Sources surprised at Singapore GP silence

Mon, 19 March 2007, 11:03

Many observers in Singapore emerged from F1’s 2007 season opener surprised that a big news story failed to break.

Several sources on Monday are reporting that figures at nearly all levels of officialdom in the Asian island state were expecting an official announcement about Singapore’s inclusion on a future grand prix calendar.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone was accompanied in Melbourne by Singapore government officials and some of the private interest groups that have been linked with promoting a race, sparking speculation that a formal announcement was imminent.

But the sources are not averting their gaze yet, with the next 14-day period now earmarked as a likely period for the Singapore GP’s green light.

A floodlit race held at around midnight is tipped.

“Since we are doing it for the first time, a lot of training needs to be done for our officials and marshals, to get them ready.

“This is a more critical issue,” said Tan Teng Lip, president of the Singapore Motor Sports Association.

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