Hamilton to be a street fighter in Singapore
PUBLISHED: 13:06 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:28 26 October 2009
FORMULA 1 will venture into uncharted territory in Asia this weekend. For the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday will be the first to be staged at night. A new anti-clockwise, 5.067km track will wind through the heart of one of the world s most stri
FORMULA 1 will venture into uncharted territory in Asia this weekend.
For the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday will be the first to be staged at night.
A new anti-clockwise, 5.067km track will wind through the heart of one of the world's most striking and energetic cities.
Tewin F1 driver Lewis Hamilton will certainly be able to see the sights from the comfort of his McLaren Mercedes cockpit with the race being held on public roads past landmarks such as the historic Anderson Bridge, St Andrews Road and Raffles Boulevard, along which cars will reach almost 300km/h.
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 Marina Bay street circuit is much wider and significantly faster.
An average speed of about 175km/h has been calculated for this track and drivers are expected to reach top speeds of approximately 290km/h along the main straight.
The average speed during qualifying in Monaco this year was about 160km/h.
Hamilton won this year's Monaco race and loves racing on the roads.
"We are racing on another street circuit, which are a particular favourite of mine," said the former Stevenage schoolboy.
"From what I understand it is wide and fairly flowing in nature, which is not what you usually expect from a street circuit, but it sounds like it will be pretty spectacular."
His McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen added: "The circuit looks fantastic, there seem to be a few overtaking opportunities, so hopefully it will be a good race.
"Races in cities always have a great atmosphere, so I am looking forward to it."
Norbert Haug, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, feels F1's first night race has all the hallmarks of being a spectacular event.
He said: "This premiere will certainly be the most exciting in Formula 1 history - in the middle of the night, in the middle of the metropolis."
Hamilton will take to the track for the first time for Friday's opening free practice at 7pm local time.
Qualifying is the latest session of the weekend, kicking off at 10pm, with the race itself starting at 8pm on Sunday.
Singapore is seven hours ahead of GMT, so the race itself will start at lunchtime in Britain.