From music acts and after-parties, to tickets and hotels for staycations, we’ve rounded up a massive guide so that all the action of the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix doesn’t whiz past you
Is your excitement for F1 Singapore already revving up? The 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, that twists and turns around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, will run from 15 to 17 September. Whether you’re a seasoned F1 attendee (this the ninth race in Singapore), or have never been to one of these famous Formula One car race events, a handy guide can make or break your experience. Here is our list of everything you need to know about the race, concerts, parties, tickets, and even hotels to stay in for that high-octane weekend staycation.
The on-track action
Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about F1 Singapore; 22 racers from all over the world will have to complete 61 laps to finish the race. The track length is 5.065km (including 23 turns per lap, the most number of turns in the F1 calendar). Last year’s victor was Nico Rosberg from Mercedes, and it was the first time he’d won the Singapore race; Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) is at four wins, while Lewis Hamiton (Mercedes) and Fernando Alonso (McLaren) are tied at two. The Singapore race is also the only F1 night race in the world.
The off-track entertainment
Expect more loud noises beyond the tracks, as F1 is once again graced with an extraordinary ensemble of international musicians. Aside from pop star Ariana Grande (16 Sep) and the soulful Lianne La Havas (15-16 Sep), The Chainsmokers (16 Sep) will also be coming ‘closer’ to you this F1. And if you’re hungry (like a wolf) for more, you won’t want to miss the legendary Duran Duran (16-17 Sep). Other big names performing during the F1 include Calvin Harris (17 Sep), OneRepublic (15 Sep), Seal (17 Sep), and George The Poet (16-17 Sep).
Not forgetting the sweet sounds of Singapore’s very own line-up of performers such as hip-hop artists THELIONCITYBOY (15 Sep) and ShiGGa Shay (17 Sep), as well as R&B singers Sam Rui (15 Sep), Vandetta (15 Sep) and Tabitha Nauser (17 Sep).
For more information and tickets on the concerts, check out this website.
The after-parties to keep it going
If you still have gas in your tank after the races, keep the momentum going at these after-parties.
Looking for something a little saucier? Adjourn to Boudoir Blanc (16-17 Sep) for a burlesque cabaret party where burlesque royalty and ex-Moulin Rouge star, Miss Fallon Dee, will take the stage with a sensual, saucy number. Sip on flowing Taittinger Champagne, Peroni and signature cocktails, as you take in the sweeping views across Marina Bay while rubbing shoulders with fellow socialites.
The party to be seen at and where the elites of the F1 industry gather, alongside supermodels and other celebrities in town, is definitely Amber Lounge (16-17 Sep). Rising British pop sensation, Raye, will be gracing the stage for this glitzy bash, which also happens to be on its 15th year anniversary. Plus, if you’ve got major passion for fashion, Singapore-based avant-garde designer (known for his experimental cuts and edgy, unconventional styles) will be showcasing his collection of ready-to-wear fashion pieces at the Amber Lounge Singapore Fashion Show (16 Sep).
The Podium Lounge
This is another ritzy affair (15-17 September); besides rubbing shoulders with who’s who of Asia’s elite party scene, this year’s edition will have you dancing the night away as model-singer Pixie Geldof (15 September), R&B singer Macy Gray (17 September), rapper Coolio (16 Sep) and former Ferrari F1 driver-turned-DJ Giancarlo Fishichella take the stage.
Fashion highlights include a fashion runway show curated by The Yak Magazine (Bali) at The Nightly Fashion Circuit, as well as collection showcases including Aussie designer Mauricio Alpizar’s new resort collection, Erika Peña Jewelry & Accessories’ snake-inspired collection, and if streetwear’s more up your alley, stick around for MtheMovement’s latest collection (15-16 Sep). Keep it going with a unique exhibition, Primary Source, that’s presented by Sundaram Tagore Galler, displaying a range of West-meets-East artworks, and witness world-famous speed painter Armin Flossdorf and portrait artist Paul Oz work their magic live.
As the F1 is all about fast cars, why not check out The Lamborghini Aventador S? The ultra-luxury car will be making its Singapore debut at the party, so you’ll get to check out its new, sleek, aerodynamic design and increased power. For those in the motorsport scene or want to get involved in the business side of things, The Podium Lounge is also hosting the very first Motorsport in Asia Business Forum during the day on 16 September.
We get it: figuring out the tickets for F1 can be as complicated as the mechanics behind an F1 engine. While you can view all types of F1 tickets on the event’s website, we’ve filtered out a few suggestions you might be interested in. The Turn 3 Premier Grandstand Pass ($2,128 for three-day; all-zone access) will give you a winning view of one of the most heart-stopping turns on the track; the Turn 1 and Turn 2 Grandstands Passes ($1,288 for three-day; all-zone access) are other hotspots for race action; the Pit Grandstand Pass ($888 for Sunday, $588 for Saturday, $388; all-zone access) will be suited to those who only want to catch one day of action. The Premier Walkabout Pass ($348 for Sunday, $248 for Saturday, $148 for Friday; all-zone access) is perfect for those who want more freedom to roam around the Circuit Park.
Access to Zone 4 will include access to all music headliners (except Seal, Zone 1).
F1-themed dining options
Loaded with a special race menu that includes colour-changing cocktails and cakes decorated in race flag motifs, make a pit stop at Pan Pacific Singapore for a pre-race brunch featuring a variety of mouth-watering culinary offerings, followed by celebratory drinks at the Atrium. Keep the energy going with more exciting F1-themed activities at the hotel, including a snapping an Instagram-worthy pic with the squad, and catching the bubble lift ‘race’.
The hotels to hole up in
Whether you’re flying in from abroad for F1 Singapore, or inspired to live the high life of F1 drivers with a staycation, these hotels should give you the pampering treatment you deserve.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Along with an amazing view of the city, Pan Pacific is a good starting point for guests to do some sightseeing, shopping and find good entertainment spots nearby. This hotel sits right beside the track; get a bird’s eye view of all the exhilarating, speedy action from the luxurious comfort of your Skyline Suite.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, p. 6336 8111.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
For an event this iconic, it only makes sense to have your staycation at an equally iconic destination in Singapore; this heritage hotel has a history that stretches back to 1924! This architectural marvel will be having Grand Prix specials during race season (15-17 Sep), with Non-Circuit View Suites starting from $2000 per night. The Fullerton is also a stone’s throw from the festivities, situated just five minutes from Gates 5 and 6.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, p. 6733 8388.
The Westin Singapore
Also near the F1 action – a 10-minute walk to Gate 6 – The Westin Hotel Singapore is another Marina Bay destination that’s popular amongst serial staycationers. Book a EatSleepRace.Repeat room package here during F1 season – $855 per night; $1710 for two nights for a Westin Club room – and you even get free Internet, daily breakfast, and a choice of complimentary buffet lunch or Champagne afternoon tea for two.
The Westin Singapore, Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, Singapore 018961, p. 6922 6888.
Source: Honeycombers Singapore