It didn't seem too long ago in 2008 when Formula One™ was on the brink of entering its first night race; questions abounded, concerns were raised and excitement was high. How would the drivers and Formula One™ personnel cope with sticking to the European time zone while in Singapore? Would the lights be bright enough? What would the track be like?
Fast-forward several years later and these questions have been answered with the 2013 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
already in its sixth year, fresh off the back of a new 5-year contract renewal. Sticking to European timing has not been an issue to date with many looking forward to the change in the usual race weekend routine; they sleep in the wee hours of the morning, wake up in the afternoon, and go to work in the evening until late at night.
Visibility has never been an issue thus far either with 1,500 light projectors lighting up the entire track. The nature of the track itself, combined with Singapore's high heat and humidity, has gained a reputation for being a punishing street circuit that requires both man and machine to be at the very top of their game if they wish to make it across the chequered flag on Sunday night. Still, don't just take our word for it – during the post-race press conference last year, two-time Singapore Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel declared that while “this is one of the best races to win in terms of atmosphere”, he confessed that getting there was not easy, as “the circuit is a killer”.
Despite its relatively young age as a Grand Prix, the Singapore Grand Prix has already cemented itself as a must-visit race for both racing fans and Formula One™ personnel alike. Fernando Alonso, two-time winner in Singapore lists the Marina Bay Street Circuit as “one of the best tracks to drive, to enjoy”, while triple world champion Sebastian Vettel reckons that the night race in the city-state “feels like a real classic already”. Likewise, Finnish maverick and world champion Kimi Räikkönen – who still holds the fastest lap record in Singapore – feels that “Singapore represents one of the best new places we've got in the F1 calendar”.
In addition to the main Formula One™ sessions, racing fans can look forward to more racing action with the addition of the GP2 and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia support races this year. With the Singapore leg of the race calendar being one of the last few races for these two racing series, spectators are in for an intense and thrilling time as championship hopes are either furthered or shattered during the race weekend.
However, the fun to be had in Singapore is not just limited to the drivers and teams. A huge event like the Singapore Grand Prix does not suddenly become a success all on its own; its success is a result of the hard work put in by race promoters Singapore GP to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate the experience for spectators every year. Consequently, it is this very recognition of the spectators' importance that keeps a quarter of a million patrons coming back for more, year after year.
In line with believing in making the entire Singapore Grand Prix weekend an event where there is something for everyone, the race weekend (20 - 22 September) is jam-packed with activities and nightly concerts, including The Closing Concert on Monday (23 September). With lots of on-track racing to satisfy any adrenaline junkie, there are also world-class entertainment acts this year such as Rihanna, The Killers, BIGBANG, Tom Jones, Bob Geldof and Laura Mvula to kick the party atmosphere up a few hundred decibels over the 3-day race weekend, together with Justin Bieber and Owl City during The Closing Concert. In addition, there are a multitude of roving entertainment acts to ensure that the energy at the Marina Bay Street Circuit never wanes, and that the energy off-track matches up to that generated on-track.
Singapore GP has also ensured that there are ticket types to suit a wide range of spectators with different budgets and needs. From single-day Zone 4 tickets, to 3-day Pit Grandstand tickets, there is a price range to suit everyone. For companies looking to wow and make an impact on clients, the Singapore Grand Prix is a great event to do exactly that. The corporate suites provide spectacular views of the racing action, top-notch culinary offerings and supreme service standards to ensure that companies make the best impression on their guests. The Singapore Grand Prix isn't just a great place to have fun; it's also a great place to do business.
With just one ticket, patrons can have their fill of mouth-watering F&B offerings, world-renowned entertainment acts, and high-octane racing action. With so much to see and do, it's almost a race in itself to see who can make the most of out the loudest and most intense weekend of fun at the 2013 FORMULA 1 SINGTE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
For more information, please visit www.singaporegp.sg
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