Words has been circling around for months stating that the annual Singapore Grand Prix may not be held after 2017. Rumours have it that the Republic wasn’t looking forward to renew its existing five-year contract, which expires after next year’s event.
And now, the boss of Formula One has hinted that this is very likely to be the case. He said in an interview on German publication Auto Motor und Sport, Ecclestone claimed that Singapore was not going to proceed with the race after 2017.
“Look at what we have done for Singapore. Yes, the Grand Prix has cost Singapore a lot of money, but we’ve also given them a lot of money. Singapore was suddenly more than just an airport to fly to or from somewhere. Now they believe they have reached their goal and they do not want a Grand Prix anymore,” he stated.
Singapore GP, the race organiser refused to provide any feedback regarding that matter. Report stated that this year’s iteration of the race witnessed a significantly reduced numbers of attendance in conjunction with the overall ticket sales being 15% lower than the average attendance since the race first started in 2008.
In the interview, Ecclestone also said that the image of F1 might be changed as well, with current manufacturers – including current champions Mercedes AMG Petronas – putting an end on the series in the next few years. “It could happen to us that Mercedes and Ferrari run away. But honestly, if the races get better, this may not be such a terrible vision.”
Ecclestone clearly didn’t restrained his words regarding that matter. “Mercedes will retire on the day when it suits them, and it’s something we had before. Look at Honda, BMW and Toyota. They go when Formula One has done the job for them. There is no gratitude,” he stated.