Drivers may be nervous, teams may be unsure but race fans will be thrilled at the long term weather forecast for Singapore and next Sunday night’s Grand Prix. According to the website Weather Underground the long term forecast will see a 90% chance of rain along with thunderstorms for next Sunday night.
Several drivers have expressed their apprehension at driving at night during heavy rain and the added attraction of tropical thunder and lightning will do nothing to ease those concerns.
Of course regardless of the weather it’s vital for both the organisers, The Singapore Government and one Bernie Ecclestone that the race goes off without a hitch.
Singapore prides itself on its ruthless efficiency, It’s a country were the chewing of gum is banned and so called minor crimes like graffiti or littering can be met with often brutal punishment.
A smooth running and successful Singapore Grand Prix will be a signal to the world that Singapore can organise a major International Sporting event and of course will showcase the country to a world where the only thing most people know about the place is Chilli Crabs and Noodles.
For Bernie a successful night Grand Prix will add to his demands for other races in the region such as Australia to also switch to the night format. The race will be seen in daylight hours early Sunday European time and the novelty of seeing the worlds fastest road racing cars and drivers under lights should add up to a huge TV audience.
Judging by the shots we have seen so far, the track will be an incredible showcase for the City-State, with an exciting mix of old world colonial charm and state of the art cutting edge urban design.
Just what though if the storms come hard and long? what if drivers decide that conditions are simply not safe? Imagine the pressure that will be potentially applied by one of the most ruthlessly efficient, brutal and callously cruel regimes the world has known. And then of course there’s the Singapore Government.
And now the forecast:
Chance of a Thunderstorm. Scattered Clouds. High: 89° F. / 32° C. Wind light. Chance of precipitation 20%.
Thunderstorm. Low: 77° F. / 25° C. Wind light. Chance of precipitation 90%.