Singapore GP

It looks like the choking cloud of haze that is hanging over our region at the moment could affect the running of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix that will be held this weekend, September 18-20.

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) told the BBC that the country’s Pollutant Standard Index levels were likely to remain in the “unhealthy” range for the next week as well.

A race spokesperson said that the haze would only become an issue if its causes “visibility, public health or operational issues”. As of 11am today, the air quality index for Singapore is rated at 159, which is in the “unhealthy” range. NEA’s website says that current conditions are set to persist for at least the next two days, and air quality is set to worsen if unfavourable winds bring in even denser haze from Sumatra, Indonesia.

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September 13 regional haze map by Singapore’s National Environment Agency

Organisers told the Beeb that they will “work closely with the relevant agencies before making any collective decisions regarding the event,” and “the possibility of haze is just one of the many potential issues that are covered in the contingency plan.”

So will the 13th round of the 2015 F1 season get underway under a thick blanket of smog or would reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton have to bide his time for a crack at this race if it gets postponed?

In the meantime, enjoy viewing the fastest lap ever recorded around Monza and the top F1 overtakes from the last five years, fellow F1 fan.