For one spectacular weekend each year, Singapore’s cityscape transforms into a dazzling, adrenaline-charged motoring arena where the world’s best Formula One® drivers gather for the annual Singapore Grand Prix. As the world’s inaugural F1® night race, the Singapore Grand Prix is one of the most unique events in the F1® calendar and a highlight for both locals and visitors in Singapore. Over 1,500 lighting projectors will line the famed Marina Bay Street Circuit as cars roar down the race track, while an impressive line-up of international music acts draws tens of thousands of spectators each night.
If you are planning on being part of the action, ensure you get the most out of the experience by doing as the locals do. Here are 3 tips to help you get up to speed so you can experience the buzz of the Singapore Grand Prix like a true local.
Leave the driving to the experts
From outside of town? Choose hotels along the Orchard Road shopping belt just steps away from the MRT station to make commuting a breeze. Locals: The F1® weekend also presents an opportunity for a staycation in the city with your friends and family to be closer to the action. You can spend the day shopping before catching the race in the evening, and your feet will thank you for the short break you take as you drop your shopping bags at the hotel before heading out for the action.
Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road, or Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre are great options which will give you the convenience of location without breaking your bank.
Fuel up before the race
Don’t let your growling stomach distract you from the roars of the engines on the track – make sure you fuel up before the race. As food and beverage options within the Circuit Park can be on the pricier side, not to mention inundated with long queues, do as the locals do and get your fill before entering the arena. Have an early dinner at the hotel before stepping out, or feast on affordably priced local street food at various hawker centres located in the Marina Bay vicinity.
Satay by the Bay or Makansutra Gluttons Bay beside the Esplanade Waterfront Grandstand are popular hawker food spots that are within walking distance from the Circuit Park.
‘Chope’ the best vantage points and navigate the Circuit Park like a pro
Be a step ahead and identify the best vantage points for watching the race. Arrive at least an hour before it starts to recce the area and ‘Chope’, or reserve, a spot by a major turn along the track to ensure you are in pole position to get the best view of the action.
Take note of the exit points on your way in and plan your departure to avoid being stuck in human traffic on the way out when the race ends. Majority of spectators tend to start making their way to the exit at least 15 minutes before the end of the post-race concert to get a head start.
If you want to avoid the crowd entirely, you can also enjoy an impressive aerial view of the circuit and the dazzling display of fireworks from one of the city’s sky high bars such as LeVel33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre or 1-Altitude, the world’s highest al fresco bar on the roof of One Raffles Place.