurring question marks over another fan favourite in Montreal. As Liberty Media take over next year though, it could take a new direction with race locations and are said to be interested in hosting a night race on the streets of Las Vegas.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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