SINGAPORE – That exciting weekend every September is almost upon us – this time last year, Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix.
As the race is only a mere few days away, rev yourself up for the deafening roaring of engines, a string of star-studded parties, stellar entertainment and world-class dining – you can’t miss all of that if you have bought your tickets.
You gotta make the most out of the weekend so here’s a round-up of the races, activities and concert acts to expect during the high-octane 3-day street race.
Stellar concert line-up
This year, they outdid themselves by bringing out the big guns – Swedish House Mafia, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim and even orchestral genius Hans Zimmer.
We are hollering for pop princess Gwen Stefani as she will be headlining the F1 concert scene alongside EDM powerhouse Swedish House Mafia, Californian rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers and rock group Muse. Award-winning DJ Fatboy Slim will be spinning his set while Hans Zimmer – the man behind the iconic soundtracks of The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator and The Dark Night trilogy – will take you through a stirring concert experience complete with a live symphony orchestra.
The artistes are performing at different days and zones. Gwen Stefani will be performing on Saturday (21 Sep) at Zone 4 while Hans Zimmer will be at Zone 1 on Sunday (22 Sep). So make sure you know where and when to go to catch your favourite stars here.
Take yourself on a gastronomic experience
Watching the race and walking the circuit grounds for hours can get you feeling peckish. Thankfully, there is no shortage of food and beverage options across all the zones to fulfil any craving that you may have, namely at:
Zone 1 – Market Street, The Wharf
Zone 3 – Uptown under the Bay Grandstand
Zone 4 – Portside Hawkers, Dockside Hawkers
If you have splurged on a Paddock Club ticket, your tastebuds will be treated to gourmet delights by celebrity chefs.
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal will be making his highly-anticipated culinary debut with a pop-up of his one-Michelin-starred gastropub, The Hind's Head. NOBU, the world renowned Japanese restaurant helmed by award-winning Chef Nobu Matsuhisa will feature classic and contemporary cuisine. One of Australia’s most influential chefs, Neil Perry will bring farm-to-table perfectly wood-fired grilled meats and seafood sustainably sourced from the finest quality producers.
See the full circuit map with F&B options here.
Try out the race simulators and test your racing skills
Aspiring to be Sebastian Vettel or Lewis Hamilton? Well, here’s the closest you can get to experiencing being an F1 driver - free race simulators in the Singapore Airlines Fan Village at Zone 4, Circuit Park.
Those keen on giving their racing skills a go can soothe their itch at the Circuit Park as they have a go at racing on the Singapore track under the lights in hyper-realistic conditions on race simulators.
We are quite sure it would be one exhilarating ride.
Perform a timed tire change at the Red Bull Pit Stop Challenge
Wonder what it's like to be part of Grand Prix Pit Crew?
Red Bull Pit Stop Challenge will offering fans the chance to perform a timed tire change on a real F1 chassis using real F1 pit change tools.
Participants will work in teams of 2 to change two wheels as fast as possible. The fastest times will win Red Bull Racing merchandise, with the top prize consisting of the opportunity for each player on the confirmed winning team to meet Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Drivers, Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.
20 Sep, 11AM-10PM: Raffles Place (outside 1 Alt Cafe and Bar)
21-22 Sep, 6PM-10PM: Clarke Quay (Yin Bar & Lounge)
Keep the adrenaline pumping at MARQUEE
Singapore's largest nightclub MARQUEE boasts an indoor ferris wheel and a constellation of A-list international and local DJs that never fails to keep the city alive.
On Friday (20 Sept), wave off the race weekend with DJ Rukus, touted as the most sought-after DJ in the world by GQ Magazine and on Saturday (21 Sept), party away Day 2 with Carnage also known as El Diablo. Yes, he has quite a few accolades under his belt, having performed at major music festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival.
20 Sep, from 10PM: Early bird tickets available online now
21 Sep, from 10PM: Tickets sold out online; available at the door
Marquee is located at B1-67, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Rub shoulders with A-listers and F1 drivers at The Podium Lounge
Party like a VIP and mingle with the stars at the Podium Lounge, a well-known hotspot where celebrities and F1 drivers rub shoulders after the race.
Featuring its most glitzy and star-studded lineup yet with Sporty Spice Melanie C, Daniel Jones (Savage Garden), The Cuban Brothers and Raleigh Ritchie (Grey Worm from Game of Thrones), Singapore’s Grand Prix season after-party hotspot The Podium Lounge returns from 20 Sept to 22 Sept at The Ritz-Carlton.
Over all three nights, Savage Garden’s Daniel Jones will headline the event with Kathleen de Leon of the Hi-5 show. The couple will perform live on stage together.
Get ready to bump into A-listers and Formula 1 drivers (Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory at The Podium Lounge last year), and dance the night away with the headlining acts.
Ex-Formula 1 Driver and TV Celebrity Alex Yoong and E! News Asia’s Yvette King will welcome guests from 10pm until late each night.
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Address: 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039799
Operating Hours: 10PM – 4AM nightly
Prices: Prices start from $188 for general admission while VIP tables start from $1,688