More than 250,000 people head to Singapore each year for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix – but not only for the main race. This is everything you need to know about what to see, what to do and where to eat during this incredible spectacle.
The event runs for three days from 20-22 September, with action kicking off daily from late afternoon. On-track, the action never stops with practice, qualifying and races throughout the weekend from three different series: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific and – of course – Formula 1. The main event, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2019, is held on Sunday 22 September at 8.10pm local time.
The 5.063 kilometre circuit winds its way around Marina Bay, with the main straight right next to the famous Singapore Flyer. Turn 5 leads onto the back straight, which is Raffles Boulevard during the day, and also takes in the National Gallery Singapore.
But it’s so much more than motorsport, with this year’s entertainment line-up featuring headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwen Stefani, Swedish House Mafia, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Hans Zimmer and Toots and the Maytals.
It's best to stay off the roads yourself and instead get around on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train system. The Singapore Tourist Pass provides unlimited train and bus use, with the three-day option costing SG$20 (AU$21.25).
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Beyond the Marina Bay Street Circuit Park, which covers an area equivalent to around 80 soccer fields, Singapore is buzzing with precinct parties at famed shopping strip Orchard Road, nightlife hub Clarke Quay and historical district Kampong Glam. There’s also Amber Lounge Singapore, the official F1 after-party where many of the Grand Prix drivers wind down. You’ll find it just outside the Circuit Park at the exit of Gate 2 on the Saturday and Sunday nights.
What to do while you're there
Singapore is a foodie’s paradise, but where do you start? Chef Neil Perry, Qantas’s Creative Director – Food, Beverage and Service, has a few tips. He is bringing Rockpool to Singapore’s opulent Formula 1 Paddock Club again this year, alongside The Hind’s Head by Heston Blumenthal.
“[Go to] Tai Wah pork noodles at Upper Cross road for the noodles and the pork and the black vinegar and the chili,” he says. “You can have it with soup, or soup on the side – dry-style. That’s really worth seeking out.”
“And Kok Sen at 30 Keong Saik Road [has] pretty classic fried chicken and claypot fish with spring onions, black pepper beef, frogs legs, that sort of stuff."
Kick on at Club Street and Ann Siang Hill in Chinatown, where you’ll find some of the city-state’s best food and bars.