Saturday, 19 September 2015

F1 Singapore Grand Prix 2015


This year marks the eighth running of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Circuit and there is a lot to discuss and to get excited about this year.

For a start, the circuit has been modified around the Anderson Bridge area, between Turns 11 and 13. These changes have been made to fit in with the development of a new Singapore arts, culture and lifestyle precinct, but it’s given the organisers a chance to improve the track features either side of the unique bridge. The changes mean that Turn 11 will be slightly tighter and after passing through a smoother left hand kink at Turn 12, the cars will pass over the left lane of the Anderson Bridge into a wider Turn 13 hairpin, which could encourage overtaking.

Whoever wins in Singapore this year will deserve it; winning this race is never easy.

Should F1 Stay On In Singapore?
F1 draws about 40,000 foreign visitors during the race weekend and many are heavyweights of top global companies who splurge on the economy

From today until Sunday the decibels around the streets of Marina Bay will rise to a screeching pitch. And all these screaming sounds of the most costly race engines high technology has produced will congregate there for the F1 — the pinnacle of a racer’s career. This is the eighth year running Singapore is playing host to the three-day Formula 1 world championships, motorsports premier racing series.

Including hosting rights, the bill to stage this race is a hefty S$150 million. In the run-up, traffic in the business district is also reduced to a crawl at peak hours as roads are realigned, barriers erected, heavy-duty lights mounted — since it’s one of the night races in the world — and grandstands constructed as well. Add to these that good seats in the house are out of reach of the average person, it begs the question: Why are we doing this? But the costs and inconvenience are often seen in isolation and this is unfortunate.

Hardly anyone raises a ruckus that the recent South East Asian (SEA) Games cost $324.5 million and did not turn a profit. No one asked what the bill was for last year’s Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup that Singapore hosted and if it made any money or not. It is also true tickets to these two events cost a tiny fraction, if not free.

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6 things you need to know about this weekend's Singapore GP

This weekend sees F1 is back in Asia for the second night race of the season, and the drivers are beginning to feel the heat.

Not only because there are only seven races left, but because it’s really bloody hot in Singapore. Temperatures are expected to break 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday, with scattered thunderstorms also set to bring showers prior to the grand prix.

Lewis Hamilton is looking comfortable at the top of the championship table, leading teammate Nico Rosberg by a whopping 52 points after victory at Monza a fortnight ago. With the final race in Abu Dhabi now only a couple of months away, the wheels would surely have to fall off Hamilton’s campaign (quite literally) for anyone to close the gap.

8 Things to do in Singapore during the F1 Weekend

Back this year for the eighth time, the Grand Prix promises a weekend long of adrenaline pumping street circuit action for F1 fans. Apart from that, there’s a plethora of festivities going on throughout the city for you to enjoy, whether you’re a F1 fan or not. Here’s the lowdown on everything you don’t want to miss out on this F1 Season.
  1. Party it up Ultra Style
  2. Get a bird’s eye view of the race
  3. Take in some off-track action
  4. Meet the international jet-set
  5. Watch F1 drivers strut their stuff...on the runway
  6. Have a side of culture with your dinner
  7. Get into the Hot Seat
  8. Cool off between races
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From burlesque to breakin’ beats: Things to do over F1 weekend in Singapore

This weekend (September 18 to September 20), everyone will get to hear a thunderous roar at the heart of Singapore’s city district. And we are not just talking about the race cars zooming around the circuit for this year’s edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

Each year, the entertainment portion is fuelled by appearances from some of the world’s biggest entertainers and this year it is no different, with headliners Pharrell, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and more taking centre stage, along with a slate of other performers that includes local artistes such as Dawn Ho, Micheala Therese, Daphne Khoo, The Sam Willows, ShiLi & Adi, Vox and Take Two, among others; as well as the now-familiar after-parties at the Podium Lounge and the Amber Lounge.

But that does not mean the rest of the island is short on entertainment options. Here is a quick guide for some of the coolest action you can find over the F1 Weekend that is not at the circuit.

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The Singapore Grand Prix - did you know?

This year sees Singapore host its eighth world championship Grand Prix, all of which have been at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The inaugural event in 2008 was the first F1 race to be run at night under floodlights and was won, somewhat controversially, by Renault’s Fernando Alonso.

Speaking of Alonso, the Spaniard has finished in the points in all seven races in Singapore to date, and has finished on the podium in five of them - an impressive record matched only by Sebastian Vettel. Vettel, however, has three race victories to Alonso’s two, and is also the only driver to have won in consecutive years (doing so in 2011, 2012 and 2013). Like Alonso, Lewis Hamilton has also claimed a pair of wins at the street track, and can also boast the record for most pole positions at the circuit with three.

Hamilton may have scored a ‘grand slam’ (pole, win, fastest lap, led every lap) at the last round in Italy, but Alonso and Vettel are the only drivers to have scored one in a race at Marina Bay. Vettel’s 2013 grand slam (or grand chelem as it’s often known) was the third of his career, whereas Alonso’s 2010 version was his first (and as yet only).