SINGAPORE — Formula One racing makes its return to Singapore from 30 September to 2 October, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will be held for the 13th time as a night race at the Marina Bay street circuit, and continue to do so until 2028, following a contract extension signed in January this year.
Also returning are the entertainment acts on the sideline of the event, as stars such as Green Day, Black Eyed Peas and Westlife are set to thrill their fans amid the rip-roaring action on the race track.
Here's everything you need to know about this edition of the Singapore GP:
Lead-up to this year's race
SINGAPORE GP RACE DETAILS
Race date: 30 September to 2 October
Marina Bay circuit length: 5.063 kilometres
Number of laps: 61
Past winners: Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019), Lewis Hamilton (2009, 2014, 2017, 2018), Fernando Alonso (2008, 2010), Nico Rosberg (2016).
30 September race schedule: TSS The Super Series practice session (2.30pm, 3.45pm), F1 first practice session (6pm), W Series practice session (7.45pm), F1 second practice session (9pm)
1 October race schedule: TSS The Super Series first race (3.10pm), W Series qualifying session (4.45pm), F1 third practice session (6pm), F1 qualifying session (9pm).
2 October race schedule: TSS The Super Series second race (3.10pm), W Series race (4.45pm), F1 drivers' track parade (6pm), F1 race (8pm).
Available tickets - Pit Entry Grandstand: ($1,288 for 3 days). Padang Grandstand: Friday ($138), Saturday ($298) Stamford Grandstand: Friday ($128) Bay Grandstand: Friday ($98), Saturday ($198) Premier Walkabout: Friday ($148) Zone 4 Walkabout: Friday ($98), Saturday ($188). Turn 1 Wheelchair Accessible Platform: Three-day package ($448) Empress Wheelchair Accessible Platform: Friday ($38), Saturday ($88).
F1 SEASON STATS
Current drivers' standings: 1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) 335 points 2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 219pts 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing) 210pts 4. George Russell (Mercedes) 203pts. 5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 187pts 6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 168pts 7. Lando Norris (McLaren) 88pts 8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) 66pts 9. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) 59pts 10. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 46pts 11. Pierre Gasly (Alphatauri) 22pts 12. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 22pts 13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 20pts 14. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 19pts 15. Mick Schumacher (Haas) 12pts 16. Yuki Tsunoda (Alphatuari) 11pts 17. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) 6pts 18. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 5pts 19. Alexander Albon (Williams) 4pts 20. Nyck de Vries (Williams) 2pts 21. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 0pts 22. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) 0pts.
Current constructors' standings: 1. Red Bull Racing 545 points 2. Ferrari 406pts 3. Mercedes 371pts 4. Alpine Renault 125pts 5. McLaren Mercedes 107pts 6. Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52pts 7. Haas Ferrari 34pts 8. Alphatauri RBPT 33pts 9. Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes 25pts 10. Williams Mercedes 6pts.
THREE KEY TALKING POINTS
Can Max Verstappen clinch the overall title in Singapore?
Last year's overall champion Max Verstappen has had a dominant 2022 season, racking up 11 wins from 16 races so far this season. The Dutchman has earned 335 points, a massive 116 points ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and 125 points ahead of his Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez in the drivers' standings.
What this means is that Verstappen could clinch this season's overall title at the Marina Bay street circuit, if he wins the night race and takes the fastest lap, while Leclerc finishes no higher than eighth and Perez does not make the podium. If he does manage that, it will be the first time that the F1 drivers' title is won in Singapore.
Last hurrah for Sebastian Vettel
Not only is Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel technically the defending champion of the Singapore Grand Prix, having won the 2019 race before it went on a two-year hiatus, but the German is also the undisputed king of Marina Bay with five race wins (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019).
The 36-year-old announced in July that he will retire from F1 racing at the end of the season, putting an end to a glorious career in which he won the drivers' title four times in the 2010s. It will be an especially poignant send-off for Vettel in a circuit where his brilliance thrilled thousands of fans in the last decade.
Can Hamilton salvage a disappointing season?
Along with Vettel, Lewis Hamilton has been the leading light for F1 in the past decade. This season, however, the Briton has struggled with his Mercedes car, has yet to win a race ahead of Singapore and is in danger of going winless for the first time in his 16-year F1 career.
Still, with four race wins in Singapore to his name, it will be unwise to count Hamilton out of contention, especially if conditions get wet. With six races left in the season, he will be desperate to end a disappointing year on a positive note.
ENTERTAINMENT ACTS, F1 PARTIES
A key draw for the Singapore Grand Prix is the slew of trackside entertainment for fans to party on before and after the races on all three days. Here is the line-up of entertainment acts for this year's race:
Main stage act - Zone 4 Padang Stage: Marshmello (10.30pm)
General stage acts - Zone 1 Sunset Stage: Third Degree (5.30pm), Altoduo (7pm), The Ramona Flowers (8.15pm), Salammusik (10.05pm). Zone 1 Wharf Stage: The Countdown (8pm), ScRach MarcS (10.10pm). Zone 3 Uptown: EATMEPOPTART (7pm), Ihasamic! x Wovensound (8.15pm), Nysah Tan feat. Ridz Razali (10.05pm) Zone 4 Waterside: Ice Cream Sundays (5.30pm), DJ Joshua P (8.15pm). Zone 4 Downtown: DJ Joshua P (5.30pm), Nysah Tan feat. Ridz Razali (6.30pm), Ice Cream Sundays (7.45pm), INCH (8.40pm), EATMEPOPTART (9.35pm. Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Stage: Bandits On The Run (7.15pm), ShiGGa Shay (8.15pm), When Chai Met Toast (10.15pm). Zone 4 Padang Stage: Wings (7pm), Kaguzuchi (8.15pm).
Roving acts - Zone 1: Nomad, Mark Wong, Glitter Belles, Bloco Singapura, Green Drumming. Zone 3: ScRach MarcS, Flower Men, Nomad. Zone 4: Bloco Singapura, Flower Men, Brazilian Fantasy, ScRach MarcS, Third Degree, Kaguzuchi.
Main stage acts - Zone 1 Wharf Stage: TLC (5.20pm), Suede (7.20pm). Zone 4 Padang Stage: Black Eyed Peas (7.30pm), Westlife (10.25pm).
General stage acts - Zone 1 Sunset Stage: Mantravine (5.20pm), Bandits On The Run (7pm), Seinabo Sey (8.15pm), Garden City Movement (10.05pm). Zone 1 Wharf Stage: Kaguzuchi (10.05pm). Zone 3 Uptown: Altoduo (5.20pm), The Countdown (7pm), DJ Joshua P (7.30pm), ShiGGa Shay (8.15pm), ScRach MarcS (10.05pm). Zone 4 Waterside: DJ Joshua P (4.15pm, 5.15pm), DJ A/K/A (7pm, 10pm). Zone 4 Downtown: DJ Nicolette (4pm, 5.35pm), When Chai Met Toast (4.45pm), The Ramona Flowers (6.45pm), Ihasamic! x Wovensound (8.45pm), WUKONG (9.35pm), Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Stage: The Venopian Solitude (5.15pm), iDKHOW (7pm), Nysah Tan feat. Ridz Razali (8.30pm), Salammusik (10.15pm).
Roving acts - Zone 1: Bloco Singapura, Brazilian Fantasy, Third Degree, Flower Men, Mark Wong. Zone 3: Glitter Belles, Brazilian Fantasy. Zone 4: Mark Wong, Nomad, Green Drumming, ScRach MarcS, Bloco Singapura.
Main stage acts - Zone 1 Wharf Stage: Black Eyed Peas (6.15pm). Zone 4 Padang Stage: The Kid LAROI (6pm), Green Day (10.25pm).
General stage acts - Zone 1 Sunset Stage: Third Degree (4.20pm), When Chai Met Toast (5.20pm), The Venopian Solitude (7pm), Nysah Tan feat. Ridz Razali (10pm). Zone 1 Wharf Stage: iDKHOW (4.30pm), Ice Cream Sundays (10.05pm). Zone 3 Uptown: Nomad (4.15pm), Mantravine (5.30pm), Ice Cream Sundays (6.10pm), INCH (7.10pm), Kaguzuchi (10pm). Zone 4 Waterside: Ice Cream Sundays (4.50pm), DJ Aurora (5.30pm, 7.10pm), DJ A/K/A (10pm). Zone 4 Downtown: ScRach MarcS (4.15pm), Bandits on the Run (5.15pm), Salammusik (7.05pm), DJ A/K/A (7.55pm, 9pm), Altoduo (8.25pm), Garden City Movement (9.35pm). Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Stage: Ihasamic! x Wovensound (5.20pm), Seinabo Sey (7pm), The Countdown (10.15pm).
Roving acts - Zone 1: Bloco Singapura, Brazilian Fantasy, Mark Wong, Glitter Belles, Third Degree. Zone 3: Flower Men. Zone 4: Green Drumming, Kaguzuchi, Flower Men, Third Degree, ScRach MarcS, Nomad.
Away from the track, Singapore is hosting F1 parties to dance the night away. Here are a selected few:
Mandala Weekender: Mandala Club will be taking over Hall C at Sands Expo and Convention Centre with top acts such as Kelis, Armand Van Helden and Basement Jaxx.
Cé La Vi Presents Grand Prix Cyber Rally 2022: The iconic rooftop destination Cé La Vi gears up with a four-day futuristic race-themed celebration.
Marquee Singapore 2022 Race Weekend: Marquee Singapore is throwing a stellar party with international DJs Steve Aoki and Afrojack headlining the race weekend.
GLAMboyant: A Kampong Gelam Party: The Kampong Gelam precinct is set to welcome guests with musical performances, fusion food fiestas, traditional dance displays and more.
PR1X at 1-Arden: The weekend party at the rooftop of CapitaSpring includes an impressive line-up of international and local DJs, as well as a collaboration with Silverleaf, London’s hottest new cocktail bar.
Andaz Singapore’s Race Party: Mr Stork at Andaz Singapore will be hosting a rooftop race party with a rotation of live DJ performances.
EVENT GUIDE, ROAD CLOSURES, COVID ADVISORY
Nearest drop-off points to gates:
Gates 1A and 1B (Republic Boulevard, Nicoll Highway) - MRT: Nicoll Highway Taxi: Temporary taxi stand at Concourse along Nicoll Highway Private hire: Park Royal Hotel on Beach Road (lobby), Concourse Skyline (lobby).
Gate 2 (Temasek Avenue) - MRT: Promenade Taxi: Millenia Walk, Millenia Tower, Suntec Towers, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. Private hire: Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel (lobby).
Gate 3 (Stamford) - MRT: City Hall, Esplanade. Taxi: Capitol Piazza, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel. Private hire: Raffles City, South Beach Tower, Capitol Piazza.
Gate 4 (Empress), 5 (Fullerton), 6 (Jubilee) - MRT: Raffles Place Taxi: Income@Raffles Private hire: Driveways at One Raffles Place and UOB Plaza.
Gate 7 (Marina Square) - MRT: Esplanade Taxi: Millenia Walk, Millenia Tower, Suntec Towers, Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. Private hire: Raffles City, South Beach Tower, Capitol Piazza.
Gate 8 (Helix) - MRT: Bayfront Taxi, private hire: Marina Bay Sands casino driveway.
As a vaccinated-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) event, all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated and will be asked to show proof of their vaccination status via the TraceTogether app upon entry. Local citizens can also show proof via the HealthHub app.
Overseas ticket-holders who are medically ineligible will need to be assessed by a doctor in Singapore for their status to be recognised.
MRT train service extensions
MRT train service hours will be extended on race days between 30 September and 2 October. Train services will be available at City Hall MRT station till 12.30am on 30 September and 1 October, and till 12.45am on 2 October.
The operating hours for selected feeder bus services will also be extended to match the last train services.
Affected roads will close from 12.01am on Wednesday (28 September) for the set-up of race infrastructure for the event. All roads will be fully accessible by 5.30am on 4 October.
To facilitate morning and evening peak hour traffic, several road corridors will be opened at selected hours during the road closure period:
28 & 29 September, from 5.30am to 10.00am - Towards Orchard Road: Collyer Quay >> St Andrew’s Road >> Stamford Road. Towards Shenton Way: Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive/Stamford Road. Towards Marina Boulevard: Republic Boulevard >> Raffles Avenue >> Bayfront Avenue.
30 September, from 5.30am to 10.00am - Towards Orchard Road: Collyer Quay >> St. Andrew’s Road >> Stamford Road. Towards Shenton Way: Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive/Stamford Road.
3 October, from 5.30am to 10.00am - Towards Shenton Way: Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive, Bras Basah Road >> Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive. Towards ECP (Changi Airport): Bras Basah Road >> Raffles Boulevard >> Republic Boulevard. Towards Marina Boulevard: Raffles Boulevard >> Temasek Avenue >> Bayfront Avenue.
3 October, from 5.00pm to 8.30pm - Towards Shenton Way: Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive/Stamford Road, Bras Basah Road >> Nicoll Highway >> Esplanade Drive. Towards Orchard Road: Esplanade Drive >> Nicoll Highway/Stamford Road. Towards ECP (Changi Airport): Bras Basah Road >> Raffles Boulevard >> Republic Boulevard, Bayfront Avenue >> Temasek Avenue >> Raffles Boulevard. Towards Marina Boulevard: Raffles Boulevard >> Temasek Avenue >> Bayfront Avenue.
Those who are driving to the area on race days – 1 and 2 October – can access the Marina Centre area via a single lane along Raffles Boulevard via Nicoll Highway or Temasek Boulevard from 12.00am to 1.00pm.
Taxis will also be able to use the single-lane access at all times except during the hours when the races are ongoing between 1 and 2 October. Car parks at Suntec City, Millenia Walk, and Marina Square will remain open to public.
Other tips for better race-going experience
Bring a reusable water bottle and refill at the in-circuit water refill stations. Dress to keep cool, and put on sunscreen and a cap when out in the sun. Ponchos are available for sale at official merchandise and information Booths when it is going to rain.
Should you feel unwell during the event, proceed to the nearest first-aid booth and notify the staff.
Tune in to 102FM on your FM receivers for live commentary on the races.
Food and beverages options are available in Zone 1 (Market Street, The Wharf, Coconut Grove), Zone 3 (under the Bay Grandstand) and Zone 4 (Portside Hawkers, Dockside Hawkers, Waterside).
Remote-controlled devices including drones are strictly not allowed, as there is a no-fly zone on and around the circuit during the F1 race period.
Zones 1, 2 and 3 patrons will be able to walk the track after the final race of each day and head on to the Padang to catch the headlining post-race concerts. Also, look out for a fireworks display once the chequered flag is waved at the end of the F1 race on Sunday.
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