Fernando Alonso was crowned Formula One’s prince of darkness on Sunday night at the sports first night time grand prix in Singapore. The Spaniard celebrated with the customary champagne fuelled celebrations.
The event has been reported as an action packed roller coaster of thrills drama and dare devil driving. Organisers had faced a headache of eye-watering proportions in their ambitions to step into the unknown and host the extravaganza under the stars. For the lighting alone, 1,600 lantern-like projectors were rigged up, requiring more than 100,000 metres of cabling and 240 steel pylons to illuminate the track.
The result was some of the most spectacular images of any sporting event. Pictures of gleaming Ferraris speeding through a hi-tech cityscape vied with images of cars streaking past the world's largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer. More than 300,000 people poured through the gates over three days, a sell-out, and created a festival atmosphere.
Lewis Hamilton finished third and said the track and the facilities were phenomenal; in fact all the drivers gave the thumbs up to the event.
Bernie Ecclestone believes that floodlit events will be the future for the sport and plans to turn the Japanese Grand Prix into the next night race. He added that now it has been proven to work so well it can be applied to anywhere in the world.