Singapore GP

The Singapore Grand Prix may not run past 2017 – word is that the Republic hasn’t shown any indication it wants to hold a F1 race any longer, news reports indicate. Rumours have been going on for months that Singapore wasn’t looking to renew its existing five-year contract, which expires after next year’s event.

Now, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has hinted that this is looking to be very much the case. In an interview with German publication Auto Motor und Sport, Ecclestone claimed that Singapore was not going to go on with the race after 2017.

“Look at what we have done for Singapore. Yes, the Grand Prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we’ve also given them a lot of money. Singapore was suddenly more than just an airport to fly to or from somewhere. Now they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a Grand Prix anymore,” he stated.

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Race organiser Singapore GP declined to comment on the matter. Reports stated that the 2016 edition of the race saw declining attendance numbers, with overall ticket sales for the night race being 15% lower than the average attendance since the race first started in 2008.

In the interview, Ecclestone also said that the face of F1 might well change, with current manufacturers – including current champions Mercedes AMG Petronas – calling time on the series in the next few years. “It could happen to us that Mercedes and Ferrari run away. But honestly, if the races get better, this may not be such a terrible vision.”

Ecclestone clearly didn’t mince his words on the matter. “Mercedes will retire on the day when it suits them, and it’s something we had before. Look at Honda, BMW and Toyota. They go when Formula One has done the job for them. There is no gratitude,” he stated.