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GP Week : Issue 30
Formula 1 praises Singapore The Formula 1 world has praised the work done by the organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix in putting on the world’s first ever night-time Formula 1 Race. A “spectacular chapter added to the Formula 1 history book,”was how BMW’s Mario Thiessen described the event, while McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis hailed the event as “challenging Monaco for being the jewel in the crown of Formula 1.” A total of almost seven hours of running was made under the more than 1500 floodlights around the track, which never faltered in providing the Formula 1 drivers with enough light to drive. The track layout was challenging and unforgiving, and despite the drivers highlighting some concerns after the first day of running, the organisers were quick to make changes to both the high ‘tic-tac curves’at Turn 10, and the pit entry. “The most impressive thing for me is what an amazing job they done have done here in Singapore to prepare the circuit,” said World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton. “I cannot particularly fault it.” “What has been done in six months is incredible,” said Williams CEO Adam Parr. “From a commercial perspective and from a sporting perspective I think it is just an extraordinary experience and spectacle and that is fantastic for Formula One, so it is very exciting.” The track also drew praise from the media and many workers who travel around the world with Formula 1, due to its clinical organisation, friendly staff, and fantastic facilities. Bernie Ecclestone, a busy man over the grand prix weekend and rarely one to over elaborate simply described the event to GPWeek as, “Super. Everything is super.”High praise. Notable presence was maintained in the Singapore paddock over the weekend by the organisers of both the Malaysian and Australian Grands Prix, which, along with Japan, are believed by many to be the next tracks on Ecclestone’s radar for a night race.