Historic night race gets final approval
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has granted approval, via the Singapore Motor Sports Association, for the FORMULA ONE Singapore Grand Prix to hold the first night race in the sport’s history.
“We are well on our way to creating history – with two positive lighting tests under our belt, we are on track to delivering the first night-race in Formula One history,” commented Mr. Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP.
The electric night-time atmosphere will deliver a different perspective for FORMULA ONE fans around the globe. The later start time will also ensure maximum exposure of the race to the important European television markets.
“Given that one of our objectives is to showcase Singapore to FORMULA ONE fans around the world, our late start-time will help us achieve this. The stunning city skyline backdrop will be an added bonus” added Mr. Syn.
Said Mr. Lim Neo Chian, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board "The in-principle approval by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for Singapore to host a night race is yet another positive step in our preparations to present to the world a truly unique FORMULA ONE race. Subject to final safety approvals, FORMULA ONE fans worldwide will be able to enjoy a race experience like no other in Singapore from next year – a dramatic night street race set against our beautiful city skyline."
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the challenges in setting up the light system?
Setting up a light system in a street circuit involves a number of challenges. To prevent the unnecessary uprooting of trees, the height of the lights would have to be lower than the tree canopy lining the circuit.
As the F1 Singapore Grand Prix is a street circuit, the light system is a temporary one. Other challenges include setting-up and dismantling the system in the quickest possible time to minimize disruption. A logical solution is to use special power-lock connectors to connect the cables, as well as pre-preparing equipment such as the various lengths of cables required, in Singapore.
Because of the limited time-frame to set up the system, it would be impossible to place the cables in underground ducts. As a result, aluminum trusses – similar to light fittings at a concert – will be used to house the power cables.
How extensively will the track be lit?
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The entire track, including the run-off areas, has to be consistently lit. However, the run-off areas would not as bright as the rest of the track, so as to avoid confusing the drivers.
The light beam has to be controlled such that occasionally, when the cars spin uncontrollably and end up facing a wrong direction, the driver’s vision is not impaired.
How will the aluminum trusses be set up?
The aluminum trusses, measuring 400 by 400 by 4000millimetres, will be installed 10metres high and is supported by vertical steel pylons placed 32metres apart.
The vertical steel pylons, measuring 252 by 360 by 10,000mm, will be supported by prefabricated concrete blocks. The height of the pylons, which varies from 8 to 12 meters, will have to be individually adjusted according to its location along the circuit, without compromising on the luminosity.
How will the lighting system be powered?
12 twin-power generators, located in sound-proof containers, will be providing electricity for the light system during the race. The diesel and power levels of the generators will be closely monitored via a main control room located at the pit building.
What happens if there is a power fault?
Should any of the generators fail, the other generators would serve as a back-up by default. As a precaution, engineers will also be assigned to each generator. If there is a power fault in any of the cables, the devices can be interchanged quickly due to the use of power-lock connectors.
Will the lighting be similar throughout the circuit?
Yes, each light consists of a projector with internal reflectors individually modified to adapt to a particular area of the circuit. Each projector consists of a 2000watt white metal halide lamp. The projectors will be installed at 4 meter intervals on the aluminum truss.
Will the lighting system be installed on both sides of the track?
The lighting projectors will only be placed on one side of the track, due to the complications of setting up the system in a street circuit. The lights will be fixed at the same side of the track as the television cameras, to reduce glare when broadcasting the race. As the height of the F1 cars is only 1metre, the shadows cast would be minimal. Thus, it would not be necessary to have lights on both sides of the track.