F1: S'pore race set to get more exciting

F1: S'pore race set to get more exciting
Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari drives during Practice 2 of the Singapore GP 2013.

SINGAPORE - Sebastian Vettel's dominant performance on Sunday may have done little to help the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix shed its tag of being a "procession race".

But future editions could see more on-track excitement, according to former Formula One commentator Steve Slater.

This will happen once the teams grasp the full impact of this year's major change to the circuit, one that took the kick out of the Singapore Sling, as the infamous Turn 10 is better known.

As expected, the move from a triple-apex corner - once dubbed "the worst in F1" - to a sweeping left-hander was a welcomed one.

"It feels right," noted Singapore's Ringo Chong, who competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup support races at the Marina Bay Street Circuit over the weekend.

"Before, it was tight; we had to try to avoid the kerbs. Now, it's a nicer drive, a true corner." And, as Slater pointed out, it could become a spot which could make for some drama in subsequent races.

With Turns 10, 11 and 12 now flowing corners, cars will be going faster and, hence, have to brake harder to negotiate the tight left-hander on Turn 13.

"That will make it a better overtaking opportunity," he said.

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