Grand Prix enthusiasts, start your engine. This already bustling island is about to get more lit with the Singapore Grand Prix from 13 to 22 September 2019!
We all know how exhilarating the Singapore Grand Prix can be, but it can also be equally overwhelming with the sheer amount of things to watch, hear, see and do. Avenue One gives you the lowdown on everything you need to know about this year’s Singapore Grand Prix so you can confidently race to the tracks and make the most out of this iconic experience.
1. On Track Races
Making history way back in 2008 as the first street race in Asia and the first night race in Formula 1 (F1) history, the Singapore Grand Prix consists of some of the world’s most revered F1 drivers taking to an elaborate street circuit that consists of a whopping 61 laps. In the glitziest and most dramatic race, sharp turns are negotiated while battling it out for first place.
2018 saw Lewis Hamilton emerging easily as the champion but with the race contract extended in Singapore till 2021, anything can happen in this year’s race!
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For motorcar enthusiasts, there are also other Support Races you can look forward to besides the F1 itself such as the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific featuring the Ferrari 488 Challenge EVOs, and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia where you can catch a glimpse of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars.
Catch the high-octane action featuring your favorite cars battling it out here.
With the massive Circuit Park, the best way to become oriented is to familiarise yourself with the map. The precinct has been sectioned off into five zones (including a restricted Paddock zone for exclusive Paddock Club patrons).
Zone one includes the area behind the main pit – great food options await here at Market Street and The Wharf Stage. We’re talking ultra-hip and modern industrial containers offering delectable culinary delights, airbrush tattoos, games and other exciting activities!
Zone two has the paddocks for the Support Races. Head to Zone three if you’re looking to pick up some merchandise, dance the night away or chill out with a cold drink at the bars and restaurants at the undercroft of Bay Grandstand.
Zone four is where activities galore is. At Pitstop @ Empress Lawn located in the historical and cultural Civic District, enjoy specially curated experiences like drum clinics, challenge one another in larger than life games or turn your skin into a work of art with Body Marbling or Airbrush Tattoo services. Enjoy the final area, the restricted paddock zone if you’ve splurged on a Paddock Club ticket!
2. Entertainment Line-up
The F1 has always been so much more than just a race and it’s no surprise that many attend this event solely for the lineup of stellar performances that every race night ends with.
For its 12th edition this year, expect a legendary line-up including massive stars like Gwen Stefani, EDM Powerhouse Swedish House Mafia, rock stars Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse, and Hans Zimmer, the man behind orchestral masterpieces such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the Dark Knight trilogy and more.
There are plenty of other performances scheduled from big names to indie artists so there’s definitely one for every type of music enthusiast! Check out the full artist line-up here.
3. F&B Options
What is any Singapore event without an array of food options? Especially for a high-energy event like the Singapore Grand Prix, food is a must to refuel and push on in the heat and crowd. Look to Market Street (Zone one), Uptown Village under the Bay Grandstand (Zone three) and Portside Hawkers and Dockside Hawkers (Zone four) for food. There are also Halal and Vegetarian options available!
Restaurants here are definitely bringing their A-games to the race, such as LeVel33, the world’s highest microbrewery. Besides the house-brewed beers and house wines, LeVel33 has one of the best vantage points to take in the F1 sights and sounds.
The gastronomic line-up for Paddock Club truly takes it to the next level.
Astounding signature haute cuisine at bespoke concept restaurants helmed by renowned celebrity chefs such as the acclaimed Heston Blumenthal in his Singapore debut here with Michelin-Starred The Hind’s Head and Nobu by award-winning Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, are definitely a treat. It’s a worthy upgrade for sure, if you’re considering Paddock Club!
More details here.
4. Best Views
Everyone knows the secret to a great view during the F1 Grand Prix without the deafening noises is to cozy up in a hotel room in the vicinity and enjoy the show from the comfort of your room. While there are some great hotel options nearby that allow you the view, such as The Ritz Carlton Millenia and The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, these get snapped up pretty quickly once it’s F1 season.
The Upper Deck presents an exquisitely exhilarating experience for guests who will enjoy an unobstructed view of all the on-track race action whilst indulging in a delectable line-up of haute cuisine such as The Hind’s Head. Similarly, The Cube is a 92sqm open-air terrace with prime VIP views of the star-studded concerts and the best views imaginable of the Padang.
5. Hottest Precinct Parties
Party people, put your hands up for these race-themed parties infused with a more local flavour at four different locations in Singapore for the first time!
Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Kampong Glam and Jewel Changi Airport will come to life with a curated line-up of activities to offer visitors a taste of the night race as well as to celebrate the unique offerings of each location.
Head to Kampong Glam to immerse yourself in local music during an exciting showdown between Singapore’s best buskers in the Glam Voice! competition. Nightlife seekers can head to Clarke Quay for a fix of after-parties, with bars and clubs offering themed parties and attractive promotions.
It’s all about the kids over at Jewel Changi Airport, for children-friendly activities that include virtual reality and remote-control racing games perfect for families! At Orchard Road, it’s a haven for motoring enthusiasts who can take part in the Festival of Speed, where you can get on a go-kart and compete against fellow enthusiasts in the Grange Road carpark. The shopping belt will also come alive with live performances on the rooftop of Design Orchard!
6. Virtual Reality Experience
Want to see the F1 Action in a whole new dimension? Three exclusive virtual reality (VR) experiences have been created to bring Singaporeans even closer to the action.
Under the ‘F1 Power Up’ community series, this complimentary fan-friendly activity allows you to try out free race simulators. You can choose to race around the Marina Bay Street Circuit on board Formula 1 driver, Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing, go on a guided tour behind-the-scenes, or explore the massive Circuit Park – all in 360˚ without breaking a sweat!
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