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Hulkenberg: Night race in Singapore is spectacular

Sep 15, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg is looking forward to returning to Singapore for next weekend’s grand prix in the only night race of the season.

Starting at 10pm local time, Singapore hosted the first ever night race in Formula One in 2008, with Abu Dhabi following suit by holding a ‘twilight’ race (start at dusk, end in the dark) in 2009. The novelty of the event has failed to wear off, being a favorite for the fans and drivers racing under the lights.

“Being in the paddock when it’s dark is something quite special,” Hulkenberg said. “It’s the only total night race on the calendar and racing in a mega city like Singapore is unique. It’s a huge hub in many respects, financially and also with the airport being such a vital link between Asia and the rest of the world.

“To have at track like that is pretty spectacular. A mega event this large needs a lot of logistics, effort from the organizers and everybody involved to make this happen.”

The tiny country becomes the centre of the Formula One world next week in one of the sport’s biggest glamor events, rivalling the likes of Monaco and Abu Dhabi in terms of being a sheer spectacle. Hopefully, the on-track racing will reflect this as we enter the final seven rounds of the 2013 Formula One season.

  1. worknman24hours - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    So spectacular that Bernie wants to abandon it every year right after it ends.

    • apexassassin - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:09 AM

      Lol, don’t believe the hype. Singapore pays the most for their race. Unfortunately, it won’t be off the calendar anytime soon.

  2. apexassassin - Sep 17, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Most visually stunning race and worst circuit on the calendar. Total snooze fest. Totally hoping it rains just to see what a clusterfuck that’d produce.

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