Singapore Grand Prix Fires Up

Formula One enthusiast are showing symptoms of withdrawal due to the sport’s midseason break. But they are looking forward to more racing action when the Singapore Grand Prix flies into action.

The Singapore Grand Prix will run between Sept. 16 and 18 on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Adjacent to Singapore’s central business district is where the street course runs about 5 km through the bay area.

The course runs on some of the city-state’s landmarks or by its sides through places such as the Anderson Bridge, the Esplanade building and the Fullerton Hotel.

In Singapore, the racing is fierce and tight, and it can often be compared to the Monaco Grand Prix because of the street layout and the course’s unforgiving nature.

The runoff areas in other course are relatively small, so Formula One drivers run right beside walls on most of the circuit.

The Singapore GP’s innovation includes the nighttime setting. In Formula One, Singapore was the first night race. Lewis Hamilton, F1’s current championship leader, calls the night setting “a highlight of the season: a great city which looks spectacular under the lights.”

For the Filipino enthusiast, the Singapore Grand Prix has been one of the most famous races.

According to William Herrera of Red Rock Travel who is also a GP authorised reseller, “Proximity is an expedient factor in the race.

In the history of F1, this is the very first night race without the scorching sun over your head at the grandstands; it is comfortable. Seeing cars running under the lights is an entirely different viewing experience,” he says.

The circuit will include the TCR International Series, the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

The TCR International Series will field production touring cars such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Honda Civic, and Subaru STI. While the Ferrari Challenge will run 570 hp 458 Challenge Evos and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, now on its 14th season, will pit some of the best sports car drivers in identical 460-hp 911 GT3 Cup race cars.

The entertainment package innovation has made the Singapore Grand Prix a popular attraction. As after the circus have been concluded by the racing machines, the spectators are in for some spectacular entertainment.

The 2016 Singapore Grand Prix will showcase Halsey and Imagine Dragons in a full-length concert.

Electro-pop singer and songwriter Halsey (aka Ashley Frangipane) will perform before the race at the Padang Stage. She is popular for her single titled “Ghost,” which has over 23 million views on YouTube. Her debut studio album ‘’Badlands” is ranked No. 2 on Billboard 200, and was certified gold. Halsey global tour has a sold out status across five continents.

The rock band Imagine Dragons—frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman—won a Grammy for the Best Rock Performance in 2014 for “Radioactive.”

The alternative rock band has also won a World Music Award, two Teen Choice Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards. Over 3.9 million albums and 24 million tracks of their double-platinum album Night Visions have been sold. Their latest album “Smoke+Mirrors” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. They will thrill the race fans after the Grand Prix.

Other acts will also take the stage such as Kylie Minogue, Queen+Adam Lambert, and KC and the Sunshine Band. There will also be performances by Pentatonix and Bastille.

Herrera said that: “Singapore GP also ensured that both race fans and non-race fans would be well entertained all weekend long by loading up the event with concerts, roving performance artists, and lots of food and beverage outlets”.

Thanks to the Singapore Grand Prix’s collaboration with Music Matters Live as Up and coming acts will get a chance to shine in an independent music festival.