I like the racetrack itself. It’s got some really good corners, but the lack of any kind of backdrop apart from some painted run off areas, makes it look very bland, so having it as a night race might make it look better on tv at least.
Hmm, well as Bahrain is about 3-4 hours ahead of the EU/UK, and I remember it being an 11am start til now (afternoon to dusk in Bahrain).. Sounds like it’ll be moving towards mid-late afternoon in the UK/EU? 8pm start time perhaps? What time does Singapore get going? Also, this will be better for the US market, but worse for Asia (midnight race there). US East coast midday, US West coast say 8am start, more watchable than middle of the night. I saw a pic recently of a reporter there who tweeted the lights that have been put up already!
“I like the racetrack itself. It’s got some really good corners, but the lack of any kind of backdrop apart from some painted run off areas, makes it look very bland, so having it as a night race might make it look better on tv at least.”
I agree about it looking bland, but at least it has a different colour pallet, which we probably won’t be able to appreciate in the dark, therefore somehow making it even more homogeneous.
Despite the lack of backdrop, I really like the pictures we get from Bahrain. I’m probably one of a few who like the track, and the 2013 race was one of the better races of a poor season. Having a night race is certainly… different (I saw somewhere that it was going to be a twilight race). I’m looking forward to seeing it anyway. Hopefully the racing is good too.
@deej92 I’m one of the few that likes the track itself too. It’s got some good elevation changes and that, but I’m not a fan of the surrounding areas. I feel like the lights might give it some atmosphere. Of course, I could be completely wrong, which has happened once or twice before.
I’ll look in on the WEC race tomorrow live.fiawec.com
(12 noon to 6pm UK time; 1500-2100 local), see how it looks under the new floodlights at different times of day, and which would be best for a Grand Prix.
If they’re moving it to a suitable time for American viewers, I guess it will a be a lot later, so a night race rather than a twilight one.
F1 cars look amazing under lights, but maybe it needs to be a street circuit for extra atmosphere – the Qatar MotoGP looks like they’re racing on the moon!
I thought I’d point out that the Bahrain Grand Prix next year will be the 900th F1 race in history (assuming no other races are put before it in the final calendar). Coincidentally the 800th race was the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, which of course was F1’s first night race.