Even after Singapore was in 2008 the scene of confirmed race-fixing and formula one's worst example of cheating, the punters have not been deterred from predicting the winner one year later.

"We have not seen any unusual trends for F1 motor racing betting activity. Sales have been within expectations," a spokeswoman for betting operator Singapore Pools told the Reuters news agency.

Williams' Nico Rosberg finished second on the Asian city-state's floodlit streets last September, behind the winner Fernando Alonso, whose teammate Nelson Piquet had crashed deliberately in order to activate the unusual race strategy of the sister Renault.

But because all the results of the 2008 world championship were set in stone last November, German Rosberg cannot retrospectively be now declared the winner of the race.

But he told the Singapore newspaper Today this week: "Actually, I won the race because the one who finished first cheated. If we'd protested, I could have won the race last year, but that's too late now."