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F1 driver's have concluded they are happy with the new layout at the 'Singapore sling' after the old chicane was replaced by a faster left hander.

The previous layout saw a triple-apex chicane with high kerbs and was hated by most of the drivers as it disrupted the flow of the circuit.

Now in a bid to quicken up the circuit, the chicane has gone. The new left hander is set to drop lap times by a second around the Marina Bay circuit.

"I think it will be good," Mercedes' Nico Rosberg told Brazil's Totalrace, after seeing the new solution during his track walk on Thursday.

"I can't say if it is safer or not, because the speed has been increased, but I think they've done a great job," he added.

One man who claims he will miss the old chicane is Adrian Sutil.

"I usually like a lot of fast corners, but I liked the chicane. It's now a fast corner which should be in third gear," said the German.

"I think it's a very fluid circuit now, for a street circuit."

Fernando Alonso said he was pleased with the reconfigured layout at turn 10.

"I think it's better now. The chicane was a bit dangerous.

"If everything went smoothly there, no problems, but if you had problems you could take off on the kerbs. I think we have improved the safety a little bit.

"The lap will be a second faster, but it will be as fun and challenging as it was before," he added.

The old chicane in it's five years of existence had gained quite the reputation for flying cars and even caused Kimi Raikkonen to crash out of the inaugural race back in 2008.

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