Has anyone considered what would happen if it rained during the Singapore Grand Prix this upcoming season? I wonder this following yesterday’s catch-up post when I realised how much night racing is being pushed at the moment. And today we have further news that Sepang could be ready for an artificially lit race within a year, complying with their new contract with Bernie Ecclestone. But has anyone actually thought about the consequences of really not being able to see anything while moving very, very fast?
During a wet race commencing at the regular lunchtime hour of 1pm, the skies tend to be reasonably light in most countries and even cloud cover doesn’t necessarily change this too much. However, if rain falls we all know just how much the visibility for the drivers is hindered. My concern is that should it rain at night, will this not just make it even more dangerous?
I’m not going to suggest that it would be a problem, after all, I don’t really know. My concern is that nobody appears to have mentioned it yet. Perhaps Singapore never receives a drop of rain in the month of September. Perhaps there is plan already in place. Perhaps it really is a non-issue. I however feel it could be, given that the powerful lighting system needed to illuminate the circuit will play havac with the drivers visor. Under normal wet conditions, the sun is usually hidden behind a cloud. Thus light, and therefore glare, is dramatically reduced, leaving the driver to just contend with water on and in his visor. However, artificial lights don’t have the luxury of being able to hide as soon as it rains. They will remain on, leading me to imagine the drivers being faced with annoying reflections and glare across their field of vision.
Perhaps a motorcyclist out there could shed some light on this? Have you ever ridden along the road in the night-time rain and looked up at a street light, or into the headlights of an oncoming car? Does it cause further vision-impeding glare or momentary blindness? Feel free to prove me wrong, I’d be all the more happier for it. I’m just concerned that not all factors have been considered in Bernie’s crusade to attract vampires into the series.
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