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Sauber advises `caution` over F1 night races.

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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Roy Jury

October 07, 2008 3:32 PM

Formula 1 has had its night race and it was unusual but for heavens sake put the cars on tracks where there is at least some competition between the drivers, they should be looking for decent tracks, not novelty tracks.... I am losing interest in the follow the leader type racing, with the exception of pit stops and Red mistakes, oops the hose is still conected..... For the sport look for better race tracks........... Roy

rich ard

October 07, 2008 2:05 PM

peter, "a maximum of two night races a season--" that would be two too many. racing around a scalextrix track with no visible landscape, was totally pointless (bernies pockets aside). lets have proper races on proper tracks and leave the night racing to the endurance racers



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