Singapore: light fantastic

“They’ve missed a trick here,” I said to Jamie Hibbard as we watched lunchtime’s free practice in Singapore, the dulcet tones of our very own Maurice Hamilton ringing over the radio. “They should’ve turned all the floodlights off, and fitted the cars with massive great rally lamps instead.”

“Yeah, but they’d all have crashed. And you wouldn’t have been able to see anything on the telly,” replied Jamie, quite reasonably.

“They’re all going to crash anyhow,” I persisted. “And how good would the McLaren look with four massive great headlamps on its front wing?”

And, as if by magic, a quick root around the McLaren F1 site revealed this quad-lighted masterpiece, created by those cads over in Woking in a nifty homage to F1’s first-ever night race. How cool is that?

And no, before you ask, it’s not going to go racing. At least, we don’t think it is. Lewis’s and Heikki’s practice cars were notable for the absence of enormous headlights strung out over the nose cone.

But who knows? Maybe it’s a secret (OK, now not-so-very-secret) race strategy from the McLaren boys. Can’t imagine Kimi would be too pleased to have Lewis nipping out the back of a chicane and into his rear view mirrors with four monster lights glaring away.

Wonder what the stewards would think of that?

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fia are unfiar to hamilton!! he was forced off the track at the bus stop chicane he would of took over kimi anyway.

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Ye i agree with the hamilton fan.
and… if lewis is winning in singapore fia will find a reason to take the victory away from him

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[…] Singapore: light fantastic “They’ve missed a trick here,” I said to Jamie Hibbard as we watched lunchtime’s free practice […] […]

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Rally lamps? Next he’ll suggest that next season should have a dirt rally stage and watch the cars take every corner sideways at 150mph.

Now if that doesn’t convert every person alive into racing fans, nothing will. :P

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Can we let this Belgic punishment let go now? And Hamilton fan, remember this is racing, the point is not making the overtaking easy, specially if you are on the 1st position. Remember Hamilton pushed off the track 2 drivers in Monza and didn’t get punished, despite the moves being unnecessary…just drop it, it’s has been on for more than one week, stop the cries, he’s still in front of the championship.

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Jesus Christ you are still moaning about Hamilton getting demoted in Monza.
Ok i’ve got newsflash for you!!!!
1. almost all drivers accepted that Hamilton broke the rules but thought the 25s penalty was harsh and probably should be penalized 10 places on the grid in Singapore.
2. Demotion of grid by 10 places is virtually impossible to regain them as it probably is a circuit with no overtaking what so ever.
Conclusion.
The penalty given was essentially in the best benefit of Hamilton. He still holds third in Monza and has a fighting chance in Singapore.
Now to the fun part of headlights… They look cool!!! but unfortunately we won’t be seeing them as F1 cars rely on Aero too much. It’s just for fun :)
But rally cars do look cooler with those headlights too :P actually all cars do :P

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i’d just like to point out the sentiment in singapore. No one really wanted these races here, and for a country that only has a small following for F1, we suddenly find the entire downtown district totally inaccessible.

Yay for forced govt projects.

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I agree with Andrew on Comment 22.

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I dont mean to say this but I think McLaren have gone a bit over the top with those lights! OH MY GOD, they’re ugly.

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RWF – “There is a next but not necessarily a better way for Hammy to drive at night. Give him some night vision goggles or helmet.”

Now, that is a great idea. That would be safer for everyone. He’d probably see the red lights when coming out of pits.

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reasonablyforeseeable, I know how you feel :) I’ve lived there as an expatriate, and whenever the government as an oppurtunity to show off to the world, it pounces on it. To the expense of others obviously…

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Is it me or is the FIA more bothered about how many viewers it has rather than the drivers themselves. This whole nigth thing will never catch on and it aint making the sport more interestin for any1… just 10 times harder for the drivers and teams so y do it anyway.

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ferrari probley have illigal lights on their car and the fia will know and cut poer to the street lights. allowing ferrari to gain an advantage by using illigal 1s

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thats a bit OTT even for formula 1 !

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come on now clearly its a joke and its absoltely hilarious…besides if it were really to happen…with the advancments in technology F1 demands, u think they’d put super aerodynamic xenon lamps on the ends of the front wing

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Actually the effect on the roads here hasn’t been as bad as I would have thought. Getting away from the circuit has been hell, I had to stay in Boat Quay for nearly an hour before a taxi arrived. Perhaps I might have had better luck had I waited outside Molly Malone’s as opposed to inside at the bar, will know better tonight! Pip pip!

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What they should have done was make small but powerful halogens lining the bumper. That WOULD look cool! Plus who wants to see the ‘rally’ mclaren at the Monte-Carlo night stage? I certainly would :D

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Oh and by the way F1 Yankee, nobody cares seen as though this is an English Website, i reckon this isnt the place to have a go at us. Someone didnt eat their bigmac with double fries this morning…:P XD

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