Organisers for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix say there are no plans to amend the racing programme over ongoing concerns with air quality and circuit safety, though it insists it is monitoring the evolving situation.
A thick smog has shrouded the city-state ahead of Singapore's hosting of its annual night race, prompting a number of sporting events to be cancelled last weekend.
The haze stems from farmers in neighbouring Indonesia burning crops to clear land for agriculture and while it isn't an unusual event, this year has seen the smog rated by experts as 'unhealthy'.
With earlier rains allowing some of the haze to lift, Singapore Grand Prix organisers are certain the weekend will go ahead without any amendments. However, though it insists it is employing all possible options to ensure it is prepared, it says the situation is changeable 'from hour to hour'.
“The haze situation is high changeable, not only from day-to-day, but hour to hour. Therefore, it is currently not possible to reliably predict what the PSI level might be over the race weekend. we will continu to work closely with all relevant government authorities to receive the best possible forecasts when they are available.
“Based on the current PSI levels, there are no plans to amend the published racing and entertainment programme.”
In preparation, organisers say it will make a live PSI reading available on its website and on giant screens at the circuit to allow patrons to make 'informed decisions', while the government health advisory will be in attendance. In addition, N95 masks will be made available and all medical posts are on standby to attend any haze-related conditions.
Though the health of visitors to the Marina Bay event remains priority, the smog has the potential to cause operational issues during the race weekend. Regulations state a session cannot take place unless the medical helicopter can take off.