Drivers hoping ‘Singapore Sling’ is hurled out

© Ubaid Parkar, 26 September 2012
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With the Singapore Grand Prix confirmed for another five years on the calendar, organisers confirmed that there could be a few changes to the layout to keep the track more appealing to Formula 1.

Drivers in particular are hoping that Turn 10 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit is done away with considering the discomfort they felt driving around that section.

Known as the ‘Singapore Sling’, former F1 driver David Coulthard described the sequence of turns as ‘Mickey Mouse’ while Narain Karthikeyan didn’t see the funny side of it either.

“It's a horrible circuit. I don't like it. The turns and the bumps and everything,” the HRT driver said after Friday practice. “Such a nice atmosphere the Singapore Grand Prix but the circuit is too much stop and go.

“Then there's this funny Turn 10. Every time you get it wrong, it's like somebody hammering your head. It's painful,” he pointed out. “That part is dangerous if you blow up the brakes, it's hard on this site, and if you get it sideways or something and you launch it, then you end up in the wall. I don't enjoy it much.

“And I think they said it's become more bumpy than last year in some parts,” he added.

On the other end of the grid, Sebastian Vettel too expressed his concerns, shared by both McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado.

“I think we've discussed it many times, every year actually, to find a better solution in Turn 10 which probably requires to take a little bit of land from the cricket club for those couple of days or maybe remove the pavement for three-four days,” the Red Bull driver said.

“I don't know, but if you consider the costs for this whole event, I think taking a pavement away and putting it back on shouldn't be a big problem, but in terms of safety, yeah, I think that's one of the worst corners we have on the calendar, because you've got these big kerbs, big bumps and it's a bit tricky to find a better solution right now with the space we have, but I think that's something we need to work on,” the German explained.

 

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