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GP Week : Issue 100
GPWEEK OPINION >> title will be wrapped before Abu Dhabi. Mind you, with F1 Rocks booking Eminem to perform it's bloody tempting. I'm a big supporter of getting A-list acts to play for F1 fans, and rumours have been doing the rounds all year that U2 are in line to play Abu Dhabi. Sao Paulo has plenty going for it, but the car-jackings and the woeful circuit facilities are enough to put me off the trip this time. Singapore, on the other hand, is one I'd pay to go to as a civilian without question. As an event, it's got the lot. Of all the 'new' races, it's the most popular with the paddock, and that's because we can act like students. By being encouraged to stay on European time, getting up at lunchtime and going clubbing till the wee small hours makes it all feel like a holiday. With Singapore, Japan and Korea each spaced a fortnight apart, one is potentially away for over five weeks -- if you want to play Russian roulette with your marriage. I'm not in that camp, but even I'm starting to think I haven't seen enough of home this year. In fact, combined with my Formula 3 commitments and other business travel, in the last year -- 365 days -- I have spent 125 of them at home. That's 240 days in a single year spent dialing nine for an outside line and racking up minibar bills. Oh, add that to the £2k above. Being a bit of a pub quiz addict, I miss my local on a Sunday night when I'm stuck nine time zones away filing copy for this and other publications. But as luck would have it, in Singapore we'll be combining my twin passions of pub quiz and F1. Rob Sinfield of grandprixdiary.com has got the three new teams to enter an F1 knowledge quiz, each fielding drivers and personnel to see who really is the top rookie team. Given Lotus, Virgin and Hispania are all sat on zero in the world championship, we need to set them apart. I will be the quizmaster, while Rob tweets the questions (some of which have been devised by retired F1 drivers) to the outside world to test you all.With over 41,000 Twitter followers between the three competing teams, Rob and I, this could be the biggest F1 pub quiz ever! Kick off is scheduled for Friday night at 2am Singapore time (19:00 GMT ). Follow us on twitter.com/GrandPrixDiary / twitter.com/AdamHayNicholls South America would appear to be a lost cause: Sao Paolo has been used and then rejected on safety grounds; Rio's Jacarepagua track is now a housing estate; the lovely Goiania circuit was already scrubby and down at heel when it was last used in the 1980s. And Argentina has just always been a whole parcel of problems. The awe-inspiring Spa Francorchamps likewise fails on safety. Sadly. "I'd love to race there," said Stoner. And South Africa's Kyalami has run out of local support, running its last Superbike race this year. Given the quality of the Spanish tracks, Dorna doesn't really have that much choice, and next year's calendar will be as this year's. But all of MotoGP racing is hoping for some variety in 2013, with India a serious candidate, and Abu Dhabi likewise. It is, after all, called a World Championship. And though the parochial old USA might be comfortable with calling their national baseball championship the World Series, motor racing should have a little more dignity than that. ngapore a home-from-home! 27