Singapore Grand Prix: Circuit to host race until at least 2021

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THE Singapore Grand Prix is now a regular fixture on the Formula One calendar.

"We are incredibly happy to announce this extension and very proud of our partnership", F1 chief executive Chase Carey said at a news conference at the racetrack.

Liberty Media had taken complete control of F1 in January, ending Bernie Ecclestone's 40-year reign at the helm of affairs. The Formula One Group have agreed a deal with French television channel TF1 to show four full races exclusively free-to-air, with the rest of the 2018 season continuing as highlights.

The drivers head into the weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the championship for the first time this year, although he is only three points ahead of nearest rival Sebastian Vettel, with the German having won four of the nine races in Singapore.

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Mourinho added on MUTV: " That is an opportunity for others and the others are ready to get that opportunity, and to perform ". United are unbeaten through four matches and have the best goal differential going into the weekend's slate of fixtures.

Carey has big plans to expand F1's reach, both in terms of adding more races and increasing its digital appeal, an area largely neglected by Ecclestone. We have talked about the opportunity to grow the sport in Asia as well as the Americas.

The cost of hosting the race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit was estimated to cost around $150 million each year, although Mr Iswaran said costs had come down by about $15 million a year.

"The Singapore Grand Prix, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Government have all done an excellent job of making this an event that involves the whole city".

Because it is a street circuit, like the iconic Monaco GP, the planning implications could be troublesome if any changes were made.