At Singapore you’re so close to the cars you find bits of tyre marbles in your hair.
F1’s original night race has been praised by F1 Fanatics who’ve been there.
One fan, Michael, has witnessed the famous lights first hand:
Holding the race at night adds more to the spectacle than you can possibly imagine. Having seen it for myself, I think all street circuits should hold races at night.
Although the race takes place at night, the temperatures remain high:
Bring water. It?óÔé¼Ôäós about the only food or drink you can bring in from outside the track.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós a hot track in a hot country, even at night, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós nice to have it just in case you?óÔé¼Ôäóre used to European or American climates.
Also, the food/drink available in the stands is tastier than usual circuit fare, but can be slightly dearer, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós nice to save where you can.
If you get there in plenty of time before the sessions begin each day, you may be lucky enough to meet a few drivers. Magiklegs managed just this last year and shares his strategy:
The best bit about being at the Singapore Grand Prix is that it is surely the track where meeting the drivers is the easiest.
Basically the drivers are not allowed to be driven into circuit grounds, they get dropped off at the gates and walk through the general areas in ‘Zone 1’, and then into the pits. I had my photo taken with all the drivers except for Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton, simply by asking as they walked through.
I’m not sure how many others know about this, but there seemed to be very few spectators in the area, as it’s not great for spectating. They tend to come in around two hours before the first session of each day!
As is the case with most races, JohnBt recommends a walk around the circuit on Friday and Saturday in order to find great places to get pictures, as well as an opportunity to experience the cars running through different parts of the circuit.
We managed to cover every corner that was accessible for the first two days, so as to be at the best turn in our opinion for the race. Overall views were not really fantastic, as the cars disappeared to soon due to the street circuit format.
So we finally settled for turn five because it was the widest turn in which overtaking would be possible. Also there was a lot of skidding and drifting which made for exciting viewing.
The most amazing part was that we were so near the cars, less than ten feet. Awesome! We had small bits of tyre marbles left in our hair and on our skin, how much closer could you get than that?
While John was finding souvenirs in his hair on the way home from the circuit, Michael was still mesmerized by a rather unique sound, something which you can hear too during your circuit walk.
There?óÔé¼Ôäós an area every F1 fan should experience ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ go under the Esplanade bridge and hear the sound amplified several times with fantastic reverberation underneath the bridge. I stumbled upon it during a practice session while exploring the circuit. There?óÔé¼Ôäós no other F1 circuit in the world to enable a fan to experience from “under” the track!
There are two places to do this. One is outside the circuit, near the Merlion statue, the other is on the other side of the Singapore River beside the Esplanade theatre by the Bay (the spiked dome building).
Lioneldude has become a Singapore Grand Prix veteran, having been at every race held there so far. He has advice on what you expect from specific seating:
I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been to every edition of the Singapore Grand Prix and I will be heading back this year.
In 2008 I sat in the Bay Grandstand, got a ticket in Dark Green Row 22 but it was way too far to the right. Since there were some empty seats usually, I sat at Yellow Row 10 on Saturday and Yellow Row 50 on Sunday.
For 2009 I got a ticket at Turn 1 A5 Row 1. Bad mistake as a marshal box blocked my view and the fence is not very nice to have in photography. As it was an economically down year, the seats were pretty much empty, as much as 70% full on race day. I moved myself to Turn 2 A1 and A2 and got nice views of the race itself.
Then, in 2010 I sat at Turn 2 A2 Row 20. There, I managed to get a great picture of the start on Sunday. There was a huge crowd, and race day was packed with fans in the turn two grandstand. Great atmosphere and enjoyed seeing people cheering for the Fernando Alonso-Sebastian Vettel battle.
For this year I have booked Turn 2 A2 again. I’m really looking forward to it.
Also, many thanks to Mankster, who has helped out a lot of people on various issues in the pages detailed here.
Find out more about the race in this article from Wei Jian who worked as a track marshal during last year’s race:
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