Fast & Furious in Singapore Day 2
Nagae and I bumped into Jenson Button at the hotel lobby when we came back after lunch.
The heat was punishing so we decided to hang out by the pool and while we were swimming under the water, we could hear the cars getting ready for the qualifying. We had to get ready really early as we were headed for the garage and pit tour.
Although it was a slow walk to the Paddock’s, we were hot and sweaty by the time we go suite. We didn’t even go into the suite and were whisked away to the garage tour.
During the garage tour briefing, the guide highlighted that the McLaren crew works on European time (because it’s a night race) and Conrad has supported them by extending the meal times to accommodate them (they get off at 3am when everyone is either asleep or partying the night away). Ample rest and good food is paramount to optimum performance for an intense sport like the Formula One.
It was impossible to hear anything except the revving sound of the car and somehow it appears to be music to the car enthusiastics. In my opinion it is the engines’ way of communicating with the engineers (this way they will know if the car can perform and last throughout the race).
Sadly, we can’t ask the cleaners to move (so that I can have a nice pic), we couldn’t do retakes as we were on a tight schedule.
When the garage tour ended, we climbed 3 flights of stairs back to the suite to get some A.C but we didn’t enter again. This time, it was for the ‘Pit Lane Walk’… what can I complain about??!! The ‘Pit Lane Walk’ does seem more attractive to me than nice cold air on my face and already wet dress.
By the time we got back to the Paddock’s suite, I was totally drained from the heat and the walk. We quickly settle down took a bite and listened fanvision to qualifying commentary.
I had some free time to go on the simulator and I enjoyed myself in it mainly because Max who is my personal coach was there to guide through the chicane and turns. I did pretty well this time round as compared to the first time I was in the simulator (2009 Hugo Boss event).
We were 30 minutes late for the Maroon 5 concert because of the long walk from the Paddock’s Club but I caught what I need to catch, Stereo Hearts, Payphone and She Will be Loved. That was enough to make my night the bestest night ever.
Here’s a clip for those who have missed the concert.
- Singapore Grand Prix 2012: drivers test the Marina Bay Street Circuit (oddstuffmagazine.com)
- Alonso’s title lead sheds 8 points in Singapore (inautonews.com)
- Hilton Honors Singapore Race Reporter Weekend Road Trip (scarbsf1.com)