The prospect of a grand prix in Singapore has returned to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone’s agenda, according to reports.
The local government owned newspaper ‘Today’ said on Friday that the diminutive 76-year-old is “in talks with at least two Singaporean groups to stage a race here as early as next year”.
Negotiations must be concluded soon, the newspaper added, amid speculation that one group is led by someone touted as being “one of Singapore’s richest men”.
Reflecting the apparent seriousness of the news, renowned grand prix circuit designer Hermann Tilke is understood to have already designed a street circuit that winds through the downtown heart of the southeast Asian country.
Ecclestone told Today: “Yes, we have been talking to various parties about a race in Singapore, but as it is, nothing has been firmed up yet.
“When we have something, you will definitely know about it.”
Singapore officials declined to comment.