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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 22: Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 22, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

F1: Singapore Grand Prix here to stay

The Singapore Grand Prix is a gruelling test for drivers and has become a fan favourite since F1's inaugural night race in 2008

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The future of the Singapore Grand Prix has been confirmed, with a new seven-year deal running from 2022 to 2028.

The previous deal ran from 2018 to 2021, but COVID-19 prevented the 2020 and 2021 editions from going ahead.

The race at the Yas Marina Circuit had already been provisionally scheduled on the 2022 F1 calendar for October 2nd. The new deal confirms that the race will go ahead as the 18th round of the championship, COVID-permitting. It will form part of a triple-header with Russia and Japan.

“The Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the first night race in F1 history in 2008, and Singapore has continued to thrill fans, teams, and drivers ever since,” said F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“Singapore holds a special place on the F1 calendar, and this extension is part of our long-term commitment to continue to grow the sport in Asia.”

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The Yas Marina Circuit at night

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Formula One wants to extend its relationship with venues that have been unable to host races due to the global pandemic. This deal represents a commitment to guaranteeing the long-term viability of such grand prix.

The principal aim of this is to allow these events to regain momentum in an increasingly crowded F1 calendar. 2022 will see more races than ever (23) and there is intense competition from established circuits to cement their place in the sport for years to come. COVID-19 has led to a number of high-profile tracks having to postpone or cancel races. In turn, this has allowed both classic circuits, like Imola, and new hosts, such as Portimao, to showcase their venues for future races.

F1’s first night race had been ever-present on the F1 calendar from the inaugural grand prix in 2008 to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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