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GP Week : Issue 29
> F1NEWS> If you have suitably high speed broadband CLICK HERE to view the above in high resolution. Video courtesy of Red Bull Racing. CLICK HERE for more on Red Bull Racing. Webber excited by Singapore Aussie ace likes what he sees of F1’s latest new circuit AS Formula 1 prepares for its second new race of the season, Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber has spoken of his excitement over this weekend’s inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, which will be the sport’s first ever night race. The Singapore Grand Prix will be run on the streets of the city, and as such there has been no chance for any of the teams to test or gain any pre- race experience of the circuit. “Well, there is some simulation we can do in terms of driving a simulator with a pretty decent screen,” Webber told GPWeek. “We have contacts to basically go and do that, so we can go and drive a good computer game, which is not a Playstation, but a very good simulator, probably one of the best you can get. Obviously some teams have better ones, but at the moment we’re still working on the simulations to get them better.” With the track layout set to run through 5km of Sinagapore’s streets , Webber confirmed to GPWeek that despite its slower speed than the calendar’s other new race in Valencia, it should provide a more exciting race than the disappointing Spanish procession. “It looks very slow and twisty,” he said. “There’s a lot of first and second gear stuff. I spoke to Jenson [Button] and he’s driven it on the simulator already and he’s said the track looks very slow. It’ll be dissimilar to Valencia. In Valencia we had a lot of quicker stuff, and although the top speed in Singapore looks reasonable, when you’re going over the bridge and in other places it’s quite narrow. I think it’ll have more mystique about it than Valencia. It looks a bit more interesting.” High on everyone’s list of worries, however, is the high prospect of rain. With the circuit being illuminated by stadium style floodlighting, many drivers have expressed concerns over glare. Webber however believes there should be no such problems, given his prior experience of night racing in Sportscars. “It’s totally unchartered waters for everyone,”he confirmed. “There have been night races in other categories around the world, but obviously in NASCAR they don’t run in the wet. Sportscar races which have had artificial lighting in some sections of the track are sometimes wet. For example, when I did Le Mans the start-finish straight and other places were wet. It didn’t work too bad to be honest but we need to see how it works in Formula cars. I think the way they’ve done the lighting, it should be sympathetic to spray if we do have some. It’ll probably be a bit of a miracle if we don’t do any wet running in Singapore.”