Lights off. Cameras. Go, go, go! Sounds like a Murray Walker comment but on September 26 it will be a reality in Singapore when the first ever Formula One night race weekend takes place there.
The FIA has finalized the times for all sessions. Friday practice has been slotted for between 16:00 to 17:30 local time, while the second session will run from 20:00 to 21:30. Saturday final practice will be between 17:00 to 18:00 and qualifying will happen at 20:00. On race day, Sunday 28, the race will blast off at 20:00 to a trail of floodlights and possibly flashlights. You can work out exactly what time it will be in your area.
Check out these artists’ impressions of how it might look. Don’t be puzzled though, the cars themselves will not be fitted with headlights, and drivers will rely solely on lighting provided by the venue. Some of the drivers have already indicated that they have no problem racing at night, as long as lighting is adequate.
It will also be a good run for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Formula BMW Pacific and other events. For those of you who are well-heeled, 30 percent of corporate suites are still available, while three-day and single-day passes will start selling from mid-February. This could be the same day as Valentine’s Day, so concerns like personal-safety, avoiding the couch for a week and a week’s silent treatment will come into play here.