This event marks two historic firsts – the first F1 street race in Asia and the first F1 night race ever. Given the scale of organisation and marketing that went into place, I’m sure it must have been a big relief when the first practice sessions kicked off on Friday without incident.
Thanks to Ming, a few of us were able to attend Friday’s practice sessions for free! We had seats at the Padang Grandstand facing St Andrew’s Cathedral. It was quite sad though that Ming’s camera broke down on the day of the race, but on the bright side, it meant that he could enjoy watching the race without distraction. 😛
Merv, Aloy, Zann and Ming
Upon sitting down, the first thing that struck me was how high the fences were – not good for taking photos at all! I tried a couple of panning shots during the afternoon’s practice sessions for other races but even that couldn’t eliminate the distracting presence of fences in the photos.
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia practice session
After dinner, I decided that I might have better luck walking around the track instead. However, I almost gave up when all I could see were the never ending sight of tall fences.
They are everywhere!
As a photographer, one of the most important traits to have is perseverance, and after walking around quite a fair bit and climbing onto all sorts of things like railings and power boxes to gain height (to no avail), I was lucky enough to find a small opening where safety cars drive onto the track to shoot from. Here are some shots taken from that spot.
As I post this, the first ever Singapore Grand Prix has just ended with Fernando Alonso (Renault) claiming first place followed by Nico Rosberg (Williams-Toyota) in second and finally Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) in third.
It was a pretty disastrous race for the Ferrari team who saw Massa involved in a pit stop mishap and Räikkönen crashing out. In a sport where fortunes can change so dramatically, Massa for example actually started the race in pole position, winners are decided not just on who drives the best but which teams makes the least mistakes.