“Singapore is an unforgettable event. I think Singapore offers a great show for the Formula One fans, the cars come across on the TV like they’re in a computer game and the scenery is amazing.” SEBASTIAN VETTEL 2010 Formula OneTM World Champion
Since 2008, Singapore has been the proud host of the world’s only Formula One night race heralded as ‘the jewel in the Formula One crown.’
The 5.073km Marina Bay Street Circuit presents a riveting combination of long straights and challenging turns, a stern examination even for the finest drivers.
Come September 2011, this dramatic race set against the backdrop of heritage buildings, iconic modern architecture and a glowing city skyline, will once again enthral crowds with a unique combination of sights, sound and an electric atmosphere at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
2011 looks set to be a nail-biting and unpredictable season with five former champions competing, new drivers ont he grid and numerous technical rule changes.
Located near five subway stations, the circuit is just a stone’s throw from five-star hotels, cultural sites, a casino, shopping malls and numerous food and entertainment centres. Witness first-hand Formula One cars racing on public roads at exhilarating speeds of up to 300km/h.
In addition to the Formula One action and support races on the track, spectators can catch a myriad of entertainment performances including international headlining artistes - all with just the one race ticket. As part of the S$5 million entertainment line-up within the circuit park, multi award-winning band Linkin Park has been confirmed as the headlining act on the race day 25 September 2011 at the Padang main stage.
“... the Singapore Grand Prix has become one of the highlights of the Formula One calendar. The broadcast footage of the cars racing around in the fading evening light, against the glittering backdrop of the city, has set new standards in televised sport.” MARTIN WHITMARSH TEAM PRINCIPAL Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes
PADANG Catch daily headlining acts such as Linkin Park on Sunday at the Padang main stage.
T14 Scene of the 2009 incident involving Adrian Sutil, Nick Heidfeld and Jaime Alguersuari which forced Sutil to retire early in the race.
T17-18 Apart from the notorious Nelson Piquet Jr incident in 2008, Raikkonen, Sutil and Kobayashi were just some of the drivers who had difficulty tackling this section of the track.
PIT STRAIGHT Mark Webber slammed his car into the pit wall, bringing out the red flag in the second practice session in 2009.
T7 McLarenâ€™s Hamilton retired after making contact with Webberâ€™s Red Bull.
T2 It was at this spot that the race ended for Webber of Red Bull in 2009, when his car hit the barriers.
F1 VILLAGE Samba dancers add to the carnivalesque atmosphere throughout the circuit park.
PIT STRAIGHT Kovalainen bravely douses the flames of his Lotus in one of the most dramatic moments of the 2010 season.
Conveniently located in the heart of Singapore, the expansive 700,000sqm Marina Bay Street Circuit offers some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks that combine the country’s colonial heritage with 21st century architecture. Here are some highlights.
Built at a cost of S$40m at the only purpose- built section of the track, the Pit Building is 350 metres long and three stories high. With an overall floor space measuring 23,000sqm, it is also home to 36 garages, the Media Centre, VIP hospitality areas and the prestigious Formula One Padock ClubTM.
This four-pillared landmark was built in memory of the civilians killed during the Japanese occupation of Singapore during World War II. In 2009, Turn 7 was offically named the ‘Memorial’ as a tribute to this historic structure.
THE 09 PADANG 10 TURNS
Perhaps the finest of Singapore’s buildings, the old Supreme Court with Corinthian columns dates from 1939. Just beside it is the City Hall, built in 1929 and was the site of the Japanese surrender in 1945 during World War II. It was also the site where Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew declared Singapore’s independence from Britain unilaterally in 1963. Both monuments will be repurposed as the National Art Gallery by 2014.
The circuit skirts what used to be the centre of Singapore’s colonial life for sporting events and social gatherings. Today, the Padang (Malay for ‘playing field’) is still used as a recreational space. In 2010, concerts held over the Grand Prix weekend here attracted over 30,0000 spectators daily.
VICTORIA THEATER AND
In the course of its nearly 150-year history, apart from being a focal point for arts and cultural entertainment, this Victorian-era landmark with is distinctive architecture was once a town hall, hospital and a war crime trials court. Just beyond the Victoria Theatre stands the bronze statue of Singapore’s founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, erected in 1887. Originally built as a mansion in 1827, the building subsequently served as Singapore’s Parliament House untill 1999. In 2004, the building was renamed “The Arts House” and is now a prominent arts centre.
Constructed in the 1910, this grand dame turned 100 in 2010. Crossing the mouth of the Singapore River, the Anderson Bridge was built to ease the traffic situation into town. During the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942-1945), the severed heads of criminals were hung on the bridge as a warning to discourage citizens from breaking the law
Standing at 8.6 metres tall, this sculpture has been relocated three times since its creation in 1972. The majestic head is synonymous with the city’s ‘Lion’ moniker while the fish-tail represents its humble seafaring origins.
Often likened to the ‘durian’, a tropical fruit with thorns similiar to those on the rooftop of this iconic building, the Esplanade is a venue for concerts, recitals, and other performances. Boasting superb acoustics, the concert hall is one of only five such halls in the world with similiar state-of-the-art acoustic features. One of the oldest parks in Singapore, the Esplanade Park holds many of Singapore’s Historical landmarks - notably the Queen Elizabeth Walk, the former Indian National Army Monument site, the Cenotaph, the Tan Kim Seng Fountain, and the Lim Bo Seng Memorial
Opened just last year, the spectacular steel and glass Helix Bridge offers stunning views of the city skyline and additional pedestrian access to the circuit from the Marina Bay Sands’ integrated resort and casino. Its unique double-helix spiral structure is a world’s first in architectural and engineering bridge design.
Offering breathtaking views of the city, the world’s largest observation wheel sits at the final few corners of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Over the race weekend, the Flyer’s carpark is converted into a Support Paddock for the support races such as the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and JK Racing Asia Series. All Zone 1 & 2 ticket-holders will recieve complimentary rides on the Singapore Flyer during the race weekend.
track formulas K.Raikkonen, 2008
fastest ever lap time clocked on the Marina Bay Street Circuit
maximum speed recorded on the circuit
est. time Heikki Kovalainenâ€™s Lotus was on fire in the last lap of the 2010 race
of track action
1,500 2,600 1,695 21 2,640 DAYS
lighting projectors concrete barriers Techpro barriers to assemble the Techpro barriers with 10 people tyres for all race cars
350 469 17 686,609 800,000 10,000 M
length of Pit Building fire extinguishers on standby distance travelled by TrackJet machine to clean the track surface total land area of the circuit park tonnes of air and sea-freight equipment brought in by Formula One teams of debris fencing
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million entertainment budget for 2011 cost of the basketball-court sized stage at the Padang entertainers concert spectators at the Padang daily bands performance stages
82,800 glasses of beer
people who matter
70,000 glasses of champagne
250 Suite Ambassadors 55 Gride Girls 1,004 Marshals 26 various nationalities of Marshals 57,544: no. of race hours officials committed to training and duty 244,050 spectators over three days 263 spectator medical personnel on standby 350 kitchen staff to serve hospitality suite guests
100,000 glasses of soft drinks 6 million cubes of ice 65,000 plates 50,000 sticks of satay 10,500 hospitality guests per day
sold for charity
of vintage cars that participated in the Driversâ€™ Parade
RACE Officials during race week