Will Singapore follow Malaysia in axing its Formula One grand prix – and why would it want to?

The globetrotting sport of Formula One could find itself void of a Southeast Asian race for the first time in two decades as Singapore – one of two regional hosts – considers pulling out as it weighs up the fleeting international limelight that comes with hosting the event with the exorbitant cost of doing so.

Neighbouring Malaysia, an F1 host since 1998, on Monday left the sport’s future in the region on tenterhooks after a government minister confirmed it would stop hosting a grand prix after 2018, citing declining economic returns.

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