Former Formula 1 team owner Peter Sauber has suggested it may not be a wise idea to make too many grands prix night-time races - a desire expressed by the sport's commercial rights-holding supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix just over a week ago was adjudged to have been such a success that Ecclestone hinted at more outings under floodlights in years to come, possibly beginning with Japan [see separate story - click here].

Whilst agreeing that the race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit - and against the dramatic backdrop of the Far Eastern city-state's downtown skyline - had provided an impressive spectacle and likely generated higher European television viewing audiences due to its more attractive time slot, 64-year-old Sauber retained his reservations, not least should the dreaded spectre of heavy rain that threatened to pour down over Singapore materialise in future night-time grands prix.

"I would urge caution on this," Sauber - now a small shareholder and consultant for BMW-Sauber - wrote in his regular column for Swiss newspaper Blick, states F1SA.

"There are also tracks that would [at night] seem like no-man's land and look like a computer game. That was the impression I got from the pictures I saw of the MotoGP in Qatar.

"An important question remains even after Singapore - what effect will the artificial light have when it rains? Change in F1 is definitely good, but we should not get carried away.

"In my opinion, a maximum of two night races per season would be enough."


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