Singapore buffs up for GP
SINGAPORE is looking good for its first grand prix. The city centre is fluffed and plumped, the 5km city loop has been freshly surfaced with race-grade bitumen and the pit building is nearly done.
Standing in that pitlane a week ago, it was impossible not to be impressed. Albert Park is great and we can’t wait for an extension of the Melbourne contract for the Australian Grand Prix, but Singapore is something else.
For a start, the course is right alongside the main shopping district and the harbour, and the grandstands have great views.
It runs past all sorts of Singapore landmarks.
The pit building, which was inspired by a dragon, even has an Australian connection with Colorbond steel panels.
And the race itself is going to be crewed by a big team of Aussies, right down to press room fixer Stuart Sykes.
What’s not to like? Right now, it’s the prices. Singapore hotels plan to gouge wallets deeply and their ridiculous room prices have already led to a government inquiry.
Even so, anyone who’s excited about the prospect of the first Formula One night race should be in Singapore on September 26-28.