Singapore Grand Prix: Pre-race Day (Qualifiers)
The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, held annually on the Marina Bay Street Circuit is the only night race that’s part of the F1 calender. This ‘ere is about the qualifying sessions. If you want to find out what happens on race day you need to click here. Aight. Let’s begin!
You’ll need to collect your tickets first, it’s a smooth process (don’t forget your confirmation like me).
As you wander around Singapore you’ll see road closures and metal fences. If you need to get somewhere consult a map to find the fastest route.
Then you need to find the gate to enter with your pass. If you’ve got a 1-4 ticket you can get in anywhere.
Whatever time you enter, have a walk around.
There’s a lot going on, plus drinks and food. Stop and have a vino.
I headed to Zone 4 to meet friends where there’s lots going on.
From the bars you can see the parade. Just. Can you spot the praying mantis? Or is it a grasshopper? Or a cricket? Who knows.
Take in a few drinks from the numerous bars. Remember you’ll probably be paying over the odds and the queues are long so grab yourself a couple when you’re there.
Then head to the tracks to find a spot to watch the qualifiers. It’s busy. And don’t forget your ear plugs.
There’s people everywhere, but the crowds aren’t many rows deep and people move around a lot so you’re easily able to see some action.
No idea who this is.
No idea who these are either. They just go by so damn quickly.
Take a look around at the skyline too, it looks pretty nice. A ha.
The toilet queues in the busy Zone 4 are as expected, so don’t wait til the last minute.
After the qualifiers, it’s time to head over to the grassy area of the Padang Stage for what a lot of people buy the ticket for – the concert.
Whilst it looks heaving, there’s a lot of space on the grassy area so you’ll be able to find a space easily while you patiently wait for the evening’s concert to kick off.
And wheh-hey, in 2013 it was The Killers. So somebody told me ..
C’mon everyone. Smile like you mean it.
You might not be a soldier, but you should still have soul.
You’re reading my mind if you’re thinking it was a great atmosphere and a great concert (Rihanna the following night wasn’t half as good as The Killers).
And the day is done. If you want more, and you probably do, read about the race day.
Weather: hot and humid
Further Information: Singapore F1 Grand Prix Website