An atmospheric night time POTW ahead of this weekend's F1
Aside from the 24-hour enduros, twilight motorsport is actually quite rare. Given the issues with timing and lights, that's not hugely surprising. But when they do happen, the races are often pretty special.
The Singapore Grand Prix is certainly one of those. Work on preparing the Marina Bay street circuit will have begun in May, with 25,000 workers assembling the necessary F1 infrastructure and preparing the streets for a battle into the night. There's also the rather convenient commercial benefit of the time difference to Singapore. Over there, 8pm in the evening is 1pm in the afternoon here. So it just makes sense, sort of. Keep an eye out for the debut of the Caterham AeroSeven Concept too, boss Tony Fernandes clearly keen to make some additional noise this weekend.
All that work building the track certainly does seem worth it when the circuit looks like this too. Yes, only Monaco has a slower average speed and overtaking at Marina Bay is just as hard as on the Monegasque streets, but it remains a breathtaking spectacle. Take a look at Pastor Maldonado at last year's GP if you need further proof...
It's certainly appropriate that the banks in the background take up 90% of the shot, and the car + driver is only a small part of it...
Edit: Didn't realise this would be the first post. Not intended to be that negative!
I WISH21 Sep 2013
I couldn't disagree more. Singapore is by a long way the least exciting most boring fixture of the season IMHO. The lighting makes everything look monochromatic and every combination of straight and corner looks exactly the same on TV. The chicane and the underpass are the only parts of the circuit that you can tell where the cars are. To actually be there at the event must be great ..... and Coulthard, Jordan and co always make a point of saying what a fabulous time they are having. But I think that's more about the city and the atmosphere rather than the circuit itself. On TV it's one big yawn. It would be the first one I would lose if push came to shove. Bernie please take note!