F1 Singapore Grand Prix extended for another four years to 2021

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen

The new deal was announced by F1 just before first practice at the Marina Bay circuit on Friday.

The rain has now stopped ahead of the driver parade, but the possibility of showers remain up to and during the race, and with no previous running under floodlights before in Singapore - this is the tenth Grand Prix in the country and all of the previous nine have been dry - Grosjean is anxious that the spray from the cars might make driving conditions near-on impossible.

The race didn't see the light of the day after 2013, following tax dispute between the FIA and the Uttar Pradesh government, apart from bureaucratic hurdles.

Asia will only host five out of the 21 races in 2018 as Malaysia goes off the calendar post this season.

Carey has big plans to expand F1's reach, both in terms of adding more races and increasing its digital appeal, an area largely neglected by Ecclestone.

"We have interest from many countries around the world for races in the future. We have so far not got a chance to engage in depth yet, it has only been a little over half a year since the complete change in ownership", said Carey in response to a PTI query. We are pretty full schedule right now.

There is a massive chunk of Formula 1 fans in India who still hope to see a rerun of the races at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, Delhi.

Aside from the data experiment, which is aimed at enhancing the human ability to make better decisions, aerodynamic designs and the relationship between software efficiency and a car's cooling systems are some of F1's other technological advancements, Rhodes said.

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