Greetings from Singapore! It was an exciting race under the lights at the Marina Bay Circuit where Fernando Alonso drove superbly to lead from start to finish. There was plenty of drama as well – the collision between Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton which saw the latter retire, Schumacher clashing with Nick Heidfeld in his comeback race and Robert Kubica overtaking like a hero in the latter stages of the race. Speaking of that, we haven’t seen so much overtaking in the Singapore GP before!
But one of the most dramatic moments of the race for me and fellow fans seated on the pit straight grandstand was the sight of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus T127 going up in flames right in front of us. We saw the Finn’s car catching fire on the screen, but instead of going into the pits, he drove the by now engulfed car towards the start/finish line. He then jumped out and played fireman, receiving great applause from the crowd for his efforts!
That happened one lap before Alonso took the chequered flag just ahead of a tenacious Seb Vettel, who was sniffing away at the Ferrari’s tail all day. Mark Webber took third to maintain his championship lead.
I’ve covered F1 races from the press room and Paddock Club before, but this was actually my first time watching as a spectator from the grandstand, and it was much more exciting. Great atmosphere, loud crowd, plenty of ooohs and ahhhs – my ears are still buzzing! Our kind hosts, Shell, provided us with Kangaroo TV sets so I could hear the commentary and watch the race on my personal screen, but even with earphones on, my eardrums vibrated painfully everytime a car zoomed pass. Earplugs would have solved the issue, but I would then have to sacrifice commentary!
Anyway, it was a great race and a great experience. Here are some pictures I took to “share the atmosphere” with you. They are after the jump. Enjoy!
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