Mark Webber often doesn’t get to say much to the media other than things like “it’s not bl**dy good enough” when his car fails to finish almost every race. However, he recently made a very smart and constructive comment regarding holding an F1 race at night.
He raised the question of safety when it rains at night. I must admit, that’s something we didn’t even think of – and we love to be the devil’s advocate
It has never been done before, so how do we know? … I have raced a sports car in Le Mans so I have driven at night – even in wet conditions – and that was fine.
But what we don’t know is a situation where a massive amount of lighting is being beamed onto the circuit through rain and spray. So the lights are above the spray- we are under the spray – how does that work for us? We think that this creates a difficult situation – we think, but we don’t know.
A Grand Prix held in dry, perfect conditions and if the track is lit up like daytime, maybe the event could run well. But there is the million dollar question that we don’t know – what happens if it rains?
This is the sort of thing we want to hear come out of Mark’s mouth. Too many times we only hear his frustrations (which are valid but…). So good job Mark!