The organizers of the Singapore F1 GP have confirmed today that, for the third time in 7 year, the track has been modified to aid overtaking. The 2015 venue will be celebrated the weekend of September 19-20th.
Changes affect the route through Connaught and Fullerton streets, the Anderson Bridge and the Esplanade Street. Curves 11, 12 and 13 have been reconfigured so drivers can now get a better arrival at the hairpin since that turn brings them to one of the fastest sections of the circuit. The turn 11 has been tightened up so it becomes a little bit slower but it it taken directly, without transition to the turn 12. In the earlier configuration, there was a chicane.
It allows cars get to 200 km/h in Fullerton’s street. Right after the former chicane, cars get to the Andersen’s bridge. From 2015 on, drivers will use the opposite part of the bridge so the arrival to the hairpin is straighter. The access to that corner has also been widened to smooth up the entrance.
"I hope that changes in the curves from 11 to 13 allow a more competitive GP and offer more opportunities for overtaking," said the engineer Jonathan Giesecke, who is in charge of the remodeling.
by Cristina DeLarge