Singapore is ready to steal the spotlight as the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix returns to the city later this year. This is the world’s only full night race on the Formula 1 calendar, and race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd has already set the scene for the absolutely sensational blockbuster event to be held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from 20–22 September 2019.
This special Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the most incredible international sporting spectacles to take place each year, and it’s one you shouldn’t miss, especially in 2019. Singapore has successfully hosted a decade of night racing — it’s been Asia’s only street race on the Formula 1 itinerary since 2008 — and it’s expected that the annual event will continue to enthral crowds with its unique combination of night race action and world-class entertainment until 2021.
Here are just some of the reasons why it should be on your list of must-attend events this year.
The city will take centre stage under a blaze of lights as the world’s finest drivers go wheel-to-wheel, at speeds of up to 320km/h, threading the barriers around Singapore’s picturesque Marina Bay. A spectacular backdrop of iconic heritage buildings, modern architecture and a stunning skyline will be draped in lights to create an ethereal race unlike any other. It’s difficult to imagine a more vibrant, Instagram-worthy backdrop than the brilliance of the skyline lit up by 1,600 powerful floodlights.
An Exhilarating Race
“There is something about night races, which makes them just different. Visibility is still the same, but you just see the sparks that come off the car better and it really is a good atmosphere in Singapore,” according to Daniel Ricciardo, a Formula 1 driver for the Renault Sport F1 Team.
For the drivers, the track itself is a huge challenge with a busy 5.063-km lap, including 23 corners and few places to catch your breath amongst the concrete barriers.
“The track is really impressive with some technical parts and some classic street circuit ‘ninety degree’ turns. There are a few decent straights, but it is mainly busy, busy, busy for us, with corner after corner. Going over landmarks like the (Anderson) Bridge and down the Raffles Boulevard make for a fantastic sight from both the cockpit and also for the TV viewers,” says Romain Grosjean, Formula 1 driver for the Haas F1 Team.
For its 12th edition, Singapore GP and its affiliate, Lushington Entertainments, are presenting a stellar entertainment line-up for the Formula 1 night race. A selection of the world’s best musical artists, some of whom are performing in Singapore for the very first time, are scheduled to appear at this electrifying extravaganza. These include some of the hottest acts from the international music scene: Swedish House Mafia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim, Muse, Toots and the Maytals, Larkin Poe and many more.
With so much music for the soul, it’s only natural that there will be an exciting array of food for the soul, as well. Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal will be cooking at the Singapore Formula 1 Paddock Club; joining him are NOBU at The Boardwalk, Rockpool by Neil Perry, COMO Cuisine in Partnership with Culina, Tarte by Cheryl Koh and Stockton Bar by Maximal Concepts.
With such thrilling experiences on offer, there’s no doubt that it’s going to be an exciting September, so make sure you’re ready to catch all the action and experience life in the fast lane — literally.
General tickets to the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 start from SG$98 for a single-day ticket and SG$278 for a three-day ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.singaporegp.sg. Tickets are also available via the hotline +65 6738 6738 and from authorised ticketing agents. Patrons will be able to catch the musical performances at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with a valid ticket for the relevant zones. The artist line-up and performance times are subject to change.