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Grosjean unsure wet Singapore GP is viable

Grosjean unsure wet Singapore GP is viable

"If you have a strong product, which is what we believe we have, and one that is well differentiated and has significant appeal for fans. then I think it can stand up to any kind of broader competition", he said.

He has arrived this year after six podiums in the last nine races.

"In 2015, Singapore provided us with one of the most painful experiences in recent seasons, so we rolled up the sleeves, learned from it and managed to bounce back with a great win past year".

The government will continue to fund 60 per cent of the cost of the race, while race organiser Singapore GP - backed by hotelier Ong Beng Seng - will cover the balance. Singapore Grand Prix in crucial for both Mercedes and Ferrari.

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Organisers project that another 100,000 may visit this year's race. But after two free practice sessions on Friday, teams are ready to admit that Red Bull may be hard to beat at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. This year the Ferrari vehicle has shown to excel in twister, slower sections of tracks and as the Singapore track is in the centre of the city, we expect Ferrari to be very strong.

When asked if it would be possible to race at night in the rain, the Haas driver said: "I've got no idea - and that is the concern I've always had with this race". The Pan Pacific Singapore and Marina Bay Sands are also expecting almost full occupancy for race weekend.

The Jaypee Group-owned Buddh International Circuit, which also hosts the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championships, hosted the Indian Grand Prix thrice - 2011, 2012, 2013. "It has also created good opportunities for Singaporeans and the local business community", Iswaran said. "Here, what I've seen today, Red Bull is outstanding, in the long runs they are one second quicker so they are really doing an incredible performance at the moment".

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"We look forward to the continued support of all Singaporeans as we work with Formula 1, Singapore GP, and all stakeholders, to ensure the F1 Singapore Grand Prix remains an event that we can all be proud of", says Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran said.

As F1 eyes a bigger presence in Asia, the Singapore race gives F1 a gateway to the region, he added.

Asia will only host five out of the 21 races in 2018 as Malaysia goes off the calendar post this season. For instance, headliners at this year's race weekend include Calvin Harris and Ariana Grande.

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