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.

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit

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.

Gate 3, Singapore Grand Prix, Pre-race day qualifying sessions

Gate 3, Singapore Grand Prix, Pre-race day qualifying sessions

Whatever time you enter, have a walk around.

Singapore Grand Prix, Zone 3

Singapore Grand Prix, Pre-race day qualifying sessions, Zone 3

There’s a lot going on, plus drinks and food.  Stop and have a vino.

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Pre-race day qualifying sessions, Zone 3

Singapore Grand Prix, Zone 3, glass of wine

I headed to Zone 4 to meet friends where there’s lots going on.

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Pre-race day qualifying sessions, Zone 4

Singapore Grand Prix, Pre-race day qualifying sessions, Zone 4

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.

Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Pre-race day qualifying sessions, Zone 4

Singapore Grand Prix, , Qualifiers, Zone 4 Parade

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.

Singapore Grand Prix, Zone 4 bar area

Singapore Grand Prix, Zone 4 bar area

Then head to the tracks to find a spot to watch the qualifiers.  It’s busy.  And don’t forget your ear plugs.

Singapore Grand Prix, spectators at the qualifiers

Singapore Grand Prix, spectators at the qualifiers

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.

Singapore Grand Prix, spectators at the qualifiers

Singapore Grand Prix, spectators at the qualifiers

No idea who this is.

Qualifiers, Singapore Grand Prix

Qualifiers, Singapore Grand Prix

No idea who these are either.  They just go by so damn quickly.

Qualifiers, Singapore Grand Prix

Qualifiers, Singapore Grand Prix

Take a look around at the skyline too, it looks pretty nice.  A ha.

Skyline from Zone 4, Singapore Grand Prix Qualifiers

Skyline from Zone 4, Singapore Grand Prix Qualifiers

The toilet queues in the busy Zone 4 are as expected, so don’t wait til the last minute.

Toilet queues at the Singapore Grand Prix

Toilet queues at the Singapore Grand Prix

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.

Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

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.

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

And wheh-hey, in 2013 it was The Killers.  So somebody told me ..

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

C’mon everyone.  Smile like you mean it.

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

You might not be a soldier, but you should still have soul.

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

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).

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

The Killers, Padang Stage, Singapore Street Circuit, Singapore Grand Prix

And the day is done.  If you want more, and you probably do, read about the race day.

When:  September

Weather:  hot and humid

Further Information:  Singapore F1 Grand Prix Website

Posted by Sunburnt Back

3 Comments

  1. Seeing this post on your front page made me think: you got me there! I am a F1 fan since I was a child and have been to some amazing circuits, but Singapore is still on my bucket list! Lucky you 😉

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    1. Glad you got to ‘kind of’ visit it, and hopefully you’ll make it in person one day! I love the atmosphere at F1s and now want to go to a few more!

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      1. Thank you 🙂 I hope so too!! Next year I will be in Singapore, but not for the race 😦 maybe in a another year!
        I am a crazy fan of F1 and have been to a few races in different countries and I love it! 😀

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