Your cheatsheet to the Singapore Grand Prix
Gear up for hot wheels and high-octane action at one of Singapore’s largest and grandest annual events. The Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2016 (16-18 September) attracts over 250,000 spectators during the three-day event and features a jam-packed schedule of entertainment options to suit one and all.
These useful insider tips can get you the best views, put you closer to the action and help you make the most out of your Formula 1 weekend experience.
Be strategic about your vantage point
There are plenty of hotels close to the action in Singapore – by that we mean skyscrapers that allow you to see the race from your room. What better than watching a bird’s eye view of the action? You don’t have to jostle with large crowds, you get to enjoy the luxury of room service, and best of all – you don’t have to pay for tickets!
Comprising 73 floors in total, the Swissotel The Stamford is located right by Turn 9 of the Formula 1 circuit, and affords unparalleled views of the race. The 37-storey Pan Pacific hotel is another popular choice amongst fans, due to its convenient location near the more popular seats, the main Grandstand and the Paddock Club.
Don’t forget the after-parties
Soak in the glitz and glamour of the world’s only Formula 1 night race by partying the evening away at the swankiest afterparties in town. Located right next to the swanky Conrad Centennial is Amber Lounge, one of the most sought-after venues.
If you’d like to party where you stay, look no further than the 32-storey high Ritz-Carlton Millenia, which not only offers spectacular views of Marina Bay – it’s also where the Podium Lounge party is. Expect to see more than a few famous faces when you hit this glitzy venue post-race.
If you’re worried about road closures and are looking for something a little further out from epicentre of the race – but with just as much pump – head to Zouk, one of Singapore’s oldest and most iconic night clubs (17 Jiak Kim Street) for a pumping night with guest DJs. The club is conveniently situated next to the beautiful Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, so you’ll have somewhere close by to rest your feet after.
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Choose the right tickets
Ticket prices can vary depending on what you want to experience, so if you’re not keen to part with thousands of dollars for premium seats, there are alternatives that can see you enjoy the race for a fraction of the price. The Premier Walkabout tickets ($498), for example, provide access to all event zones and concerts over the weekend.
Plan your routes
Crowds abound at the Formula 1 race, so it pays to have a plan about your routes. The track features 23 corners – the most of any circuit – so make sure you have a copy of the track map for race day. Also, refer to this handy guide to see how to get to specific areas by public transport.
Score a great spot at the concerts
It’s not only about racing at the Singapore Grand Prix. Each year, the entertainment includes a stellar line-up of performers and concerts, with headliners this year including Kylie Minogue, Queen and Adam Lambert, Imagine Dragons and Bastille.
The track beckons
The action doesn’t end after the race. On Sunday night, after the chequered flag has been waved, look up to the sky for an awe-inspiring fireworks display. Zone 1 ticket holders will also be given access to the track where they can mingle with the crowd and cheer for the winners.
Don’t wait any longer
With the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2016 happening in just a few short weeks, there’s no better time than now to start planning your visit. Make your trip count with these tips, and don’t forget to secure your ideal accommodation in Singapore before they sell out. Enjoy!