Webber was enthused about a night
several month ago, and now
it's all been confirmed is he still keen?
one of the more exciting seasons we've seen
in F1 racing for
quite some time, there's more good news for F1 fans. The Singaporean
night race has been given the nod by the FIA.
The first ever
Formula One race to be held at night is expected to cause a huge
commotion on the 28th of September, 2008, in downtown Singapore as F1
cars tear through the city at night, across bridges and through
In 2007 the Formula One season was one of the most
captivating we've seen in years, with the F1 Driver's champion,
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, decided at
the last race of the F1 season in Brazil. It capped off a fantastic
that saw debutant McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton almost claim the title
We ran a story on the possibility of a Singaporean
night race in August 2007, where Australian driver Mark Webber talked
about how much he liked the track in a video (click here). He also warned that
if it rains it could pose a number of problems with water spray and
Overall he called the concept 'absolutely spectacular'.
year the world will be watching what could be one of the most
spectacular races of the season, and work is already well underway and
transforming the heart of Singapore into an F1 track.
suggest the Singapore F1 race has a 5 year contract with the FIA, so
would be run until 2012.
of the reasons why night time F1 races are attracting attention (even
the Melbourne F1 organisers are even looking at the logistics
in a possible Australian night Grand Prix) is that in some
the TV audience ratings are very low because because of time
differences. But night races in the Asia-Pacific region would garner a
much higher European audience and hence be more lucrative as the TV
rights would be worth significantly more to advertisers.
the race will be at night, the F1 cars are not expected to be fitted
with headlights as it would upset the careful aerodynamics the teams
spend tens of millions of dollars annually perfecting.
the track is expected to be flood lit with some of the world's most
powerful lights. There are rumours that an Italian company has been
contracted to develop and build a large number of super powerful flood
lights especially for the event, which could be visible from outer
The Proposed 2008 Formula One
calendar is as follows:
Australia - March 16 Malaysia
- March 23 Bahrain
- April 6 Barcelona - April 27 Turkey - May 11 Monaco - May 25 Canada - June 8 France - June 22 Britain - July 6 Germany - July 20 Hungary - August 3 Valencia - August 24 Italy - September 7 Belgium - September
14 Singapore -
September 28 China - October 12 Japan - October 19 Brazil - November 2