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Preview: Singapore Grand Prix 2019

Photo by Shawn Ang, License

 

2019 will be the 12th year Singapore has been host to a “night race” Grand Prix around its streets. After years of discussion, rumour and hoping throughout the sport, 2007 saw Singapore host the first ever Formula One race to be held under artificial light. The idea behind this was to allow the race to be held at the usual early afternoon start time for European TV viewers. Other races held in Asia meant that fans had to either get up as early as 4am to watch the Grand Prix live, or avoid any spoilers from news broadcasts.

One positive side effect of the night race that was it created a unique spectacle, showing off the metallic finishes of the Formula One cars as they glistened under the powerful spot lights. The race was also to be finished with fireworks as the winning car crossed the finish line, a feature that has since been copied by other venues. The different light also meant that drivers used different visors on their helmets, which let fans see right into their eyes as they hurtled through the streets of Singapore.

In keeping with the incredible weekend of entertainment the Singapore Grand Prix has provided for the last 11 years, the 2019 race will provide top class entertainment both on the track and off. The title battle will be in its closing stages, with Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel and Valtteri Bottas all currently in contention. For fans that enjoy placing bets on Formula One races through companies like Fox Bet, the Singapore Grand Prix usually delivers thrills and spills and an almost guaranteed safety car or two. In addition, an all star line up of off track entertainment from Swedish House Mafia to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers will make the 2019 night race around the Singapore Streets a weekend to remember.

Photo by Shawn Ang, License

When Liberty Media bought Formula One in 2017, their plan was to make it possible to attend a Formula One race and be entertained whilst never looking at the track. To achieve this, they wanted huge lineups of musicians to perform concerts within the spectator areas.The Singapore Grand Prix has a rich history of this, with past performers including The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Simply Red, Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris.

In 2019, fans at the Singapore Grand Prix will be able to enjoy performances from Fatboy Slim, Gwen Stafani, Muse, Swedish House Mafia, Muse, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as local acts including singer-songwriter NJWA.

For fans with tickets in Zone 1, free access to the Singapore Flyer (the ferris wheel) is available all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday granting 165m high views around the circuit and the wider city. A range of racing simulators will be available in several areas around the circuit, allowing fans to show off their driving skills. For those that want to try their hand at being a Formula One mechanic, the Pit Stop Challenge will let fans change the tyres of a replica Formula One car using the same types of air guns used by the teams.

In Zone 4, located in the Clive District, fans can enjoy a wide range of experiences including silk screen printing, a maze, origami workshops and much more. Airbrush tattoos will also be available free of charge to fans in multiple areas around the circuit.

The Singapore Grand Prix always provides a great spectacle. With an almost guaranteed safety car thanks to the tight, twisty track and unforgiving barriers, and a world drivers’ championship that looks like it will go down to the wire, the 2019 race will be one to watch. For those more interested in the off-track action, hours of entertainment will be provided by a star-studded line up of musicians, and many other types of entertainment situated right around the circuit. Whether you’re a die hard Formula One fan, a casual follower of the sport, or more interested in the glitz and glamour of the Singapore night race, the 2019 Grand Prix will be sure to deliver.

The Singapore Grand Prix 2019 runs from 20th to 22nd September 2019. For more information and tickets, visit their website here

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