2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Singapore played host to the world’s first Formula 1 night race last weekend, and I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy it live at the Marina Bay circuit. I purchased the walk-about ticket a few months ago, which happened to be the cheapest one on sale. No regrets at all!
[Warning: Photo-loaded entry. Dial-ups may suffer.]

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

The historic race was eventually won by Renault’s Fernando Alonso, who started from 15th on the grid.

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That’s one of the Ferraris coming out of Turn 10. Turn 10 was one of the slower corners of the circuit.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

I shot mostly with a 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens, and since the entire track was fenced up, manual focusing was the order of the day.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

I bumped up my ISO (hence the noise), and even stepped down my exposure in order to get the best shutter speed. Totally maxed out the capabilities of my camera.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

That’s David Coulthard powering his way through in his Red Bull.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

The only other F1 race I had been to was Sepang, but I was never this close to the track, even though my ticket was pricier!

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

Nick Heidfeld in his BMW! Notice his left hand was off the steering wheel?

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

The Safety Car was deployed twice in the race, which had contributed a great deal to Fernando Alonso’s victory. He actually said after Saturday’s qualifying that his race was “over”. Who’d have thought he’d win it instead!

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

Two Red Bulls in action. Here it’s Mark Webber at the front.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima doing a three-wheeler at the kerb coming out of Turn 10.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

Lewis Hamilton also had one of his wheels bouncing off the ground at the same corner.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

A Toyota, taken with shutter speed of 1/640s and f2.8, at 92mm.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images

This one’s taken with the same shutter speed and aperture, at 200mm.

2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | Narrowband.org Images