GPDA Worried About Potential Rain at Singapore
The MotoGP season opener in Qatar was postponed and later rescheduled for the next day after the rain appeared at the Losail International Circuit during the installation lap. The organizers then decided to stop the race due to several complaints from the riders concerning the low visibility on track – as they argued the artificial lights reflecting on the wet surface would become dangerous.
Considering Formula 1 will also travel to Singapore for a night race this year – for the second time in series' history – the GPDA drivers are taking it upon themselves to make sure everything will go down smoothly in case rain decides to pay a visit to the Asian circuit.
“I haven't spoken to any of the riders, but probably before Singapore I will. It looks like those guys could not run at all. I was surprised, but they are like us. They will race if they can, and if they can't they won't,” confirmed the Australian driver ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
He also pointed out that, should it become dangerous to compete in the rain under artificial light, the FIA are unlikely to be able to reschedule the grand prix the very next day due to the busy schedule. The Japanese Grand Prix is scheduled only one week away from the Singapore round, in early October.
“The glare must have been very difficult and they are in a situation where they could go a day later, which was a nice luxury to have. I'm not sure we could do that in Singapore,” added Webber.