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With so much media attention prior to the Singapore Grand Prix there was some apprehension about whether or not the first Formula 1 night race would live up to all the hype. After the processional Valencian Grand Prix a few weeks ago there were fears that the Marina Bay circuit would produce another underwhelming two hours of racing ‘entertainment’, thanks to a bumpy track surface which only got worse off-line, meaning that overtaking opportunities were few and far between. Thanks to Nelson Piquet, however, an early safety car turned the race on its head and made it a memorable affair. Having driven a near-perfect Q3 lap, Felipe Massa took pole with Lewis Hamilton completing the front row, over half a second slower than the Ferrari driver. The scene was set for a great battle the next day as both the main title contenders went head-to-head around the five-kilometre circuit. Massa pulled away in the opening stages and Hamilton had no answer to his speed, dropping slowly further back in second place. Kimi Räikkönen, having qualified third, couldn’t match his team-mate’s speed either and fell four to five seconds behind Hamilton, before starting to catch him.