Rahal Supports Night Grand Prix

A night time Formula One race, mooted for Malaysia, is feasible and could make conditions more bearable for drivers, Jaguar team boss Bobby Rahal has said.

Rahal Supports Night Grand Prix

A night time Formula One race, mooted for Malaysia, is feasible and could make conditions more bearable for drivers, Jaguar team boss Bobby Rahal has said.

Britain's Autosport magazine reported last week that the commercial organiser of the Malaysian Grand Prix had met Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone for preliminary discussions about the idea of running that race at night. Since Formula One cars do not have headlights, the ultra-modern 3.4 mile Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur's international airport would need to be fully floodlit to overcome safety fears.

No Formula One race has ever been held at night. Some drivers, such as Jaguar's Eddie Irvine, have branded the suggestion ridiculous. But Rahal - a former triple CART champion who has raced on ovals in the United States under floodlights - was more positive.

"Eddie didn't like that idea. I think it's possible, you just have to light it correctly," the American said after a Jaguar news conference about the proposal. "It would be a big, big project but anything's possible. it would certainly be a lot cooler."

Asked about the experience of driving under lights, Rahal said: "It's not that bad. It's a very special lighting and it doesn't cast shadows and things like that."

An International Automobile Federation (FIA) spokesman said that he was not aware of any discussion of the idea.

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