|The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix has established itself as one of the world’s great sporting events, a spectacle few can match. The world’s finest drivers threading the barriers under lights at up to 320km/h, trackside parties, live performances from top international artists, all of it in the heart of Singapore – a buzzing, beautiful metropolis.
It’s no surprise then, that since the inaugural event back in 2008, an average of 250,000 spectators have flooded into the Marina Bay Street Circuit each year –with almost 400 million more watching via TV globally.
And this September, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will celebrate a special milestone – its 10th edition, which is expected to be a blockbuster with a titanic battle ongoing for the world championship between F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, Mercedes versus Ferrari.
Naturally, putting on F1’s showcase event is a source of pride, not only for the organisers – but Singaporeans as well.
“From the outset, we wanted to create a memorable event that stood out from any sporting event here,” says Michael Roche, Singapore GP Executive Director.
“This is a fantastic platform to showcase the best of Singapore – the spectacular city skyline, award-winning attractions, architecture and dining options, dynamic shopping districts as well as a buzzing nightlife.”
On-track, the action never stops with F1 supported by Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific and the super-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup Asia series.
Off-track, it’s parties galore, race-themed activities for the whole family, as well as live performances from some of the biggest international artists.
This year’s line-up is one of the best-ever with global DJ sensation Calvin Harris, pop superstar Ariana Grande, synth-pop veterans Duran Duran, US pop rockers OneRepublic, American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, British singer-songwriters Seal, and Lianne La Havas, and spoken word performer George the Poet.
Naturally, for those discerning individuals looking for the ultimate experience – the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix delivers like no other.
The unrivalled golden ticket is the Formula One Paddock Club, where royalty, industry and rock stars rub shoulders in an exclusive enclave designed to not only put each client closer to the action, but also immerse them in unbridled luxury. It is, absolutely, the finest way to enjoy F1.
And this year, Singapore’s Formula One Paddock Club will see the highly anticipated debut of Hollywood Road by Hong Kong’s award-winning restaurant group Maximal Concepts, showcasing the very best of Asian and Western culinary techniques.
Led by chefs Russell Doctrove and Lee Man Sing, famous for their Hong Kong restaurants Mott 32, Blue Butcher & Meat Specialist, Fish & Meat, Brickhouse, Limewood, Stockton and Mercedes me, guests can enjoy F1 while dining on signature dishes like Foie Gras Cotton Candy, Crispy Sugar-coated BBQ Iberico Pork Bun with Kumquat, and Toro Tiradito with Dragon Fruit and Red Juice.
Hollywood Road will sit alongside Japanese celebrity-chef and restaurateur NOBU, featuring their seasonal autumn menu with sustainable seafood produce such as mini “Chira-shi” cup sushi, Tuna/Salmon Tataki with Matsuhisa Dressing and Chilean Seabass Jalapeno Miso. Two Michelin starred Les Amis’ pastry chef Cheryl Koh of Tarte will be also be back with her colourful dessert creations.
The ever-popular world-renowned celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will also return for a 10th year, showcasing his signature dishes from the newly opened The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, with dishes such as Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza, Steamed Lobster with Yuzu Ginger Dressing and Bok Choy as well as Roasted Foie Gras with Lychee, Black Olive and Rose.
Also back by popular demand with a specially curated menu is COMO Cuisine, known for their healthful cuisines that delight clean and sophisticated palates.
All this, before you even think about the unrivalled view of the action from the Paddock Club suites, or the daily Pit Lane Walk, where you can enjoy exclusive access to see the mechanics work on the F1 cars in the team garages.
Of course, other hospitality options include the luxurious Sky Suites, directly across from the F1 team garages, Club Suites and the Green Room on the main pit straight, and the Turn 3 Premier Grandstand for a fantastic view of the opening corners (1-3) and the action that happens there lap-after-lap.
There’s also the new industrial-themed Apex Lounge, which redefines cool in the world of sports hospitality.
The Apex Lounge, part of the Pit Straight hospitality facility, features a spacious split-level experience with plush seating areas, ambient lighting and concrete finishes – for an amazing F1 party experience.
“Showcasing live DJ sets, the lounge seamlessly transitions from lounge to club where guests can party in an airy open setting with floor to celling windows in between the on-track action where they get an amazing view of the track and the podium from a private viewing gallery,” says Jonathan Hallett, Singapore GP Director.
Apex Lounge guests can also look forward to gastronomic delights with multiple live food stations ranging from freshly prepared tapas to nitrogen ice-cream accompanied by specialist cocktails, craft scotch whiskies and sake bars.
Keen to kick on after the event? Follow the F1 drivers to the official after-party at the Amber Lounge, a pop-up nightclub close to the track where the racers cool down after 61 laps of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
“This race is always a highlight of the season,” says Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
“A great city, which looks really spectacular under lights, with the tricky street circuit below – my favourite kind of track to drive.”
The 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will be held from September 15-17, with tickets available at singaporegp.sg. To book your hospitality package email ho[email protected]
F1 specialist, Stewart Bell 8/8/17