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Latest update : 2008-09-27

Several Formula one drivers have praised the design of the Singapore circuit, where the country's inaugural grand prix will take place this weekend. They will race down the city's floodlit streets at night time.

SINGAPORE - Singapore's street circuit for this weekend's inaugural nighttime Formula One grand prix received the green light from a host of drivers on Thursday.

 

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton and McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen along with Red Bull's David Coulthard and Mark Webber all endorsed the city-state's circuit and said they were eager to get cracking on the 5.067 kilometre track.

 

"It looks as though they have done a really good job," Australian Webber told reporters.

 

"I had thought there might be some bumpier sections because there is some reclaimed land but it looks great.

 

"I think the visibility looks like it is going to be really good .... the most exciting thing for me is (racing under) the lights. It is going to look spectacular."

 

Coulthard agreed. "The track looks well groomed," he smiled. "I am looking forward to getting out there."

 

Finn Kovalainen was also full of praise.

 

"I think it looks great," he said of the steel barrier-lined circuit. "I ran it on Tuesday night when I got in."

 

"I think it will be an exciting race. It looks like there is room to overtake people. It should be a spectacular evening .... and one which we are not used to."

 

Briton Hamilton, who leads the standings with 78 points to Ferrari driver Felipe Massa's 77, agreed with Kovalainen's analysis.

 

"There is definitely room to overtake," he nodded.

 

"We are going to be driving at 200 miles per hour at night with lights flashing in our eyes. That is what I am looking forward to the most."

Date created : 2008-09-26