Setting the scene for Singapore

Setting the scene for Singapore

Singapore is hoping to earn its place as one of Formula 1's essential events. Edd Straw reports on life under lights as the city prepares to host its third world championship grand prix

Welcome to Singapore - you've just crossed over into The Twilight Zone. There's no need to change your watch from European time when you land at Changi Airport as for one week only, Formula 1 creates its own nocturnal time zone. Get up at midday, or even later, and turn in around 6am – it sounds like a party-goer's charter, but it's necessity with the race not starting until 8pm on Sunday and track action taking place at the usual time for European audiences.

It doesn't take long to get used to seeing the sun for only a few hours a day, with the rest of your existence spent bathed in the glow of artificial lights - and getting irritated that the restaurants are mostly shut at 3am. It gives the whole race weekend something of an other-worldly feel and this faintly surreal existence works well despite the grand prix circus being completely out of synch with those around it. People accuse F1 of living in a bubble; well, in Singapore, it's a time bubble.

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