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Next race: September 27, 2015

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Suzuka Circuit, JP

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39˚ 101˚ CURRENT
14:00 LOCAL TIME
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FIRST F1 GRAND PRIX: 1976
FIRST GP AT SUZUKA: 1987
NUMBER OF LAPS: 53
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 5.807km
RACE DISTANCE: 307.471km

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Spy Sees through the Murk

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Hello everyone, Spy here, reporting from the murk that shrouds Singapore. Actually it’s not as bad as people are making out, the visibility seems fine. Apparently it was pretty bad at the start of the week, the annual burning of fields on Borneo and Sumatra making Singapore look like the backlot of a Sherlock Holmes movie – but honestly, if people hadn’t been banging on about it, I doubt Spy would have noticed. Still, no complaints today. With Dany sitting pretty at the top of the time sheet and nothing on the car exploding at all it’s like the glory days all over again.

Singapore is a difficult race for Spy because there's very little to complain about. Everything works. Not for Marina Bay the usual fight to get power to the garage and access to the freight and the 100 other little battles that tend to characterise the pre-race build up at most venues. OK, you're baking in the heat and soaking in the humidity and crammed into a garage the size of an unambitious thimble but the sheer efficiency of the whole operation actually makes it... well... good.

While the superpowers of F1 discuss engine regulations (or lack thereof), down here on the shopfloor the talk is still all about next year's calendar, or, more specifically, the lack of a summer break. One of the options rumoured to be in the offing is that we can reclaim the shutdown in exchange for a back-to-back-to-back triple header of flyaways to end the season instead – which is like asking Bernie to not punch you on the nose and him cheerfully agreeing to knee you in the nether regions instead. It's perfectly possible to do three flyaways in a row, of course, but remembering how cheerful and energetic everyone isn't after two weeks in the garage, the prospect of three has everyone doing the thousand yard stare at the moment.

Of course there are those in the paddock who think the summer break is a waste of time anyway. One happy, young millionaire driver from a rival organisation cheerfully explained to the press that he hopes it goes away because he gets bored in the summer. His crew – ie the ones who don't fly home on the chartered jet to their Swiss villa – will probably set him straight. If you see car driving erratically (alright, more erratically than usual) because a reticulated python has accidentally been left in the footwell, you'll know why.

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