Singapore GP circuit undergoes minor layout change

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The circuit for the Singapore Grand Prix has been changed slightly for this year’s race following criticism of one particular corner during the five races held there since 2008.

The race is the only event on the calendar that is a night race, usually beginning at 10pm local time and being an incredible spectacle under the lights of Singapore. The circuit itself, much like Monaco, does not allow for a great deal of overtaking, with the location and atmosphere instead being the main draw of the race. That said, there have been some notable events in Singapore during its first five races, with the race-fixing scandal at the inaugural event being the most notorious.

In an attempt to improve the circuit though, a change has been made to the layout. The ‘Singapore Sling’ three-turn-chicane has been changed this year following widespread criticism of the corner for being unnecessary.

“The Singapore Sling corner (turn 10) has been reconfigured this year so the cars will now negotiate a flowing left-hander before accelerating towards the Anderson Bridge,” reports F1 Racing magazine.

The corner, named after the famous cocktail, failed to allow any overtaking and was dubbed “the worst corner in Formula One” by Lewis Hamilton.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.