Haze cloud could threaten Singapore GP weekend

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With haze currently hanging over Singapore at the moment, it has been announced this morning that the situation will be monitored ahead of this weekend’s grand prix at the Marina Bay street circuit.

For the past week the smog, which is caused by farmers in neighbouring Indonesia burning forests to clear land for agriculture has hung over the city-state and is currently rated in the mid to low range of unhealthy air quality.

The smog resulted in a number of local sports events in Singapore being cancelled over the weekend due to health concerns.

In a statement to the media this morning, a race spokesperson stated the following regarding the current weather situation ahead of the Singapore GP as follows:-

‘The possibility of haze is just one of the many potential issues that are covered in the overall 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Contingency Plan. The plan was formulated and refined with stake holders, government bodies and the Formula One community.

‘In the event that the haze caused visibility, public health or operational issues Singapore GP would work closely with the relevant agencies before making any collective decisions regarding the event.’

The Singapore National Environment Agency has also said that the Pollutant Standards Index levels are likely to remain in the “unhealthy” range for the coming week.

Heading into the Singapore GP weekend (which is the only race on the calendar to be held completely under floodlights) is the 13th race of the season and Lewis Hamilton heads into the race with a 53-point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg in the World Championship standings; with the pressure firmly on Rosberg to try and beat his team mate to prove that he cannot be out of contention for this year’s Drivers Championship.

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