F1 boss tells ‘spec­tac­u­lar’ Sin­ga­pore to stay fresh

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For­mula One chief Chase Carey chal­lenged the “spec­tac­u­lar” Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix to keep im­prov­ing yes­ter­day as he made pos­i­tive noises about strik­ing a new deal to re­tain the glit­ter­ing night race.

Carey re­fused to dis­cuss talks about the fu­ture of the street race, which snakes past the city’s land­marks and sky­scrapers and is in the fi­nal sea­son of its sec­ond five-year con­tract. But Carey, speak­ing at the All That Mat­ters con­fer­ence ahead of Sun­day’s Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, was highly com­pli­men­tary of the event, sug­gest­ing that F1 is un­will­ing to let it go.

“I think it’s great,” the F1 chief ex­ec­u­tive and chair­man said of Sin­ga­pore, which was the first race he at­tended af­ter Amer­ica’s Lib­erty Me­dia sealed its deal to take over the sport last year. “Last year was the first time I was here and I thought it was spec­tac­u­lar. You can never rest on your lau­rels, so I think you’ve got to con­tinue to find ways to make it fresh, make it new, so I think we have to con­tinue to work. If you’re stand­ing still, you’re go­ing back­wards.

“But I think Sin­ga­pore, with such a spec­tac­u­lar sky­line and the set­ting for that race, I think is some­thing that will al­ways cap­ture peo­ple’s imag­i­na­tion.” Dis­cus­sions over Sin­ga­pore con­tinue as the long­stand­ing grand prix in neigh­bour­ing Malaysia, which has been cut for cost rea­sons, pre­pares for its fi­nal race in two weeks’ time.

‘DEAL OF THE DAY’

Carey said Sin­ga­pore, which is known for its pop con­certs and en­ter­tain­ment along­side the race, had been “ahead of the curve” in the drive to broaden the F1 ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond racing. “We’re ac­tively en­gaged with our part­ners here. It’s our goal to try and reach a new deal that en­ables us to con­tinue. We’re proud of the race here, we have a good re­la­tion­ship,” he said. — AFP

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