Singapore skylineIt’s been confirmed that as of next year, Formula One will be hosting a night race in Singapore - should make for interesting viewing, and will also mean the race is televised at a reasonable hour for us fans watching in Europe.

While I think it’s important that the sport continues to strive forward, to new places and introducing new ideas, I also think that the safety of spectators and drivers should be of paramount importance. To that end, it’s surely sensible to have to test this new format of F1 racing - presumably by lighting a track with the same equipment that’s being proposed for Singapore and then letting some of the cars loose on it.

In the grand scheme of things, there’s not a huge amount of time to be worrying about this kind of thing as the teams are all busy with the current season before heading into a testing ban which will take up a fair bit of the winter break, so any proposed tests would have to be put in place fairly soon.

The powers-that-be say that if there’s any safety issues at all then they will switch to the usual daytime running order, so we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires over the coming weeks and months.

You can read more about the news of the night race on the excellent BlogF1.

Closer to home, Michael Schumacher is attending the Spanish GP in Barcelona this weekend, his first visit to a Grand Prix meeting since his retirement at the end of last season. Judging from this pic, he is already in practice for the Singapore night race by dressing in the dark this week…

Michael Schumacher at the Spanish Grand Prix

Again, there are more pictures of Michael from over the Spanish GP weekend on BlogF1 - this time in somewhat more conventional team clothing, which perhaps he should stick to in future!