VIP FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
Celebrating its 10th edition this year, (Sept 15-17) the thrilling night race around Marina Bay Street Circuit is a highlight on the motorsport calendar and Michael Roche, executive director, Singapore GP Pte Ltd, tells us what’s in store this year
In 2008, Singapore made history for hosting the world’s first Formula 1® night race held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and has since continued to attract fans from across the globe as a “jewel in the Formula 1 crown”. This September, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (www.singaporegp.sg) will celebrate a special milestone with its 10th edition. Few events can capture the imagination like the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, with the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit lit-up and glittering against the night sky and imposing city backdrop, the world’s finest drivers racing wheel-to-wheel at up to 320km/h and live performances from the big international artists. No wonder it’s at the top of everyone’s bucket list, especially with the event held in the beating heart of one of the world’s great cities, famous for its vibrant mix of cultures, cuisine and endless shopping options. On-track, it’s a feast for the senses as Formula 1 World Champions like Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso push themselves and their multi-million dollar prototype F1 cars to the absolute limit, just millimetres away from the concrete barriers. A new Empress Grandstand will offer spectacular views of the cars slowing down between Turns 11 and 12 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit before they cross the historical Anderson Bridge. This being our 10th Grand Prix, we’ve also introduced a “Super Pit” category where ticketholders will receive a commemorative ticket, lanyard as well as priority access at Gate 1. There will also be a specially curated photo exhibition along Orchard Road from mid-August that will feature some of our best highlights over the years.
Today, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix is one of the largest events the country has ever hosted, and has become one of Asia’s mustattend weekends. As a sporting event, they don’t come much bigger. Formula One under lights in the heart of Singapore, the world’s biggest international artists playing every night, lots of action on and off-track. It’s enough to take your breath away, Singapore’s Marina Bay looming large in front of you, the world’s finest racing drivers zooming past you, lots of themed bars and hawker-style eateries around you – it’s unbelievably cool. As an experience for fans, it’s the complete package.
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This event draws myriad audiences from business executives looking to reward their clients and employees to Formula One race fans, and people who appreciate great music, arts and entertainment.
This year, guests at the Formula One Paddock Club™ will see the debut of Hollywood Road by Hong Kong’s award-winning restaurant group Maximal Concepts at the Paddock Club Lifestyle Area, showcasing the very best of Asian and Western culinary techniques. Led by chefs Russell Doctrove and Lee Man Sing, guests can look forward to signature dishes such as foie gras cotton candy, crispy sugar-coated barbecue Iberico pork bun with kumquat and toro tiradito with dragon fruit and red juice from their group of restaurants in Hong Kong including Mott 32, Blue Butcher & Meat Specialist, Brickhouse, Stockton and Mercedes me. The restaurant will sit alongside Japanese celebrity-chef and restaurateur NOBU, featuring a seasonal autumn menu with sustainable seafood such as mini chirashi cup sushi, tuna/salmon tataki with Matsuhisa dressing and Chilean seabass jalapeño miso. Two Michelin-starred Les Amis’ pastry chef Cheryl Koh of Tarte will be also be back with her colourful dessert creations. Returning for the 10th year, the ever-popular world-renowned celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will showcase his signature dishes from the newly opened The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, with dishes such as black truffle and fontina pizza, steamed lobster with yuzu ginger dressing and bok choy as well as roasted foie gras with lychee, black olive and rose. Also back by popular demand with a specially curated menu is COMO Cuisine, known for their healthful cuisines that will delight clean and sophisticated palates.
Over at the other side of the track, Apex Lounge is a brand new product category launched earlier this year. Located on the second and third level of the Pit Straight hospitality facility, the industrial-themed Apex Lounge features a spacious duplex with plush seating areas, ambient lighting and concrete finishes. Showcasing live DJ sets, the lounge seamlessly transitions from lounge to club where guests can party in an airy open setting with floor to celling windows in between the on-track action where they get an amazing view of the track and the podium from a private viewing gallery. Multiple live food stations ranging from freshly prepared tapas to nitrogen ice-cream are accompanied by specialist cocktails, craft scotch whiskies and sake bars.
Comfort is key at the Circuit Park. Dress to keep cool both during the race and for the post-race headlining concerts at the Padang Stage. Fans are also encouraged to put on their most trusted pair of shoes and to pack light.
On track, the F1 action promises to be explosive with Mercedes facing-off against Ferrari, and Red Bull Racing likely to join the fight as well. Off track, the entertainment line-up doesn’t get much bigger than American pop superstar Ariana Grande, British synth-pop veterans Duran Duran, UK powerhouse DJ Calvin Harris, US pop-rockers OneRepublic and US DJ duo The Chainsmokers. Other headline artists include famed British singer-songwriters Seal, and Lianne La Havas, along with spoken word performer George the Poet.
Clockwise from top: The illuminated Singapore skyline lends the perfect backdrop for the home of Formula 1® night racing; Australian songstress Kylie Minogue kicking off the 2016 race weekend; Pentatonix performs at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre in Circuit Park; cars manoeuvring the first three turns of the Circuit; English footballer Rio Ferdinand attends the 2016 night race; spectacular fireworks light up the night sky after the chequered flag is waved