Hamilton looking to win Raffles prize in Singapore Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 13:31 28 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Singapore, 22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes),
 *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap +++

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Singapore, 22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap +++

HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap

LEWIS Hamilton faces a mad dash to the first corner to improve his chances of winning the historic Singapore Grand Prix.

The McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts qualified for the inaugural night race second on the grid behind Ferrari s Felipe Massa.

There

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Singapore, 22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes),
 *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap +++

LEWIS Hamilton faces a mad dash to the first corner to improve his chances of winning the historic Singapore Grand Prix.

The McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts qualified for the inaugural night race second on the grid behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

There are limited overtaking opportunities around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit, much like Valencia in Spain.

So reaching the first corner at the front of the field - and ahead of Massa - could prove crucial to winning the race.

Tewin's Formula 1 hero knows overtaking won't be easy around the 5km circuit, especially as he will start on the dirtier and therefore slower side of the track.

The 23-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver said: "You won't be able to overtake here.

"I don't think so, not if you're as quick as the guy in front."

As a result of that, Hamilton will be relying on his driving instincts to carve out a podium position from the front row. He said: "You've just got to play it by ear and just do the best job that we can."

As Formula 1 continues to break boundaries, Asia's first street race will be the first night grand prix in the history of the sport.

The anti-clockwise, 5.067km track winds through the heart of one of the world's most striking and energetic cities.

Drivers will race on public roads past landmarks such as the historic Anderson Bridge, St Andrews Road and Raffles Boulevard.

The Singapore event is the second grand prix of the season to take place in a city state, Monaco being the other location. However, unlike the tight, twisting Monte Carlo track, the Asian street circuit is wider and significantly faster.

Drivers are expected to reach top speeds of approximately 290km/h along the Raffles Boulevard, the circuit's main straight.

Hamilton starts second on the grid behind Massa, his main rival for the world title.

"As I said, it's unlikely to be able to overtake, so we might see another Valencia," lamented Hamilton.

The European GP in Spain was won by Massa from pole position and was a boring addition to the F1 calendar with hardly any overtaking.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists