Singapore:Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber will trial Singapore's proposed street circuit, within speed limits, this weekend, a news report said Tuesday.
Red Bull driver Webber will take a Porsche 911 GT3 car around the 5-kilometer (3-mile) layout to get "an early start" if Singapore receives the go-ahead to host a Formula One leg, The Straits Times quoted Singapore's Red Bull brand manager Jyn Wee as saying.
Webber's jaunt through Singapore's streets will be within speed limits, Wee added.
"We didn't have enough time to get clearance for a high-speed run," Wee said. The car is capable of reaching 300 kph (186 mph).Singapore is attempting to secure a slot on the F1 calendar.
The Straits Times said the city-state, which is attempting to shed its dull, stuffy image, could receive the go-ahead from motor sports governing body FIA to host a race as early as next year.
Messages left for Wee were not immediately returned. Lee Kuan Yew, a senior Cabinet minister and the founder of modern Singapore, two years ago said he regretted making the "stupid decision" not to allow F1 racing in the city-state, as it would have benefited the economy.
Officials have since said the Singapore government would back a race bid.The next leg of the 2007 F1 season is April 8 in Sepang, Malaysia.