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F1 Singapore: How does smog affect fans and racers?


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F1 Singapore racing scheduled to be held again on the streets of the country this weekend,  just as air quality in the city has reached its worst level in three years.

The haze that hit Singapore is caused by forest and land fires in Indonesia and Malaysia, which have become an annual agenda in the region.

So as Singapore gets ready for F1 luxury, the usually bright blue sky has turned foggy and pale gray.

The city skyline is shrouded in fog and air, which is officially classified as unhealthy, brings with it the smell of burning.

Singapore’s authorities and F1 officials did their best to convince fans that it was safe to come in these conditions – and the race continued.

The impact of the smog on F1 race

Night racing in Singapore is considered the most troublesome event this season. If the fog persists, and visibility is low, things will become more difficult.

“This is not just safety considerations for drivers”, meteorologist Professor Koh Tieh Yong from Singapore University of Social Sciences told the BBC.

“It’s also about whether they can do their best. Because the vehicle is going so fast, the racers have to look far ahead. So for the racers, visibility will be a greater factor than for the spectators.

“That will affect their performance even before it affects their safety”. Even without the fog, the Singapore night race is a difficult for the racers.

Read also: Singapore uncovers ‘Underground city’, master plan 2019

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