10 Things To Know About The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix
After a decade, the Singapore Grand Prix still remains one of the most exciting events on the F1 calendar.
1. Bright Lights, Big City
Singapore made it into the Formula One hall of fame in 2008 for hosting the world’s first night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Still the only night street race on the F1 calendar today, the Singapore Grand Prix sees top drivers race under lights—which requires 3.2MW of power!—at speeds of up to 320km/h.
2. Rookie Road
F1 world champions Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg may have bowed out from this year’s tournament, but look forward to three rookies on the grid (pictured from left): Canada’s Lance Stroll with Williams Martini Racing, Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne with McLaren-Honda and France’s Esteban Ocon with Sahara Force India.
3. First Apperances
Off the track, Singapore’s largest entertainment stage at the Padang will see international headliners such as Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris (pictured), all of whom will be performing in Singapore for the first time, alongside George The Poet, Lianne La Havas and Seal. This year will also see a record number of homegrown musicians making their Marina Bay Street Circuit debuts, including rappers The Lion City Boy and Shigga Shay, as well as R&B divas Vandetta and Tabitha Nauser.
4. Put The Record On
Another notable DJ set you won’t want to miss is the Fierce Angel collective with Mark Doyle, the creator of Hed Kandi, who will play alongside former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella (pictured) at The Podium Lounge. Grammy Award-winners, rapper Coolio and soul singer Macy Gray also make up the star-studded line-up.
5. Speed Of Art
Want to immortalise your love for the motorsports in painting? Here is one artist you should meet. Renowned speed painter Armin Flossdorf of F1 Arts will be live painting at The Podium Lounge using his signature technique of combining acrylics and pencil on canvas. Joining him is UK portrait artist Paul Oz, who specialises is 3D oil paintings
6. Party Circuit
Whether you want to rub shoulders with your favourite F1 driver (or ogle them at the iconic F1 Driver Fashion Show, pictured) or simply chill out at the Magnum Pleasure Bar, hit up Amber Lounge for the original F1 party experience. Or take your pick from other race-themed parties at rooftop hotspots such as Martini Terrazza at Cé La Vi, The Circuit at 1-Altitude and Sky Grandé Prix.
7. Feast For The Senses
The race’s high-octane atmosphere spills over to Boudoir Blanc, which pegs itself as a multisensory playground that fuses gourmet cuisine, premium champagne and an immersive theatrical cabaret and cirque-themed experience, featuring ex-Moulin Rouge burlesque royalty Miss Fallon Dee.
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8. Local Pride
There has never been a Singaporean driver in F1 (yet), but rest assured that a local racer has navigated the treacherous turns of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Well, at least these four: Gregory Teo, Yuey Tan, Andrew Tang (pictured) and Ringo Chong, who have competed in two separate one-make series. While Teo will not be participating in the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific this year, Chong, Tan and Tang will be racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
9. From Pole To Podium
Will Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (pictured, after his win at the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix) claim his fifth victory in Singapore? The odds seemed to be in his favour until arch-rival Lewis Hamilton took the drivers’ championship lead for the first time this season, after winning the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday. Besides Vettel, only three other F1 drivers have won on the Marina Bay Street Circuit: Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso (twice) and Hamilton (twice).
10. See You Next Year?
Well, maybe… This is the final year of Singapore’s current five-year deal with F1. While no decision has been made yet, a Singapore date is included on the 21-race 2018 F1 calendar, which sees the return of France and Germany to the race, and Malaysia dropping off. So until then... enjoy the party this year!
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