After several years of criticism from drivers and teams, the much-maligned chicane at Turn 10, nicknamed the ‘Singapore Sling’, will be removed and replaced with a single left hand bend.
The change will likely be a welcomed one, as the tight chicane had become notorious for catching out drivers, leading reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel to describe it as "one of the worst corners we have in the calendar" during the 2012 running of the event.
The new configuration should allow drivers to increase their speed through the complex by around 40 km/h, and additional barriers have been added to the exit of Turn 10 to account for this increase in speed.
Removing the chicane should also contribute to faster overall lap times compared to the 2012 event, with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso tweeting “Working in the simulator. New Turn 10 in Singapore this year, without the chicane of before. The lap is around one second faster.”
Other minor changes include the resurfacing of sections of Turns 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and 14, as well as portions of the pit lane in an effort to create a smoother surface for the drivers.