Next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix is under threat due to smog cloud; the race organisers are worried about atmosphere quality in the region, which could affect the drivers’ visibility under the floodlights.
The smog cloud usually take place every year, this season, the substance has been caused due to farmers in the neighboring region of Sumatra burning forests to clear their land for agriculture.
“The possibility of haze is just one of the many potential issues that are covered in the overall 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Contingency Plan,” a Singapore GP spokesperson said in a statement to Reuters.
“The plan was formulated and refined with stake holders, government bodies and the Formula One community.
“In the event that the haze caused visibility, public health or operational issues Singapore GP would work closely with the relevant agencies before making any collective decisions regarding the event.”
“There has been a deterioration in the haze conditions in Singapore since early this morning, as the prevailing winds continued to blow in the haze from Sumatra,” the NEA said.
“As at 11 a.m. today, the 24-hr PSI was… in the low to mid sections of the unhealthy range.”
Neither the National Environment Agency or the race organizers speculated if the race could be affected or cancelled if the smog worsened.