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Formula One: Singapore extends contract to host night race until 2021

Formula One: Singapore extends contract to host night race until 2021

Practice for the 10th staging of the grand prix begins on Friday.

At the on going Singapore Grand Prix, Liberty Media boss, Chase Carey said, "India is a country that certainly has great potential and as we go forward, we will continue to study".

"We're proud of the race, we have a good relationship and our goal is to get to a place where we build on that partnership long-term".

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

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In a statement, Formula One said: "Since its debut in 2008, the first ever night Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the F1 calendar and one of the most attractive and spectacular races".

"Difficult" and "challenging" are two of the most common words used by the drivers to describe the night race. That said, considering the financial problems faced in the past with the Jaypee Group that owns the Buddh International Circuit and the red tape that surrounded the event with regards to high taxation, it will be an uphill battle for the Grand Prix to make a successful return. With more than 90% of the race organisation sub-contracted annually to Singapore-based companies, the race also contributes to the local economy, over and above the tourism outcomes.

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.

With this year's race taking place on Sunday, the event could have received no better boost than confirmation it will continue until at least 2021.