Formula 1 | Two races in Singapore to replace the Russian GP?
Formula 1 has yet to announce a replacement for this year’s Russian Grand Prix but things appear to be clearing up based on rumors in the Melbourne paddock which took place over the weekend.
Sochi lost its place on the sport’s 2022 calendar after Russia invaded Ukraine, with F1 also terminating the entire contract with the promoter.
To preserve its calendar of 23 races, the FOM would consider two solutions: a return to Qatar at Losail, a year ahead of the planned contract or… a double race in Singapore!
Qatar’s Losail Circuit, which signed a long-term deal with F1 and where the sport first raced last year, is not on this year’s calendar as the country hosts the World Cup of football.
This could launch a hat-trick of Qatar – Singapore – Japan races. But the second option, more interesting logistically, is to organize two races on consecutive weekends at the Marina Bay circuit, with different start times.
Finally, a third option would be a return to the small outdoor circuit in Bahrain, which had been used at the end of 2020.