It’s been a long, hot 3 days of Formula 1 action. One thing Singapore does very well is a Grand Prix. Just the staggering organisation of the event alone is enough to make you really take notice. Once the sun sets the blindingly bright flood lights bathe everything in brilliant white light. Almost turning night to day for the second ever F1 night race.
Once again the predictable rain that falls daily in Singapore took a well earned break and left us with 3 days of gorgeous sunshine. Albeit astonishingly hot sunshine. The temperature never dropping below 30 degrees even at night leaves you sweaty and constantly thirsty. Thanks to the many beer stalls within the Grand Prix arena that’s easily taken care of.
Free practice sessions showed the great pace of the Brawn cars once again and also how well the McLaren’s can handle the curbs of a street circuit. Qualifying was another matter where strategic errors played a part dropping Jenson Button to 12th and Ruebens trashing his car against the wall 30 seconds from the end of Q3. Still the qualifying result was bitter sweet with Hamilton on pole.
And to race day. An amazing atmosphere. an 80,000 strong crowd enjoying the heat, the beer, the entertainment and the race action. We were surrounded by avid fans really getting involved, shaking fists at their favourite drivers, sharing information as the cars shot past, smiles and good fun all round. The result was fantastic for us Button fans too finishing 7 places higher than his starting position and a Brit winning the race as well.
Nightlife at the race
After the race we headed straight to watch local Brighton boy John Digweed DJing a fine set for a 2000 plus crowd at the Esplanade outdoor theatre. Swelteringly hot dancing, a fantastic celebratory crowd and a jaw dropingly awesome urban skyline ended a fantastic weekend off nicely.
Our first full week away has been amazing. Such good generous friends we’ve been able to stay with, an amazing race oh and during the parade lap Jenson Button even blew us a kiss! I kid you not! I think the shiny t-shirt i was wearing with “JENSON” on the front in huge letters may have had something to do with it!!
The real Singapore
Singapore, contrary to what people say, is not bland, corporate and conformative. It’s vibrant, exciting, a mix of Asian cultures and progressive thinking and it really knows how to put on some great entertainment! 10 days doesn’t seem long enough, I’d gladly stay here another week if not a month or 6! Still Vietnam awaits on Wednesday.