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Singapore Grand Prix 2008

I was filming in Malacca the past couple of days and when I returned, I fell into my regular habit of browsing quickly through the headlines dominating our ST for the past few days, just to get an idea what I’ve been missing in Singapore. There was quite a bit of coverage on the F1, which was a breath of fresh air from the tainted milk scandal in China. I know I mentioned in my most recent 8DAYS interview that I am not quite excited about the Grand Prix, but I am taking back my words. All that news coverage and gripping pictures of the cars, the drivers and their teams has got me very enthusiastic about Sunday’s race. Never mind that roads are blocked off, or that it takes an unusually long time to travel through town. When I watched the practice session on Channel 5 last night, it was love at first sight. There isn’t a better place to hold the race because watching the cars zoom past all those familiar buildings that we’ve been made to study for History in secondary school, all traffic/road/mall inaccessibility grievances gave way to pride and respect for Singapore and the people who invested time, money and strength on the planning and infrastructure of the first night race.

It was somewhat surreal from the aerial view, because what struck me most was the warm lighting from our famous landmarks like the Supreme Court, against the bright lights of the track and the crawling traffic along the ECP, against the super cars racing underneath. It’s one of those mental pictures that will stay in my head for a long long time.

Aerial view of the race track.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes narrowly beat title rival Felipe Massa by just 0.080secs in the first session.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of McLaren Mercedes narrowly beat title rival Felipe Massa by just 0.080secs in the first session.

Felipe Massa of Ferrari finished third in Session Two.

Fernando Alonso in his Renault, clocking the fastest timing for Session Two

Fernando Alonso of Renault, clocking the fastest practice timing for Session Two.

This is why Singapore Grand Prix 2008 matters.

I haven’t got tickets to watch it live at Marina Bay, so I will have to content with watching in on Channel 5. Now I am truly a victim of the “Magic Bullet Theory“.