Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Singapore Grand Prix: Points of Interest

This weekend brings us the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit. It is the first grand prix in Singapore and the first ever Formula One race at night. Here are the things I will be looking at this weekend:

1. Sebastien Bourdais. Now that we have confirmed the pace of Toro Rosso, I will be looking to see if Sebastien Bourdais can translate the car's speed into actual results. He has been a victim of some bad luck and some reliability issues. Nevertheless, given his experience on street circuits during his time in Champcar, Bourdais should perform well. I expect a points finish.

2. Attrition. Given we are at a new street circuit and the night conditions will be very unfamiliar to many of the drivers and given that there is a chance for rain, it will be interesting to see how many cars finish the race. I think there will be several safety car periods.

3. Heikki Kovalainen. Kovalainen has made a respectable transition to the McLaren team but one of the areas that seems to have dogged him is his performance on street circuits. His best finish this year on street circuits is 4th, which ties his career best finish on street circuits (Canada). So, I will be interested to see if he can raise his game on street circuits. Given now it is later in the season, he is more experienced and his car is arguable the best on the grid, Kovalainen needs to step up and least get a podium finish.

Bring on Friday practice!

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