S’pore did the first Kiddie Games and overspent for no apparent gain.
Why not try Formula E?
There will be 10 teams and 20 drivers racing on roads – not racetracks – in 10 cities, with a preliminary line-up that includes Los Angeles, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, London, Buenos Aires and Beijing …
Jean Todt, president of the FIA, called Formula E “a vision of the future”. And this comes from a man who built his reputation in rally car racing and then as head of F1′s most famous competitor, Ferrari.
He told the BBC: “F1 is the pinnacle of motor racing, but there is plenty of space for other championships, from endurance racing to touring car, to karting – and definitely Formula E.”
He rejected claims that Formula E is simply a promotional exercise to improve motorsport’s image.
OK, we got to divert traffic etc, one more time a yr. But this is new and innovative.
BTW, I enjoyed reading http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/24127798 about how Marina Bay is turned into a race track. Makes me proud to be a S’porean: We are the Prussians of the East.
Why can’t our constructive, nation building media report like this?
Or tell us why the race is so technically challenging for the drivers:
The Marina Bay Street Circuit is the second slowest 23-turn circuit on the calendar after Monaco, with an average speed of 172kph. Approximately 46% of the lap is taken at full throttle, compared with over 75% at Monza.
The twisting layout is hard on the brakes, while the gearboxes also take a beating, with around 80 gear changes per lap.
Drivers will complete 61 laps in the race – in 30C heat and 70% humidity – which takes a little under two hours to complete.
A change to the circuit this year is at turn 10 – dubbed the Singapore Sling. The original layout, a three-turn chicane, was seen as dangerous by drivers with Kimi Raikkonen crashing there in 2008 and Lewis Hamilton describing it as ‘the worst corner in Formula 1′.
This year, it has been turned into a single-apex left-hand bend and, without the chicane, lap times are expected to be lower.
This article told me more interesting facts about the skills needed to finish the course than all the drums coming from our MSM.