Grand Prix 2022 Singapore Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

"Starry, starry night", sang Don Maclean in the song Vincent. He clearly wasn't standing next to the F1 circuit in Singapore when he came up with these lyrics as he would have been able to see bugger all of the night sky with all the extra lighting put in place to illuminate the race track.

Mr Google tells me there at 1,600 custom made lights around the circuit "specially designed to minimise glare and surface reflection". Now I'm not a lighting technician but in all the years I've been driving I will admit that reflection off of tarmac has never been a major concern to me. But what do I know? I suppose if it rains there could be a problem, but then if it rains the field follow the safety car round until Max Verstappen is declared the winner and then they all go home.

Apparently the lighting level is four times that of a football stadium and 100 times that of the street lights the rest of us mugs have to put up with when driving our cars on the road. All these lights are powered by 24 500kVA generators, which builds in multiple levels of redundancy, and there are a further 12 50kVA generators to supply power to all the track side services the teams need. Good old diesel generators! Don't worry, they planted a tree to offset the CO2 emissions. Yes, just the one.

Here's an interesting fact, when the FIA were running tests on the lighting they were helped by the Renault F1 team and their then test driver Nelson Piquet jnr. Perhaps this was what gave him the confidence to hit the wall at high speed in 2009 and know the marshals etc. would be able to get him out safely. Let's not go there shall we?

In defence of the gimmicky nature of the event it does often throw up quite a good race. And being at night you can't see that the surroundings look like Goole docks on a bad day. One of the measures Bernie used to use when choosing new venues for F1 races was whether the super rich wives of his super rich mates would want to go to a GP so that they could go shopping. Singapore certainly fulfills this need, and apparently the Nisa store in Silverstone village does a stonking trade in foie gras and Bollinger during the race weekend in the UK.

One other thing, the Russian GP was supposed to take place between Italy and Singapore. I suspect Bernie is still seething that his mate Vlad has had his moment in the global sports spotlight take away from him. Don't worry Bernie, F1 is still in bed with many other dictators and despots, just look at where the season ends.

Here's the timings for the Sky coverage

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Enjoy!
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
i really like the this grand prix because its the only race that doesnt feel like a sprint, its an endurance race usually 2 hours long. the concentration is needed in the heat & humidity.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
F1 from a general sporting point of view have really missed a trick here by not having a GP on a football international weekend because they wouldve got massive audience from casual sporting fan. who is at home just looking for something to watch
 

rufus_mcdufus

Champion Elect
Photo looks odd. The guy looking back on the right appears to be in line with Lewis(?) but head turning like that would be looking at a point in front of him. Would be interesting to see video for context.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
Photo looks odd. The guy looking back on the right appears to be in line with Lewis(?) but head turning like that would be looking at a point in front of him. Would be interesting to see video for context.
it looks like it will be some kind of opening shot of Channel 4 qualifying or race coverage
 

RiderJake

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"Starry, starry night", sang Don Maclean in the song Vincent. He clearly wasn't standing next to the F1 circuit in Singapore when he came up with these lyrics as he would have been able to see bugger all of the night sky with all the extra lighting put in place to illuminate the race track.

Mr Google tells me there at 1,600 custom made lights around the circuit "specially designed to minimise glare and surface reflection". Now I'm not a lighting technician but in all the years I've been driving I will admit that reflection off of tarmac has never been a major concern to me. But what do I know? I suppose if it rains there could be a problem, but then if it rains the field follow the safety car round until Max Verstappen is declared the winner and then they all go home.

Apparently the lighting level is four times that of a football stadium and 100 times that of the street lights the rest of us mugs have to put up with when driving our cars on the road. All these lights are powered by 24 500kVA generators, which builds in multiple levels of redundancy, and there are a further 12 50kVA generators to supply power to all the track side services the teams need. Good old diesel generators! Don't worry, they planted a tree to offset the CO2 emissions. Yes, just the one.

Here's an interesting fact, when the FIA were running tests on the lighting they were helped by the Renault F1 team and their then test driver Nelson Piquet jnr. Perhaps this was what gave him the confidence to hit the wall at high speed in 2009 and know the marshals etc. would be able to get him out safely. Let's not go there shall we?

In defence of the gimmicky nature of the event it does often throw up quite a good race. And being at night you can't see that the surroundings look like Goole docks on a bad day. One of the measures Bernie used to use when choosing new venues for F1 races was whether the super rich wives of his super rich mates would want to go to a GP so that they could go shopping. Singapore certainly fulfills this need, and apparently the Nisa store in Silverstone village does a stonking trade in foie gras and Bollinger during the race weekend in the UK.

One other thing, the Russian GP was supposed to take place between Italy and Singapore. I suspect Bernie is still seething that his mate Vlad has had his moment in the global sports spotlight take away from him. Don't worry Bernie, F1 is still in bed with many other dictators and despots, just look at where the season ends.

Here's the timings for the Sky coverage

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Enjoy!
Really, what's with all the lighting? Maybe it would be safer for the environment and even brighter to hold the race in the daytime? Just a thought :)
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
RiderJake, did you see the start of FP1 when it was still daylight? It has to be run a night so you can't see the awful environment the race is taking place in. Think how unsightly Valencia was as an F1 venue, there was a race which needed to be in the dark. Ditto Singapore. Actually, from what I remember about Miami that probably could have benefited from being a night race as well.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
what a strange ending to qualifying. max verstappen was about to put it on pole for by 8 tenths. then told to abort seems if he did the outlap. he wouldnt have enough fuel to satisfy scruinteering. so better 8th than last

surprised at George Russell, just couldnt find the pace. seemed to struggle with understeer. but it was seemingly 1 of those rare qualifying. where it wasnt quicker at the end. as it was a halfway house where it was too dry for inters but too wet for slicks. as you look at stroll & vettel in Q2 who went for the softs had lost 1.7 & 1.8 seconds respectively just in the 1st sector
 

Brogan

Legend
Staff Member
Verstappen says he doesn’t think he can win, or even get on the podium, from eighth after a Red Bull fuel error

Oh **** off!

The fastest car on the grid by seconds a lap ... just **** off.
 
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