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Singapore `effort` praised.


While the majority of the drivers admitted that they had found the streets of Singapore's Marina Bay district to be bumpier than expected, almost all involved with Formula One's inaugural night race insisted that they were blown away with the transformation they had found since initial visits a year or so ago.

While the idea of racing after dark and under banks of floodlights caught the imagination of the media, both within and outside the sport, those intimately involved also marvelled at the infrastructure and facilities that had been provided.

"The guys here have done an absolutely unbelievable job," Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner admitted, "The effort that has gone into this circuit in the last twelve months is nothing short of phenomenal.

"Not only have we got a the spectacle of a night race, we have also got a great circuit, a really challenging circuit. We have already test driven the barriers today [with Mark Webber] and we can see that it is pretty unforgiving out there. I think it is going to be a real challenge of a race and I think it is going to be a fantastic weekend. Hats off to everybody involved. I think they have just raised the bar considerably for a new circuit - and the spectacle of racing at night in a big city such as Singapore is really exciting."

Singapore's famous skyline blend of ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic buildings were illuminated by the reflection of 1600 projectors brought in to flood the 5.067km track with enough light to make racing at anything up to 300km/h possible for the world's best drivers, as Formula One took on an unfamiliar appearance.

"I think it is a big, big step forward for Formula One," Mercedes' Norbert Haug commented, "The pictures, the atmosphere, is really one of a kind and this gives a completely new experience to all the viewers worldwide, but also to the spectators here.

"The whole scenery I think is unreal - it is like in a movie and I think it is a big, big step. I think Bernie [Ecclestone] pushed very hard, so thanks to him and FOM. It is really a good step forward and I am sure that Singapore will be watched throughout the world over the weekend. The track is very challenging in addition, so it is not going to be an easy one but so far I think we have really gathered the best impressions so far."

Tens of thousands of fans packed the grandstands to watch Friday's opening practice sessions, which took place at 1900hrs and 2130hrs respectively, as F1 made an immediate impact on the city state.

"The positive thing is that we have seen a lot of people today at the circuit," Toro Rosso team boss Gerhard Berger observed, "The grandstands were already quite full and it seems that Formula One can become very popular here."



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belly - Unregistered

September 27, 2008 1:09 PM

The MotoGP boys are really leading the field here. The first night race at Losial Raceway in Qatar early 2008 gave Singapore many of the parameters to use in the lighting spread. Yes, it''s a great feat, but it is neither unique not revolutionary.

Dera - Unregistered

September 27, 2008 2:04 PM

Because it's F1 it is "revolutionary" :P Who cares about MotoGP. So what if it's an F1 night race, we won't be having any overtaking, as usual. But they haven't got it right yet.. Read Jarno Trulli's comments regarding the dark spots. Losail had no such complaints, I believe. Anyway it's a good event to provide us some "action" and "entertainment" in the form of excursions.



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