Drivers dislike “twilight” races

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Twilight F1
In an ever growing chorus of concern, the F1 drivers are unanimous in their dislike of F1 races held in the late afternoon. The effort to make the Grand Prix more palatable for European viewers, Bernie Ecclestone has asked Australia and this weeks race in Sepang to be held in the late afternoon. The long shadows, rapidly cooling tracks and low sun has made it a unique experience for the drivers and some feel it is dangerous. Especially if there is overcast and rain which is predicted for this weekends race:

“If the monsoon comes down, the race is going to have to be stopped because we can’t race and drive with that amount of water,” Rosberg told Reuters.

“I think twilight racing is not the way to go. In Melbourne it was obvious that it just increases the danger so much.

“The visibility is so difficult, you can’t even see the edges of the track in some corners. I was driving into the sun and that’s not what racing is about. So I really hope they reconsider that.

“Even moving it forward by one hour or something will help us massively. It was just the last part of the race that was the really problematic time.”

Fernando Alonso is no fan either. He was quoted in the Guardian but the interesting thing, read prophetic, is that the Guardian already has Alonso driving for Ferrari. Who knew? Woops…darn typos. Well, we know where the Guardian thinks Alonso should be.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso found the glare from the low-setting sun problematic during the late afternoon practice sessions at Melbourne and Rosberg agrees. “In Melbourne it was obvious that it just increases the danger so much. The visibility is so difficult, you can’t even see the edges of the track in some corners. I was driving into the sun and that’s not what racing is about. So I really hope they reconsider that.

“Even moving it forward by one hour or something will help us massively. It was just the last part of the race that was the really problematic time.”

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