The Singapore Marina Bay circuit is the venue for the Formula One Season’s first and only night race. Since 2008, Singapore has seen lots of successfully organised races. Although it emerged in 2009 that the race in 2008 had suffered from match-fixing (Nelson Piquet Jr was told to crash his car on purpose), this did not affect the subsequent race in 2009, which saw less accidents and was free of controversy. Also, the narrow street circuit was tweaked to encourage overtaking and prevent accidents of the previous year from happening. The 2008 race was won by Fernando Alonso, then at Renault. Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag in 2009 for Team McLaren-Mercedes.
The inaugural race in 2008 was a sell-out, with all 110 000 tickets sold by race day. Response was somewhat lower in 2009, perhaps because the novelty factor had worn off. The previous editions of the race have received many rave reviews, especially with regards to corporate customer experience and hospitality offerings.
For the 2010 edition, while tickets prices have remained similar to the year before, there will be enhanced hospitality packages and more flexible guest experiences. VIPs and corporate spectators can now look forward to improved food & beverage lists, upgraded facilities at the exclusive Paddock Club, Sky Club and other suites. The 2019 race will be held on 20, 21 and 22 September 2019.
Besides the roaring engines of 300km/h race cars, sounds of tyres screeching and smell of burnt rubber, spectators will be entertained by a host of activities and events held before and after the day’s practice, qualifying or race sessions. Expect musical performances, rock concerts, internationally-renowed DJs spicing up the Marina Bay area! Grab your tickets today for an entertainment extravaganza! All you need to know about ticket prices and sales outlets at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix website.
Great Spots to Catch the Race for Free
For those who are unable to purchase tickets or part with your money, fret not, as there are ways and means you can catch a glimpse of the action around the circuit. Any decent sports bar in the city will telecast the race live. This way, you can enjoy the commentary and statistics on television while comfortably seated with a drink. In fact, other than the roaring engines, you will not be missing much.
Marina Square Shopping Centre is located right in the middle of all the action, with the street circuit running around the building. There are several outdoor areas that provide a decent enough vantage point. Good spots would be the outdoor seating just outside the Marina Food Court on the 4th floor and the bridge connecting Marina Square to Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel. Another good area would be the small bridge connecting Marina Square to Millenia Walk shopping mall.
If you are planning a trip in advance to Singapore during this period, you might want to consider a hotel located in and around the street circuit. The Ritz-Carlton, Swissotel the Stamford, Pan Pacific Singapore, The Fullerton, Marina Mandarin and Mandarin Oriental have rooms that overlook the F1 race course. Seeing the cars zoom along the circuit from your hotel room while keeping up with the action and commentary on television is another great alternative. However, these hotels tend to be snapped up for corporate bookings during this period, which means the earlier you book, the better!