Round the hotels at night – Singapore GP this weekend


Eff Wun under lights. This Grand Prix is lauded as pure excitement under lights, but for me, and countless enthusiasts, the excitement is not there. Narrow street circuits like Monaco lead to processions, and I don’t care how many singing budgies they have as ‘entertainment’. I follow motor racing – not music concerts. If I want musical entertainment, I can go to a concert anywhere, any time.

I go to race meetings to watch motor racing. I do not need head bangers with my F1. If the organizers really want to put on an extravaganza, then run 10 categories of races as the lead-up to the top category F1. What a novel idea – racing cars at an F1 venue. Put on a “Retro” race and I’ll even take the TBX Mk 1 Escort down, even if I have to drive it there!

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Having had my gripe, the Singapore Grand Prix will start at 7 p.m. Thai time on the Sunday evening (NB: Qualifying is at 8 p.m. on the Saturday). We will be watching from our perches at Jameson’s Irish Pub (Soi AR, next to Nova Park) and even though the racing commences at 7 p.m. join us around 6 p.m. for dinner (I do recommend the roasts), and a beer and a chat before the race begins. We watch on the giant screen, with the dedicated F1 channel which is of top value and there are no adverts during the race!