Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Reversing a stupid mistake

I never liked F1 because it is racing in the pits instead of on the tracks.

The faster the tyres got changed, the faster the fuel got pumped, the higher are the chances of the driver winning the race. And since actions in the pit are considered part of the excitement, my 1st paragraph don't sound so wrong.

Compared that to its motorcycle equivalent, MotoGP, where the race is really on the track as pitting in is a choice and not a requirement, it's a do or die situation for the racers and not the pit crews!

Nevertheless, the recent night race, although considered a stale idea as MotoGP had its first night race in March this year, hence not too much to utter the word copycat somewhere along the line, is still a good development for Singapore, I hope.

Maybe those who road hogs may finally learn to get the hell out of the way. Maybe the ah bengs and the like will realise that their cars might as well be fixed with speakers to emulate the exhaust sound of the F1 cars rather than to 'cheng' them up and in the end still go like snails.

One thing for sure, it proves that he is wrong for chasing the race out of Singapore back in the 60s and now probably swallowing his pride for saying so what if Malaysia hosts the F1 way earlier.

As for the race track itself, I believe most drivers gave politically correct answers when interviewed. Wait for later interviews and we'll know what they really thought of the track.

Personally, I think there are simply too many bends, slowing down the whole race. If it was up to me, I would not make the track turn left after Suntec Convention Centre but instead after the Civilian War Memorial resulting in longer straights down Suntec and towards the Padang. The cars will get to brake later hence reaching higher speeds than it managed to last night. Two bends less equal more speed.

I really pity those who paid to for the tickets facing the floating platform. Not only did they get to see the cars for like one second, they also missed out on the real potential of the cars - that is going fast, and not like some cars going into a garage!

So all in all, congrats for a successful event, although I am not sure how the amount of money the government poured in (reportedly $100M) to reverse the mistake, benefits the population as a whole.

As for me, going Genting then Sepang for MotoGP is still much more exciting.

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