Formula 1 drivers have given their thumbs up to high-profile plans to introduce night races to the calendar, although they stress that the prospect of such a race is far from being finalised yet.

Night racing has been a popular buzzword in the realms of Formula 1 in recent months, with the newly added Singapore Grand Prix thought to be favourite to offer racing under lights in the near future, while Bernie Ecclestone is also keen for a similar tactic to be employed in Malaysia and Australia.

It is a plan that has divided opinion down the Formula 1 paddock, particularly with concerns over safety, although Thursday's press conference participants, Ralf Schumacher, Jenson Button, Alex Wurz and Giancarlo Fisichella, all expressed their interest in the concept.

"I haven't really thought about the idea," Button said. There has been too much going on to be thinking about that. There is always the possibility in the future and I'm sure the safety standards will be as they are at every other Grand Prix in the day time, which is obviously all we ask for."

At the same time though Schumacher, the director of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, stressed that a definite decision on night race is still some way off.

"I think there have been some ideas in the press and some examples in America. Nothing has been forwarded officially to the FIA. I personally, and as well as the GPDA, we trust fully that the FIA will come up with the standards that if we race it will be safe.

"If that's the case I personally will be happy to race, I don't know about the other drivers. It is early days so there is no real need to talk about it yet."

 

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