Race Day in Singapore

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 GP 2014 - View of the team garages. The Singapore flyer is in the background.

Singapore GP 2014: Early evening view of the team garages. The Singapore flyer is in the background.

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.

All set for the Drivers Parade

Vintage cars line up for the Drivers Parade

Ferrari's Alonso seated in a vintage car for the Driver's Parade

Ferrari’s Alonso seated in a vintage car for the Driver’s Parade

On the starting grid

On the starting grid

Nico Rosberg's car is pushed off the starting grid after it suffered technical difficulties

Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes is pushed off the starting grid after it suffered technical difficulties

Some close action....

Some close action….

Sparks are flying!

Sparks are flying!

Race on in full swing. Night view of the Singapore flyer

Night view of the Singapore flyer. Race on in full swing.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes crossing the finishing line.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes charging past the finishing line for his second Singapore GP win.

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