F1: It could get even better on the Bay

F1: It could get even better on the Bay

If you ask Colin Syn how the new rules in Formula 1 will affect the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2014, he will tell you it will make the race more exciting.

As deputy chairman of race organisers Singapore GP Pte Ltd, one would expect him to express such optimism.

Formula 1 cars experienced significant changes before the season got underway, foremost of which was the change from the loud, naturally aspirated 2.4-litre V8 engines to the quieter, more efficient 1.6-litre V6.

That change has drawn loud criticism from race fans all over the world, many of whom feel the sport isn't the same without the ear-shattering engine roar.

Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, Syn, 67, explained in detail why he holds a contrary position - suggesting that the lighter engines could lead to more overtaking on the Marina Bay street circuit.

"The quieter engines were a surprise to everyone at first, but if you are a technically-inclined race fan, you'd find that the power they obtain from the smaller V6 is quite incredible," he said.

"And look at the racing. The last few races were very exciting because there were lots of overtaking... It bodes well for the Singapore circuit, because the cars are more nimble and agile.

"And I think further developments could make the cars even faster."

What should also make the Singapore night race more thrilling this year is the ongoing feud between Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who are battling for the world drivers' crown this year.

At the Belgian Grand Prix last week, German driver Rosberg came under fire after a collision with team-mate Hamilton, causing the Briton to retire after four laps.

Rosberg currently sits atop the drivers' standings, 29 points ahead of Hamilton.

The Formula 1 circus moves to Monza on Sept 7, before the big tent arrives here from Sept 19 to 21.

Syn said: "I think the incident (in Belgium) was an accident, to be honest. But (the rift) was bound to happen, given their different personalities.

"We're very fortunate that the Singapore race is at such a crucial juncture of the F1 calendar (the 14th of 19 races).

"You make a mistake in Singapore and you may not be able to catch up after that. So, it's very exciting for Singapore."

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