Singapore Grand Prix: Historic and Spectacular

Francois GendronSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2008

Bernie Ecclestone isn't one of my all-time favorite people. The way he rules his Formula One circus can be debated on many fronts.

But I have to admit today, after watching the qualifying session, that his daring idea of running a race under the spotlights during the night will be a total success once the weekend is over.

The images coming from Singapore are simply spectacular and memorable. The lighting for the pilots is safe and adequate and is giving the fans something to cheer about. The city's infrastructure around the circuit is giving us some great pictures.

The stands all around the circuit were filled to capacity for this qualifying session, and a record television attendance is expected. The success of the event is undeniable. The experience will be repeated for next season.

As for the qualifying session itself, Felipe Massa was once again the fastest of the group. His Ferrari was just over a half second faster than Lewis Hamilton's McLaren. Hamilton almost missed Q3 when he was relegated to the 10th position during the second portion of the qualifying session.

Kimi Raikkonen stayed under the radar, but managed to qualify in third place, while the previous race winner, Sebastian Vettel, once again placed his Toro Rosso in the top 10. Speaking of underdogs, I have to mention that both Williams, driven by Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima, also managed to qualify into the top 10 with spots No. 9 and 10, respectively.

I cannot wait for the start of the race. It should give a great spectacle to the Formula One fans.

Singapore Grand Prix top 10 on the grid:

Pole: Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:44.801
2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1:45.465
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:45.617
4. Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber) 1:45.779
5. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) 1:45.873
6. Nick Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) 1:45.964
7. Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) 1:46.244
8. Timo Glock (Toyota) 1:46.328
9. Nico Rosberg (Williams) 1:46.611
10. Kazuki Nakajima (Williams) 1:47.547

(Picture: Felipe Massa, Bridgestone.)