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F1 Singapore | World’s First Night Race

F1 Singapore | World’s First

f1 singapore gp hires 212x300 F1 Singapore | Worlds First Night RaceThe aim is to give tourism a boost and in 2007 , a deal was struck between the Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore GP Pte Ltd and Bernie Ecclestone for the world’s first Formula 1 , F1 Singapore Night race ,  . The estimated bill is about SGD$150M of which the Government of Singapore would co-fund 60% .

This is Formula ONE  first time ever night race and it was held in September 2008 at the Marina Bay Street circuit . Due to safety concerns as it is a never been held before night race  , a special blessing ceremony were conducted comprising of the 10 religious groups  in Singapore to conduct prayers for the safety of the drivers and all spectators .

The F1 Singapore night race has a  total of 61 laps , with a circuit length of about 5km  totaling 309km for the entire race . To light up the entire circuit ,  10,000 lamps , 1500 projectors and more than 100km of  power and optical cables were required .   To showcase Singapore night scene and to let the world knows a little bit more about this tiny country called Singapore , it was beamed live across the world with all tickets fully sold out .  It was a great and astounding success for the world’s first event .

 

 F1 Singapore  | 2008 Crashgate scandal

Although the 2008 Formula race was won by Spanish driver , Fernando Alonso from the Renault’s team , the race was tarnished by a supposedly crash , termed Crashgate scandal . Flavio Briatore and Pat Symond resigned after accusations that they purposely asked Nelson Piquet to crash at the 17th turn , allowing Fernando a chance to win in the 2008 race .  Here are some photographs from the 2008 F1 Singapore Night race showing the race circuit , Fernando who won the race and the beautiful night scenes in Singapore

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F1 Singapore | More Night races

The F1 Singapore night race deal was cut for 5 years and this year 2012 marked the 5th year of this remarkable event . Here are some key dates of the past races

28th September 2008 . Winner is Fernando Alfonso of Renault

27th September 2009 . Winner is Lewis Hamilton of McLaren – Mercedes

26th September 2010 . Winner is Fernando Alonso from Ferrari

25th  Septemer 2011 . Winner is Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull-Renault

This year the final will be held on 23rd September 2012 .

Here are some photographs from past F1 Singapore Night races .

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