To be honest, I’ve never been much of a motor sport fan. But with all the hype surrounding the Singapore Grand Prix race I couldn’t help but develop some intrigue. Held at night, the Marina Bay Street Circuit has given a fresh interpretation of motor racing, and the vibrant city skyline has continued to be a magnificent and exhilarating backdrop for the race.
Although all 84,317 tickets for the race were sold out early, I was lucky enough to be given a complimentary ticket to the VIP lounge and grand spectator stand. I found a seat next to this elderly gentleman who seemed welcoming even to novice like myself.
“Do you think F1 drivers are athletes?” he asked. Unsure and nervous, I answered in a feeble voice, “Well, not really. The drivers just need to be petite enough for the vehicle, and have somewhat good driving skills.” The man, named Elvis, chuckled as he led me to a new found respect towards professional Formula One race drivers.
While I had previously assumed that Formula One racing was all about the car, Elvis taught me that drivers need a unique combination of power, aerobic fitness and mental strength to handle speeds of more than 200mph and forces of more than 5G for 90 minutes at a time. In order to manage the toll of the physical stress that G-force takes on their body while racing, Formula One drivers go through a vigorous routine physical training. Additionally, Formula One drivers actively practice keeping their brains alert, including honing their hand-eye coordination. This is done with the intention to improve their memory and awareness to challenge the unpredictable situations that present themselves during the course of the race.
Luckily for me, Singapore has signed a new Formula One deal that will keep the race here for at least another 5 years. Since Singapore staged its first Formula One race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in 2008, it has received enthusiastic reviews for its spectacular setting, efficient organization and popularity with fans and teams. The date has been fixed for the Singapore Grand Prix in 2013, and from now till 22 September 2013 and I am going to countdown with much anticipation this time around!