Putting aside the glamour and excess of the Monaco Grand Prix, the next most exciting and ecstatic race of the Formula 1 calendar is surely Singapore. It's not even a contest.
The famed Marina Bay street-circuit shares many similar traits to the aforementioned Mediterranean fiasco, though much has changed since an early variant of what is now known as Formula 1 was first held there back in 1966.
Fast-forward to 2018 and the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most hyped races of the season. City circuits are always a winner, yet push back lights out to 8pm local time, and you'll get one extravagant event overshadowed by Singapore's illuminated city skyline. If the city is going to put $110 million into staging such a race, you can bet they're going all out.
The track takes a total of 23 turns through downtown Singapore, lapping the iconic Marina Bay for a total of just over 5 kilometres. History has proven it to be one helluva crazy race, with 2017 especially offering up a masterclass in carnage even before Turn 1 with a special thanks to a wet track.
There's been a safety car deployed in every single race since 2008, with a total of 17 in the last ten races overall. If I were a bookie I'd be setting my odds very high on a similar result this year.
The electric atmosphere of a Grand Prix weekend is taken to a new level in Singapore, with the 'night' aspect of the race exuding very different vibes to a standard GP. Singapore is known for its exuberant nightlife, combine this with the entertainment put on for the F1 and you've got a lineup akin to most music festivals. Calvin Harris headlined last year, so you'd be forgiven for assuming the afterparties are going to be just as outrageous.
Trackside tickets are expensive, we're not going to sugar coat it. If you are copping the full monty and going all out, we'd recommend skim reading this article by F1 Spectator for a breakdown on what's the best value for money.
Those who just want to soak up a bit of the atmosphere should look at strategically perching themselves near the track by way of a hotel room, rooftop terrace, or sports bar.
For the groups with collectively deep pockets, your best bet is to chase digs such as the Swissotel The Stamford (if it's not already booked out) that offers panoramic views of the bay and main circuit entrance. Other more than adequate - but similarly expensive - options include the Mandarin Oriental, The Fullerton and the Ritz-Carlton, most of which offer rooftop terraces or bars for those staying in premiere suites.
Strapped for cash when it comes to a decent pad? LeVel33 is marina-side rooftop brewery that offers an epic selection of craft beers. From here, you can experience the wail of the cars zipping past below you, or head indoors for some live big-screen action. Tables for a party of six are said to start around the $250 mark, which is as cheap as chips compared to six of you paying for individual grandstand tickets.
You'll find a similar set up over at Aura, a recently refurbished hang out atop the National Gallery. Six levels up and near the Padang Grandstand, you'll be very close to the action, while also being able to dabble in some seriously delicious food and your poison of choice.
Singapore's GP is easily the cheapest race to get to for Aussies aside from Melbourne's Albert Park. You can boost out Thursday evening to be back for work on Tuesday morning. Scoot is your dirt cheap go-to here, with flight prices hovering around the $400 mark sans checked baggage (you're a grown man, you can do 4 days with hand luggage.)
If your pleb days are well and truly over, a British Airways or Qantas return flight will clock in at around $800. Or, you can go full baller mode and splash some cash on Singapore Airline's new A380 business class.
The Singapore Grand Prix runs from September 14-16.