Singapore GP organisers remove 'Singapore Sling' chicane for 2013 event
Drivers to now face a flowing left-handed corner
Last Updated: September 17, 2013 1:42pm
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Singapore's infamous Turn Ten chicane - more commonly known as the 'Singapore Sling' - has been removed for this year's grand prix.
The chicane, and particularly the vicious nature of its kerbing, gained notoriety soon after the Marina Bay circuit joined the calendar five years ago, with Lewis Hamilton in 2010 describing it as the "worst corner I've ever driven in Formula 1".
Despite changes to the kerbing since the race's debut, organisers have now decided to remove the chicane altogether for this year's race and replace it with a flowing single-apex left-hand bend.
Simulations suggest cars will now approach the corner around 40kph faster, with a marginally quicker lap time as a result around the 5km lap.
After trying the realigned turn ten corner in Ferrari's simulator, Fernando Alonso tweeted:
These days working in the simulator. New turn 10 in Singapore this year, without the chicane of before.The lap is around 1sec faster..- Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) September 12, 2013