S'pore GP: Raising the bar every year

S'pore GP: Raising the bar every year
Singapore GP's executive director Michael Roche believes F1's night race has carved out its own identity.

SINGAPORE - Therewere no whoops of joy and back-slapping when news filtered through that possible Formula 1 races in New Jersey - fronted by the spectacular skyline of New York - and Bangkok had been scrapped.

On the contrary, Singapore GP executive director, Michael Roche was disappointed over the news, even though some felt races in the two cites would steal some of the thunder away from Singapore's glamorous Grand Prix.

Speaking to The New Paper on Wednesday, Roche insisted competition was always a boost.

"In any business you do, competition is good. It's great to have really good races, that builds the fan base," he said.

"What isn't good is if some cities take it on and don't do a good job. That damages us.

"When this event goes to great cities like New Jersey or Bangkok, it can only be good for the event. It makes it truly global.

"People ask if I'm worried about Abu Dhabi's Grand Prix, but I don't panic or worry. We're not trying to emulate anyone else."

The sixth edition of the F1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix roars to life from Sept 20 to 22 along Marina Bay.

The night race along the streets of downtown Singapore has become one of the marquee Grands Prix on the annual F1 calendar.

It draws a global television audience of around 360 million every year.

Each time, about 40,000 international visitors descend on the Lion City.

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