Bernie Ecclestone announced today that the season finale at the new Yas Marina Island circuit will be F1’s first ever day/night race, starting at twilight and ending in the dark.
This seems to me like a really good idea and I must say that when I came away from Singapore last year I felt that this was what they should have done there.
The reason is that with a full night race, on TV you get no sense of the surrounding space. Singapore track was surrounded by water, for example, but you had no idea of that from the TV pictures.
Starting the race in twilight allows you to show the buildings and surroundings really well and then focus in on the action under floodlights.
“Yas Marina Circuit has been built from the outset to host day and night-time activities,” said Richard Cregan, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management. “Staging Formula 1’s first ever day/night race offers us the unique opportunity to demonstrate the circuit’s inbuilt flexibility and state-of-the-art facilities. It has always been our intention to showcase to the world this spectacular venue and this decision allows just that opportunity.”
The lights will be on from the start of the race. They will give out the equivalent amount of light as 130 premiership football pitches.