Singapore fans want F1 race to continue: Survey

Despite the negotiations between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the organisers being stalled, Formula One fans in Singapore are keen for the race to remain in the country.

As per a survey conducted by British research firm YouGov, out of 1,002 Singaporean respondents, 57 percent are keen for Formula One to continue beyond this year. About 70 per cent also felt the race had been a net positive for the country.

57 percent fans are keen for Formula One to continue beyond this year. Photo courtesy: Formula 1

The contract for the Singapore race expires this year. Ecclestone and the organisers are still in negotiations about extending the contract beyond 2017.

The Singapore race costs some S$150 million to put on every year, 60 percent of which is funded by the government. It was first staged in 2008 and the city-state renewed its contract for another five years in 2012.

YouGov conducted the survey of 9,332 people within eight countries in the Asia-Pacific area because the future of the sport within the wider region is clouded.