The Caterham F1 Team is bracing itself for the Singapore Grand Prix. Why? Because the
Marina Bay Street Circuit is notoriously bumpy and places a tremendous strain on both
man and machine. It consists of four high-speed stretches, seven low speed turns, and
three excellent overtaking spots. The race runs counter-clockwise for sixty-one laps of
5.073km, totalling 309.316km. That makes it one of the longest races on the calender.
Furthermore, temperatures in Singapore often rocket to 30oC – even at night – and the air
can feel thin. This places further strain of the drivers. Remarkably, the Caterham F1 Team
must take on this challenge in darkness. In Singapore, you see, the big boys race at night.
The Caterham F1 Team is hoping to replicate its success from the last race in Italy.
Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov qualified eighteenth and nineteenth, after all, so they
were almost fast enough to participate in the second part of qualifying. That would have
represented progress. Furthermore, both men moved forward throughout the race to finish
fourteenth and fifteenth respectively. Granted, the team benefited from the retirement of its
rivals - but nonetheless proved itself capable of exploiting the mistakes and misfortune of
others. That is the name of the game in sport. The Singapore Grand Prix will be shown live
on the BBC, so perhaps we will see Caterham F1 pick-up its first points. Watch this space.
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 21 Sep 2012