For just three nights every year, some of the world’s most revered Formula One racing drivers take to an elaborate street circuit in the heart of Singapore. Strapped into cars with turbocharged engines, they negotiate sharp turns at high speeds while battling it out for first place. The most dramatic race in the F1 calendar, this year’s Singapore Grand Prix takes place from September 20 to 22.
July 16, 2019
In the years since 2008’s first race, the roaring weekend has become one of Asia’s most coveted sporting events. Each year, about 250,000 spectators cheer on the high-speed action from the stands at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. But the Grand Prix is not just about top-notch motorsport: many legendary performers and celebrity chefs display their talents during the Grand Prix weekend, and this year will be no different.
Click on the different gates to explore the major points of interest on the Singapore circuit
It is nicknamed “the jewel in Formula One’s crown” – and for good reason. The Singapore Grand Prix made history by becoming the only full night race in the series, and its first street race in Asia. The event also has achieved a number of major milestones over the years.
Throughout more than 10 years of Singapore F1 history, only four racing drivers have claimed victory. The winners have real pedigree: all of them have been crowned F1 world champions. Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel had already claimed the F1 World Championship title before winning the Singapore F1, while Nico Rosberg became world champion the year he won in Singapore.
At last year’s Singapore F1, British racing driver Lewis Hamilton, under the 1,600 floodlights that lit up the Marina Bay Street Circuit, delivered one of the best laps of his life to take the pole position. The Mercedes driver’s extraordinary performance stunned the crowd and his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, who was tipped to be the most likely winner as his car was thought to be well suited to the track’s 23 slow and medium speed corners.
How did Hamilton manage this game-changing manoeuver? Watch this video and see it from his vantage point.
The Singapore Grand Prix has one of the longest running times in F1 history because of the street circuit’s highly challenging twists and turns. The track features 23 turns – the highest number of any race in the F1 series. Here are some fun facts about the circuit, the stories behind some of the stretches and bends, and a shocking scandal that took place at turn 17
Over the past decade, the race hasn’t been without controversy. In 2008, the infamous “Crashgate” took place, where racing driver Nelson Piquet Jnr and his Renault team were accused of deliberately crashing in order to help teammate Fernando Alonso get ahead.
Piquet’s crash at turn 17 caused a safety car to be deployed, which meant other drivers had to be pitted – except Alonso.
The Renault F1 team was disqualified for two years, while then-boss Flavio Briatore has been banned from motorsport indefinitely.
At the race weekend from September 20 to 22, expect to see lots of changes in equipment and rules involving drivers’ speed and safety. But it doesn’t mean the races will be any less thrilling.
From performances by pop and rock stars to Michelin-starred posh bites, the Singapore Grand Prix promises something for everyone. Go all-out with a luxury hospitality package. See more below
Fans looking to enhance their F1 experience can choose from plenty of hospitality options – think the Formula 1 Paddock Club, Sky Suite, Twenty3, The Green Room and [email protected] 3.
One of the highlights of this year’s hospitality offerings is the all-new Upper Deck. Positioned on the upper level of Boardwalk, an exclusive glass-encased facility within the Paddock Club – the Upper Deck boasts vantage points for the dramatic on-track racing action, while also offering a delectable line-up of haute cuisine in the comfort of the air-conditioned facility.
All Paddock Club guests can access bespoke specialty concept restaurants: one Michelin-starred Hind’s Head by chef Heston Blumenthal; globally renowned Japanese establishment NOBU; Rockpool by noted Australian chef Neil Perry; award-winning COMO Dempsey; desserts from Singapore’s Tarte by Cheryl Koh, and acclaimed bar, Stockton, by Maximal Concepts.
Guests can also indulge in specially curated activities such as a massage at the COMO Shambhala Spa, clairvoyant readings and exclusive entertainment at the Paddock Club stage.
Get ready for seven major acts, nine stages and over 100 hours of entertainment.
Top tip for music fans: for those hoping to catch every concert over the weekend and great views of the tracks, a ticket to The Cube is your answer. It grants access to an elevated viewing deck, which overlooks the Padang Stage where headline acts on each evening will perform.
Ticket holders can enjoy the race from viewing platforms through Zone 1 to 4 – plus free-flowing Taittinger Champagne, spirits, beer, soft drinks and canapes.
For an unforgettable weekend of trackside action and spectacular entertainment, tickets starting from SGD 98 are available for sale at singaporegp.sg and through all authorised ticketing partners.