F1 under lights

Posted on December 15, 2011

2011 Singapore Formula 1

After visiting Hong Kong and Malaysia, I hopped on a short flight to Singapore for the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

This was my second Singapore GP (I attended the inaugural race as a journalist back in 08) so I knew what to expect: stinking humidity amplified by the heat from the cars and upside-down working hours. As it’s a night race, the teams, drivers and working media tend to wake up in the afternoon and then work through til sunrise.

2011 Singapore Formula 1

Held in the heart of downtown Singapore, the streets of Marina Bay provide an amazing backdrop for a Formula 1 race. The course snakes its way across the waterfront, over bridges, and beneath grandstands. All at night under lights. It’s an incredible, almost surreal, experience that should be on every car enthusiast’s bucket list.

2011 Singapore Formula 1

Those three days I spent in Singapore were truly punishing. I was working solo, which meant I’d run alongside the track each session (to have some variety in my photos), rush back to the paddock for the interviews, and then write my various reports until 5am. According to my iPhone I clocked 20 chafing kilometres around the Marina Bay circuit. I’m pretty sure that was the hardest shoot I’ve ever done. But it was also the most satisfying.

I’m hoping to have a few days off over the Xmas break, and if that materialises then I’ll be sure to post some updates to my neglected blog.
Speedhunters: Behind the Scenes - Inside the Formula 1 Paddock
Speedhunters: Desktops - 2011 Singapore Grand Prix
Speedhunters: Event Coverage - 2011 Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying
Speedhunters: Event Coverage - 2011 Singapore Grand Prix Race Report

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  1. Deb December 17, 2011 12:41 pm

    It’s good to see you blogging again! :D

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