‘This race is always a highlight of the season: a great city, which looks really spectacular under the lights with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive.’
Lewis Hamilton, 3-time Formula1 World Champion, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
There’s so much to do at the Singapore GP, such as musical entertainment, Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Carrerra Cup, that you are going to need a day-by-day guide to help you fit everything in! Below is our step-by-step guide to your Singapore Grand Prix.
Friday 16 September: During the two sessions of Free Practice, the teams check out the track and evaluate how their cars behave in current set-up. Strategy for the race will be planned based on the information gained, such as the settings for the aerodynamics, how long each type of tyre will last (teams have to use two different types of Pirelli tyre during a race – one harder than the other – which adds a tactical element to the race) and therefore when to make their pit-stops.
Music: Australian singing sensation Kylie Minogue opens the festivities on the Padang Stage (Zone 4). American disco kings KC and the Sunshine Band perform at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4).
Saturday 17 September: Qualifying is where the drivers try to set the fastest single lap time possible to determine in which position they will start the race. After the first 18-minute session, the slowest six drivers will be eliminated; they will start at the back of the grid in the order of their best lap time. The second 15-minute session will see the remaining 16 drivers reduced to 10, who will then go on to a 10-minute final ‘shoot out’ to determine their starting positions and, of course, decide who will secure the all-important Pole Position.
Music: Multi-award-winning English indie rock band Bastille will perform, followed by Queen + Adam Lambert at the Padang Stage (Zone 4), while KC and The Sunshine Band will perform their disco hits at the Village Stage (Zone 1). Grammy-winning American a cappella group Pentatonix will be live at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4).
Sunday 18 September: Race day! Feel the tension and anticipation in the city rise to a crescendo for the main event at 8pm.
Music: Edgy American singer-songwriter Halsey will belt out gritty electro-pop tunes from her sell-out global Badlands tour. Pentatonix perform again, this time at the Village Stage (Zone 1), before the Formula 1® Race. Multi-platinum alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will close the weekend with smash-hit anthems, including ‘Radioactive’, ‘Demons’ and ‘Gold’.