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CATEGORIES: Formula 1 | SIngapore F1 | Sport     DATE: Jul 6, 2017 @ 10:23 am

The FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX: What Makes The First F1™ Night Race So Unique

The Crown Jewel of FORMULA 1™. The 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX is something every FORMULA 1™ fan needs to behold. Drawing throngs of international and regional visitors each year, the atmosphere is electric. The challenge of racing a tight street circuit under streetlights, combined with a tropical climate, produces truly exhilarating motorsport.

While the engine heads are walking the pit lane, the rest of the family or friends can be off wandering the streets of Singapore in search of a cultural, food, or shopping fix. That’s the true beauty of this event – there’s something for everybody, with off-track entertainment options for every taste and budget.

“Singapore has an amazing atmosphere, and the whole city comes to life for the race weekend. It’s just unreal, and I would recommend anybody to go, as it’s a fantastic experience” – Nico Rosberg

Sportsnet’s Singapore Grand Prix Lunch, now on its 5th edition, is a major drawcard for diehard racing fans. Including an extensive overview of the upcoming race, an up-close interview with our special guest legend of the sport, and opportunities for autographs & photos, it always proves popular.

Those who are after A-list variety events can opt for the latest theatre acts or haute fashion shows. While others may choose to check out the race-themed menus at restaurants around the circuit or party it up with the hottest DJ acts in town for the race weekend. Foodies can make a beeline for anyone of the numerous Michelin restaurant options, head to Chinatown for Asian delicacies, or sample local food at the iconic Lau Pa Sat food centre.

If you’re culturally inclined, then the exhibitions at the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum will keep you enthralled. For a dose of multicultural Singapore, head by the cultural precincts Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam. The endless malls and designer stores along Orchard Road and Marina Bay should take care of any shopping itches.

However, the Grand Prix remains the season’s main act. With 23 tight tricky corners over a 5km lap, the allure of FORMULA 1TM’s only night street race, and a bustling crowd, there’s certainly no denying the fact. Although post-race concerts have recently become a beast of their own; 2017 is set to feature international heavyweights Calvin Harris, Duran Duran & Ariana Grande to name but a few.

Back on the track, you’ll see drivers pushing their cars to max speeds of around 323kph. In temperatures of around 30 degree Celsius with 70% humidity, it can get as hot as 55 degrees inside the cars at racing speed. As a result, drivers can lose up to 3kg of fluid over a 2-hour race. Drivers know it’s challenging, but most relish it.

“Singapore is the most physical challenge of the year for an F1 driver. A street circuit already requires a high level of concentration, and doing that with the humidity of Singapore is fun but challenging” – Daniel Ricciardo

The Singapore race circuit requires a lot of focus, and there’s no room for mistakes with the barriers so close. As is the case with most street circuits, overtaking is tricky in Singapore, meaning pole position is more valuable than usual. In fact, 7 of the 9 races prior to 2017 were won by the car at the front of the grid. That’s not to say drivers don’t try. Shunts are a common sight, so it’s no surprise that every FORMULA 1TM race in Singapore has featured at least one safety car deployment. As a fan it certainly makes for an enthralling watch!

Technical, challenging, unique, and a weekend you’ll never forget. The 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX really is worth the trip. 2017 is the race’s 10th anniversary, so mark your calendar. If you haven’t already, then be sure to check out our travel packages here!

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