Singapore’s busiest and (arguably) best event is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! That’s right girls: time to rev those engines and kick the action into high gear because the Singapore Grand Prix is rolling back into town! Bringing with it a slew of fast cars, show-stopping entertainment, famous faces and fabulous parties: this year’s GP is set to be bigger and better than ever! So don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the burning rubber or the deafening tire screeches because we’ve got the lowdown on where to catch all the action. From the best gigs and top spectating spots to delicious dining and the most glamourous parties in town, we’ve got you sorted with our ultimate guide to the Singapore GP.
Any guide to the Singapore GP would be remiss not to mention the race itself! Taking place from the 19 to 21 September , on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the 61-lap Singapore GP was first held in 1966. It’s been held 14 times here in the Lion City and was the first street circuit in Asia, with the first ever nighttime race held in 2008. Taking almost two hours, the Singapore GP is the longest race on the F1 calendar, which means plenty of time to enjoy all fun in The Circuit Park.
The event begins with three practice races before the qualifying race at 9pm on 20 September when 22 cars will be whittled down to the top 10 and finally the Grand Prix main race is held on 21 September at 8pm (phew!)
With 11 teams and two drivers per team, there will be plenty of action as Sebastian Vettel returns after his win last year with teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team. Other familiar faces are Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg with Mercedes AMG Petronas, Jenson Button with Mclaren Mercedes, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen for Scuderia Ferrari, Felipe Massa with Williams Martini Racing and Kamui Kobayashi with Caterham F1 Team.
Marking Singapore Airline’s first year as title sponsor, a brand new 5kg trophy has been designed and hand-crafted by local creative agency TBWA and jewellery brand RISIS. This 24-karat gold plated trophy takes inspiration from and celebrates the innovation, technology and precision of the world’s biggest motor racing sport.
Jumping all around the globe from Melbourne to Monte Carlo, Shanghai to Sao Paolo, the Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of the most exhilarating sports race in the world, with drivers vying to gain the most points from all the races to win the championship at the end of the season.
Not only limited to the roar of the engines, spectators will be treated to an amazing line-up of international superstars such as J Lo, Robbie Williams, John Legend, Ziggy Marley, Mayday, Pet Shop Boys and more, as well as local musical and artistic talent, making the Circuit Park a buzzing hive of entertainment. With no less than nine stages and a total of 49 acts from 20 different countries; musicians, magicians, roving performers, live theatre and more, this year’s off-track entertainment is set to be the biggest programme ever! Aside from gearing ourselves up for Jenny from the Block and swooning after John Legend, we are particularly excited about catching blues legend Seasick Steve and the incredible works from body painters Cuerpos Pintados. The Circuit Park will be open from 3pm-12.30am daily so ticket holders can enjoy all the action both on and off-track throughout the day.
With single day walkabout tickets starting from $158 and three-day Grandstand tickets starting from $298, there are still plenty of tickets available and you can still buy yours by clicking here!
Saturday Walkabout Ticket – $158
With access to Zone 4, the walkabout tickets are a fantastic opportunity to catch all the challenging twists and turns of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, including Esplanade Drive and Raffles Avenue. Head over to the Padang Stage to enjoy the amazing headline acts and fabulous daily entertainment. Make sure you refuel at the delicious Hawker Village where there’ll be scrummy bites from all around the globe!
Premier Walkabout Ticket – $498
Enjoy access to all four zones with the Premier Walkabout ticket. Explore the first and final set of corners, check out the pit lane entry as well as all the entertainment, food and drinks across the entire circuit park over the course of three days. From Padang Stage in Zone 4 to the Trispan Lifestyle Marquee in Zone 1, this ticket will give you roaming access to fully immerse yourself in the exciting GP atmosphere.
Pit Grandstand Ticket – $1288
For the real racing fanatics, these seats are in prime position to catch the nail-biting action along the Pit Straight. With unobstructed views of the Pit Lane, starting grid, finish line and team garages, this is where the race really thrills! Giving you roving access to all the zones, you’ll be perfectly situated to watch the exhilarating finish, join in the trackside celebrations, watch the champion take to the podium and enjoy all the entertainment throughout the day.
1. Make sure you arrive early and dress appropriately…yes those heels are super cute but if you’re going to be walking around the circuit all evening, you may prefer a pair of flats or comfy wedges (if you must have that extra bit of height!)
2. Allow plenty of time to get to the circuit as there will be road closures and some public transport disruptions; after all, the race is on a street circuit! Road closures will begin at 12.01am on 17 September and will vary day to day, so don’t forget to check full details on the LTA website.
3. Check your ticket and enter through the corresponding gate (printed on the back of your ticket), there’s nothing worse than wandering aimlessly trying to figure out which zone you’re supposed to be in when all you want to do is get in with all the action!
4. We suggest getting the bus or MRT because you’ll be kicking yourself if you end up missing part of the event while stuck in traffic or driving around looking for parking. With access from Nicoll Highway MRT, Promenade MRT, Bayfront MRT, Esplanade MRT, City Hall MRT, and Raffles Place MRT, public transport will be the easiest and best way to get to and from the Circuit. Plus, to make it easierwhen the event has finished, the MRT have extended their operating hours at City Hall station to 1.30am on Friday and 1.10am on Saturday and Sunday.
5. Stay hydrated, refuel regularly (don’t forget to pop by the fab Hawker Village!) explore and have fun!
Image sourced via Lantern
No ticket? No problem!
Don’t fancy forking out the dollars for a track-side ticket? Then head down to one of these fab non-track spectating spots where you’ll still get great views of the action.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
Already one of our favourite rooftop bars, Lantern at the iconic Fullerton Bay Hotel, boasts gorgeous views and thirst-quenching drinks in the heart of the city. Perfectly situated, overlooking the Anderson Bridge hairpin turn, you’ll love sipping back the cocktails as the sun goes down and the cars whizz past!
2. Marina Square Food Court
#04-101 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Delicious local bites, free viewing and brilliant views of Turns 14 and 16?! Sign us up! Just don’t forget to bring cups and vino to keep you going!
3. Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797, 6338 0066
Instead of splurging on passes to the Grandstand, why not treat yourself to a luxurious staycation with front row seats to the best event in town! The Mandarin Oriental offers special race night packages from $1300 where you can sit back in your own private room (say goodbye to being packed in like sweaty sardines!) overlooking Turn 16 and 17.
4. Pan Pacific Hotel
Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, 6336 8111
Hosting one of the biggest pool parties of the weekend, Pan Pacific is also one of the best non-track spots to catch the race, located right next to Turn 6 (you’ll feel like you’re practically on top of the race). With gorgeous views of the city and a plethora of dining (and partying) options, it’s easy to see why the Pan Pacific is one of the city’s best F1 hangouts!
Started in Monaco and now touring F1 race locations around the globe, the original F1 after-party is back on Singapore’s shores, allowing you to go straight from paddock to party! Join the ranks of previous celeb guests such as Taio Cruz, David Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence and Kylie Minogue, as you party the night away in the most glamourous way possible! Make sure you don’t miss the famous “I Love Fashion” fashion show, when F1 drivers will swap the racetrack for the catwalk, showcasing collections from renowned international brands. After all, who doesn’t want to see Jenson Button strut his stuff down the runway? We’ve also heard that Grammy award-winning singer Estelle will be performing her greatest hits and latest tunes at Amber Lounge, making this the party to see and be seen!
2. The Podium Lounge
19-21 September, 10pm
The Podium Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, The Grand Ballroom, L1, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039799, www.podiumlounge.com
Tickets start from $188. To buy your tickets, click here!
The ultimate A-list after-party returns to The Ritz-Carlton, attracting race drivers, teams, royalty, celebs, supermodels and the jet-setting elite. This year, the Podium Lounge will be taking over the Grand Ballroom, hosting Singapore’s largest pop up island bar, an overhead catwalk, an exclusive Race Dinner with chef Quique Dacosta, and all night parties with guest hosts Freddie Hunt and former F1 world champion Jacque Villeneuve. Where do we sign up?
3. Bacchanalia GPSS Weekend
20 September, 1-7pm
Orchid Main Ballroom, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, www.facebook.com/Bacchanaliabrunch
Early-bird tickets before 14 September $48, 15-19 September $78, on the day $98. To buy your tickets, click here.
Bacchanalia Brunch series is hosting their annual GPSS party at the glitzy Marina Bay Sands ballroom. With flowing champagne, delicious bites and an incredible musical DJ line up with artists such as DJ Stephen Day, DJ Seng Wei, Zoey Jones and more, this party is the ultimate event to gear you up and get your race-ready for the weekend!
Making waves all around the world; Dutch DJ Dash Berlin has joined up with Zouk to host one of the coolest parties in Singers over the Grand Prix weekend. Having worked with musical superstars such as Avicii, Armin van Buuren and Carl Cox, DJ Dash Berlin was also named #8 in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s list for 2012.Promising plenty of bubbles and beats, this is one for the cool kids who want to stay away from the F1 craziness.
Image sourced via 1-Altitude
Head up to 1-Altitude for the ultimate food, drinks and F1 craziness during the Grand Prix weekend. Celebrating a literal “Race Around The World”, 1-Altitude will be hosting not one, but three different parties at Stellar, 1-Altitude rooftop and Altimate! Indulge in delicious hawker bites as Stellar transforms into a foodie’s haven on 19 September from 6.30pm-1am, with treats from around the world prepared by special guest chefs. Party the night away at a Mardi Gras style rave on the rooftop, enjoy live music, dancers and a fantastic DJ lineup after 10pm. Then sink into a luxurious Monaco-style VIP party in Altimate with yummy cocktails and hypnotic beats.
Mixed with perhaps the best views in town, you’ll be forgiven for wanting to spend the entire weekend up there! Plus, it also happens to be one of the best spots to watch the race if you don’t have tickets to the circuit!
6. Poolside Pitstop at Pan Pacific Hotel
20-21 September, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 6pm-3am
Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595, www.panpacific.com
Early bird tickets from $38. To buy your tickets, click here.
Right in the heart of Singapore’s GP circuit, this poolside party is the perfect spot to enjoy the race, soak up some rays and dance all night long. Bringing together music, drinks, sun and fun, The Pan Pacific hotel have joined up with The Privé Group, G.H.Mumm and Massive Collection to make sure you party in style while sitting poolside. Get your bikinis ready girls!
Not only can you enjoy breath-taking views of the city but you won’t miss a second of the racing action perched up in Ku De Ta with fantastic viewing spots of the track (plus a live indoor broadcast of the race). Enjoy Ku De Ta’s signature lounge vibe earlier in the evening and dance through the night with international DJs such as DJ Shortee Blitz and DJ Spinbad.