Page 48 - SilverKris September 2014

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n 2008, Singapore was added as
a venue for the world Formula 1
championships. True to form, the
Republic wanted to be better. So it
came up with a night race. A first of
its kind. A race under lights and through
the streets of the city centre. If the race
in the principality of Monaco is steeped in
tradition, Singapore’s event soon became
the jewel in Formula One’s crown.
For six years, petrolheads and mere
mortals counted down to the most-
anticipated weekend in sport when
magnificent drivers in their souped-up
machines charged through tight city
streets at speeds in excess of 200kmh.
For Singapore sports, nothing could
match the awesomeness of the occasion.
Coming at a time when Singapore begins
its 12-month countdown to 50 years
of nationhood, it is only fitting that the
country’s most visible icon – Singapore
Airlines – has swooped in to add even
more glamour, colour and class to this
sporting party. In September, the Airline’s
kebaya-clad stewardesses will welcome
visitors to the 7th edition of the event and,
more significantly, to the first Formula 1
As Singapore Airlines takes over as Title Sponsor
of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, we
look back to the thrills of former editions –
in anticipation of what is to come.
Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
If last year’s event, won by Sebastian
Vettel, took your breath away, we can
only guess what this year’s race will be
like – especially with the world drivers’
championship still up for grabs and 22
cars ready to burn fuel and rubber over 61
laps or 309km of the tight and extremely
demanding street layout.
Will the lap record of 1min 48.574sec be
smashed when the feudingMercedes and
Red Bull teams lock horns? Bearing in mind
that just three drivers – Red Bull’s Sebastian
Vettel, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the then
McLaren-Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
– have won the Singapore leg, will we see a
new face on the winner’s podium at around
10.15pm on September 21? Maybe Nico
Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo or FelipeMassa?
Well, given how the season has evolved, we
are not betting against it happening.
Indeed, and given the sheer uniqueness
of a race under lights and the derring-do of
the drivers, plenty can happen and usually
does – as you can see in our round-up of the
most magical moments of the Singapore
Grand Prix so far.
fast track