Five Things You Should Know About Singapore Grand Prix 2017

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Barely a decade on and the Singapore Grand Prix has established itself as one of Formula One’s ultimate destinations since its debut in 2008. Come September each year, the world gears up for the most exciting race of the season, watching fast cars roar by and the melody of engines fading away. After the dust settles, outrageously glamorous after-parties keep the night young and the weekend never ending. Glamorous it is, no doubt, and as the 2017 Formula One Singapore Grand Prix kicks off from September 15 – 17, check out some of the amazing things you have got to know about the ultimate race of the season:

NIGHT DRIVE

The Formula One season takes the racecourse to the finest corners of the world, with major host cities including Monaco to Italy, and Brazil to Abu Dhabi. At 5.067km, Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit may not be the only street race in the season, but it was Formula One’s inaugural night race. The set up puts Singapore in a fantastic light, as viewers watch the cars bullet by amid the spectacular skyline and dazzling streetlights, but the timing of the race has a far more practical reason – to accommodate the different time zones between Singapore and the Western countries.

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CUTTING CORNERS

The iconic Marina Bay Street Circuit boasts a stunning skyline – and then some. With 23 corners including 9 right handers and 14 left handers, the circuit boasts more corners than any other race circuit on the calendar. It comes as no surprise then, that Singapore also has one of the longest average lap times, putting on slightly on par with Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – which is a little less than 2km longer.

PRETTY POWERFUL

If the deafening roars of engines and mere seconds race cars take to whiz by aren’t enough indication of their speed, you might be surprised that its power reaches far beneath the surface. The year Singapore Grand Prix made its debut at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the circuit was revamped with an asphalt surface with a special Polymer Modified Binder (PMB) in anticipation of the ‘ripple effect’ force generated by the intensely high speeds. Before each race, even the manholes were welded shut, since the force from the speeds are strong enough to unearth the manhole covers!

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PARTY IN THE FAST LANE

Fast cars and glamorous trophies aside, the after-parties every bit as exciting as the great race.  Revellers can expect a weekend of high-octane entertainment and an exclusive VIP lifestyle experience at some of the biggest parties in the region, including the hotly anticipated ones at Amber Lounge and Podium Lounge. For something a little unconventional, bounce to Boudoir Noire from September 16 – 17 for an edgy yet elegant entertainment, with the Singapore performance debut of ex-Moulin Rouge burlesque queen Miss Fallon Dee.

FOR THE MUSIC AFICIONADOS

Even if you don’t particularly consider yourself a Formula One fan, there is good music and good vibes to look forward to. This year’s Podium Lounge party at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia will feature a dazzling line-up of entertainment, including Fierce
Angel with Mark Doyle (the creator of Hed Kandi). Grammy award-winning artists Coolio and Macy Gray will also be performing on the following nights of September 16 and 17, respectively.

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