The Singapore Grand Prix is one of just two night races in Formula 1, meaning that the F1 paddock must adjust their timings to take this into account. Ordinarily, this leaves drivers going to bed at 6am and getting up in the middle of the afternoon – it’s like going back to college!
For FP1 though, there is still some daylight in Singapore, making the session less representative of the conditions we see during qualifying and the race. Nevertheless, it should give us some kind of idea of the pecking order for the race around the city streets, which is one of the most demanding on the calendar.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.