F1 Singapore | World’s First Night Race
F1 Singapore | World’s First
The 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
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 .