Three nights of non-stop action at Asia’s largest motorsport and entertainment extravaganza
Since the inaugural night race in 2008, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix has produced drama, excitement, spectacle and above all, a great weekend of action and entertainment for visitors from around the world.
The scintillating combination of the world’s finest drivers racing wheel-to-wheel at up to 320km/h under lights, concerts by mega international music acts, tropical weather, endless dining and shopping options truly makes Singapore irresistible.
The night race, which starts at 8pm, allows the screening of the event at a time more suitable to European viewers. That timing also means it is feasible to fit the trip into an extended action packed weekend break.
Just add a day of annual leave on either side of race weekend – 16 to 18 September – to make the most of the ultimate Formula 1® getaway.
It’s one of the most popular events on the F1 calendar, and one chat with Williams’ driver Valtteri Bottas tells you why.
‘Singapore is a very cool place and quite unique in that it’s a night race,’ says Bottas, one of the sport’s young hot shots.
‘Being in the middle of the city, I can walk to the circuit from my hotel, which is convenient and adds to the sense of atmosphere.’
‘For the fans, there is nothing more you would want really – you can see the city and racing all in close proximity.’
Centrally located in downtown Singapore, the 5.065km long street circuit is served by six subway stations that are within easy walking distance to the grandstands.
Come September, fans are in for a treat as battles are expected right throughout the field – especially as the title comes into play.
For the drivers, the race is the one they all want to win – and tests them like no other: the humidity pushing them to the limit, with very few places to rest along the lap.
‘It is a challenge for the drivers,’ says 1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones, who has previously been an FIA driver steward at the event.
‘It’s a bit like Monaco, where you’ve got to have 101 per cent concentration. You just can’t allow the car to drift out too wide, or make any mistakes under brakes, because instead of going out onto asphalt or gravel, you’re going to hit a wall.’
The fun continues off the track with full-length performances from superstar music acts nightly. With Circuit Park gates open from 2.30pm till 12.30am on all three days, race promoter Singapore GP has curated various exciting experiences throughout the day to cater to patrons of all ages.
In addition to the thrilling Formula 1® action, petrol-heads can look forward to three fantastic support categories throughout the weekend: Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, TCR International Series and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
All 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix ticket-holders enjoy access to the concerts at the Padang Stage in Zone 4, whilst Zone 1 ticket-holders can catch performances throughout the Circuit Park.
Australian singing sensation Kylie Minogue will kick-off the festivities as she belts out her chart-topping pop hits in the first concert of the weekend on Friday 16 September at the Padang Stage (Zone 4).
On Saturday, 17 September, rock fans are in for a treat with a mega double-bill at the Padang Stage (Zone 4). Multiple award-winning English indie rock band Bastille will perform before the Formula 1® Qualifying session, followed by Queen + Adam Lambert performing their biggest show production to date after the final track activity of the day.
Over at the Village Stage in Zone 1, Grammy-winning American a cappella group Pentatonix will perform on Saturday 17 September before the Formula 1® Qualifying session and at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4) and on Sunday 18 September at the Village Stage (Zone 1), before the Formula 1® Race.
American disco kings KC and The Sunshine Band will perform at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4) on Friday 16 September before Formula 1® Practice 2 session and the Village Stage (Zone 1) on Saturday 17 September, before Formula 1® Qualifying session.
Come race day (Sunday 18 September), edgy American singer-songwriter Halsey will belt out her signature gritty electro-pop tunes from her sell-out global Badlands tour. After the chequered flag has been waved, multi-platinum alternative rock band Imagine Dragons will close the weekend with smash-hit anthems, including ‘Radioactive’, ‘Demons’ and ‘Gold’.
With the Padang Stage layout revised for 2016, fans at the night race can expect a more up-close concert experience. In between the track activities, patrons can refuel at themed trackside bars and eateries, catch even more entertainment from international roving acts and check out the numerous interactive activities and merchandise booths throughout the Circuit Park. In addition, Zone 1 patrons will also have access to the Singapore Flyer observation wheel for a bird’s-eye view of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Singapore Airlines PPS Club and KrisFlyer members who book by 21 August can receive up to 12,000 KrisFlyer miles for selected ticket categories, if they purchase the exclusive 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix offer on the sianightrace.com website.
Regardless of how you do it, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix makes for a fantastic holiday experience. It’s racing under lights, in the heart of one of the world’s great cities – but so much more.
Here’s our guide to making the most out of your 2016 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix’ experience with Singapore Airlines and Singapore GP
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