If the Monaco Grand Prix equals glamour and excess, then the 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 fanfare, 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 2019 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 8 pm local time and you’ll get one extravagant nighttime event stacked either side by a spectacular roster of events and parties.
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. There’s been a safety car deployed in every single race since 2008, with 2017 especially offering up a masterclass in carnage even before Turn 1 with a special thanks to a wet track.
Trackside tickets aren’t cheap, we’re not going to sugar coat it, but there’s something for every budget. If you and the boys are copping the full monty and going all out, we’d recommend THE CUBE; the ultimate race + VIP concert experience where guests can view the Padang concerts from an exclusive elevated deck while also enjoying all access to the Circuit Park. Think free flowing Tattinger Champagne, drinks and canapés, plus superb views of the headline performances by Swedish House Mafia, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani and Fatboy Slim belting before and after the screaming sessions of the F1 cars nearby.
For those looking to get as close to the racing action as possible, Turns 1 and 2 will offer up the most excitement and are viewable from the grandstands. Compelling combination packages are also available, giving you an assortment of ticket types letting you switch it up across the three days.
If you’re inside the track you won’t be short of watering holes and entertainment in convenient places dotted around the circuit. A wide assortment of local eats and drinks are available at Portside and Dockside Hawkers, located beside the Padang Stage in Zone 4, as well as Market Street at the F1 Village in Zone 1.
If all this action has you salivating, you’d also be forgiven for assuming the afterparties are going to be just as outrageous.
While details are still yet to be confirmed for 2019, if last year is anything to go by then your best bet is to hit up either of the two main afterparties – Amber Lounge and Podium Lounge – which will be absolutely hammering over the week-long Grand Prix Season Singapore.
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. If you’re keen to have the hassle taken out of the equation for you, Sportsnet Holidays is offering compelling four-night packages including 3-Day Bay Grandstand tickets and a selection of goodies from $1,635 AUD pp, twin share. For those who want to create their own adventure, tickets are also available from SGD298 for 3-Day access.
Grand Prix Season Singapore runs from September 13-22, with the race itself taking place from September 20-22.
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