70% of Singaporeans believe that their nation’s Formula 1 race has been a positive force for the country, according to a new survey.
The future of the Singapore Grand Prix is thought to be in doubt, with its existing contract set to expire after the 2017 race at Marina Bay.
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The night-time event has been a firm favorite in F1 since it joined the calendar back in 2008, with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone telling The Straits Times back in November: “We want to extend long-term”.
With neighboring Malaysia set to drop its grand prix after 2018 due to a supposed drop in interest, support for the race in Singapore has now become clear after a poll from British company YouGov.
The survey polled over 9,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region, including 1,002 Singaporeans, with a majority believing that the race had been a positive for the country.
When asked “has the Singapore Grand Prix been a net positive or net negative for the country?”, 18% responded “very positive”, with a further 52% saying it was “somewhat positive”.
24% said the race was “neither positive nor negative”, with just 7% giving either “somewhat negative” or “very negative” as an answer.
However, when asked if they would like to see the race return beyond 2017, affirmative support fell to 57%. 19% said they did not want to see it return, while 25% were undecided.
The YouGov report also showed that 46% of Malaysians polled disagree with the decision to stop hosting F1 after 2018, while Ferrari was the brand most strongly associated with the sport, as per 56% of respondents.