Singapore has been my home for the past 3 years. In that time, I’ve explored and visited many hidden gems in this beautiful, garden city – local food favourites, nature reserves, monuments, art experiences, the list goes on…
But for one weekend in September, my inner motor racer comes alive.
For those 3 nights, the deafening roars of Formula One (F1) cars racing down the Marina Bay circuit, dominate the landscape. The smell of burnt rubber and asphalt fills the air! It’s a dream come true for any motor racing fan.
Singapore hosts the only night race in the F1 calendar. An estimated 1,600 lighting projectors are used to light up the circuit. These track lights are 4 times brighter than any sports stadium lights. Talk about a dazzling show!
Also, kudos to the organizers and authorities who do an absolutely phenomenal job with the set-up, traffic re-routing and crowd management!
The inaugural Singapore F1 Grand Prix (held in 2008) was also the first street circuit in Asia. The bustling, city streets of Marina Bay get transformed into an adrenaline-fuelled race track, where man and machine collaborate to create racing history. With 23 turns, this circuit has the most corners of any F1 track. Makes for some real nail-biting racing!
What most people don’t realize is that Singapore has a long and rich history of motor racing. For 13 years from 1961, the city hosted the Singapore Grand Prix for both cars and motorbikes. In the mid-1900s, Singapore was also hailed as the motor racing capital of Asia. The National Museum of Singapore recently held an exhibit to mark a century of motor racing in Singapore.
21st Sep 2014. Race day!
Visitors from all corners of the world have poured into Singapore, a good number in their private jets and luxury yachts. Music concerts, vintage cars on display, team merchandise stores, race simulators, insane number of F&B options, complete this turbo-charged night.
Despite the heat and the haze, it was a scintillating race! And as always, the best man/car/team won! Here are some of the most memorable moments from the Singapore GP 2014.