Lighting up the night
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN is ready to race into the night as the team heads to Singapore for the first race in Marina Bay since 2019. The Singapore Grand Prix, the 17th race of the 2022 season, opens the Asian back-to-back that will see the team also compete in Japan before the final forays in the Americas and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Singapore holds a special place in the imagination of Formula One fans: it was the original night race, the first time F1 cars would dazzle under the floodlights, regaling us with pictures of the shiny machines blasting past Raffles Boulevard and breath-taking aerial shots of the lit up city. It was one of the first, authentic destination races, in which the city is as much part of the show as the action on track: the Little Red Dot, with its inspiring looks, proud history and vision for the future, is the perfect backdrop for racing and a metaphor for F1 itself. In just a short time – the first race was held here in 2008 – Singapore has established itself as a Formula One classic, earning its place in the calendar after historical Monza, only with the foul-smelling durian fruit replacing pineapple (on pizza) as the event bogeyman (bogeyfruit?).
Singapore is a special race for the world of Formula One, too. It’s a peculiar one, a race in which to juggle European times on South-East Asian soil; a race of late wake-ups, even later bed times, heat and humidity. But far from being displeasing, these elements all make Singapore a race like no other: you haven’t really fully been in the sport unless you have a fun Singapore story to share.
There’s a lot at stake on this race, on and off the track: the team approaches with serenity and determination, following on a solid performance in Monza that saw points coming home to Hinwil; and on the announcement of the completion of our line-up for 2023, a statement of continuity and belief in our project and its main actors.
Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN approaches Singapore with confidence and expectation: in a place like no other, in a race like no other, we’re ready to shine under the lights.