Drivers head for the start line at the Singapore Grand Prix
One of the top Grands Prix on the annual Formula 1 racing calendar will take place in Singapore this weekend. Practice and qualifying sessions begin this afternoon and continue tomorrow before the race proper starts on Sunday.
The Singapore Grand Prix differs from most other Grands Prix as it takes places on a street circuit and after dark has fallen. Defending Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg will be joined by teammate Lewis Hamilton and the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas on the starting line.
Lewis Hamilton says the Singapore street circuit provides decent challenges and comes with the added beauty of twinkling lights at every bend. The Singapore Grand Prix will start at 20:00 on Sunday. Drivers will negotiate 61 laps of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
The main race on Sunday will be preceded by the finals of the Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. Drivers will take off on a lap parade at 18:30 as a warm up for the main Grand Prix event.
12GO ASIA notes that seats on flights to Singapore over the weekend are in short supply. Sultan Ismail Airport in Johor Bahru is an alternative gateway and just across the Singapore Strait from the city state.
A director with the Cambodian Interior Ministry has confirmed new rules apply to foreigners applying for long-stay visas. Sok Veasna told the Phnom Penh Post earlier this month that people who apply for long-term business visas would now have to show work permits.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department has issued a bulletin stating that the current heavy rainfall is expected to last until the weekend. The department’s seven-day forecast issued late Monday stated that scattered but heavy rainstorms are expected to lash all regions of the country until Friday.
People living along the upper regions of Vietnam’s long eastern seaboard were bracing themselves for the arrival of Typhoon Khanun yesterday. Meteorologists said the Category 1 typhoon would likely make landfall in North Vietnam late yesterday or today.