Singaporeans love motor racing, then and now

Singaporeans love motor racing, then and now

The mathematics about it is mind-boggling.

The Marina Bay Street Circuit infrastructure has 2,600 concrete barriers, 1,500 lightning projectors, 57 power generators, 36 garages and 800,000 tonnes of team equipment.

The science behind it is beyond comprehension for many.

Each car that roared off on Sunday at the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix had 120 sensors, 3.8-litre turbocharged V8 engines, a system output of 916hp, maximum torque of 900Nm... all foreign to the ordinary man.

The economics of staging it brings tourist dollars by the millions - an average of $150 million in incremental receipts - to Singapore.

The chemistry between driver and pit officials is paramount.

Even removing and replacing four tyres in eight seconds at the pit stop can be considered a wee bit slow.

For the man on the street here, all these "subjects" matter little.

For him, Formula 1's only night race is about the skill of the driver, the condition of his car and the efficiency of his pit crew.

And about who leads, who overtakes and who greets the chequered flag first.

One name

So if Sunday's race has to be put in perspective, only one name mattered.

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