Marina Bay Circuit Singapore Grand Prix
An agreement for a five-year deal was signed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, the Singapore Tourism Board and Bernie Ecclestone and Singapore will host the 2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.
The race was co-funded by the Government of Singapore who since then enjoyed a steady increase in tourism and hotel occupancy because of the inner city F1 circuit. Wait another year and you will have a 1000 bed casino on reclaimed land posing in the Marina too.
When the first Formula one race cars roared through Singapore on the new Marina Bay Street Circuit. As the 15th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship and it was also the first night-time event in Formula One history. Since then the event pulls in a great number of international race enthusiasts but also curious fans and corporate guests alike who just want to have a bit of fun and enjoy a good night out.
The timing of the night event meant that it could be broadcast live at a convenient time for European TV audiences. The track was also illuminated by a series of projectors which adapt their output to match the shape of the course. The race was won by Fernando Alonso driving for the Renault team, however that result has since been tarnished by controversy.
History of the Singapore Grand Prix:
First stages in 1961, the race was initially named the Orient Year Grand Prix. then renamed the Malaysian Grand Prix. After Singapore attained its independence in 1965, the race at the Thomson Road circuit was renamed to the Singapore Grand Prix. In 1973 the last grand prix was hosted then discontinued due to a number of reasons including an increase in traffic congestion, the inconvenience of closed roads for the event and fatal accidents.
Please be advised that the Land Transport Agency (LTA) have just announced the final road closures during the race week.
Singapore Flyer Rides
Located within the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the Singapore Flyer will be accessible to 2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX Zone 1 ticketholders from 15 to 17 September 2018
Zone 1 patrons will have free access to the Singapore Flyer on Friday from 2pm to 11.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 11.30pm. Ride on the 165m high observation wheel where you can enjoy a great view of the track especially the starting grid and finish line.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT
It is recommended that you take public transport to the Marina Bay Street Circuit – most gates are within walking distance to an MRT (subway) station. MRT train services will be increased to cope with the higher demand.
Tickets provide access to one or more zones, so you may only use the gates for the zones that you have access rights to. Your ticket states the recommended Gate to use for entering the Circuit Park.
➢ Guests with Zone 1 or Premier Walkabout tickets may enter through any gate. Zone 1 ticketholders can also take the free shuttle bus between Lavender MRT station and Gate 1 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
➢ Guest with Zone 3 (Bay Grandstand) tickets may enter through any Zone 4 gates. Please note that Zone 3 patrons cannot enter via Gate 10 on the Helix Bridge as this is in Zone 2.
➢ Guests with Zone 4 Grandstand or Walkabout tickets may only use Zone 4 gates.
ARRIVING AT THE CIRCUIT PARK
Gates open at 3.00pm and close at 12.30am daily. Please ensure that you come with the correct ticket for the corresponding day.
Upon arrival please have your ticket ready for inspection and, if you carry a bag, select the correct entry lane at the Gate. All bags will be searched for security purposes. Please wear your ticket at all times.
Insider Tip: We recommend that you travel light in order to clear the gates without delay – leave your bag at home!
All patrons, including children, must have a valid ticket. Children under 7 years must have their guardian sign an indemnity form at the Gates. Please contact us for the form.
WHAT TO WEAR
Singapore has a tropical climate and the Marina Bay Street Circuit requires a certain amount of walking. Please be sure to wear suitable footwear and consider wearing a hat and/or sunblock if you are arriving early.
WHAT TO BRING
Pack light, bring the essentials only – your phone, a spare battery for your camera, etc.
If you are worried about rain, bring an umbrella but please note that on grandstands we do not allow umbrellas to be used as sun protection; umbrellas can only be used if it starts raining heavily. Alternatively, rain ponchos are available from Survival Kit Booths.
You may enter with one clear plastic bottle of water (no more than 600ml). A wide variety of food and beverage is on sale within the Circuit Park.
Please note that you are not allowed to bring certain items into the Circuit Park. A non-exhaustive list of prohibited items is listed in Clause 8 of the Conditions of Sale & Entry .This includes laser pointers, food and beverages, flying drones/unmanned aerial vehicles, scooters, pets etc.
WATCHING THE RACE
The race is broadcast on superscreens across the Circuit Park, see the Circuit Park map for exact locations.
Bring along an FM receiver to tune in to the track commentary within the Circuit Park.
Grandstand ticketholders: You will have a great view of the track from your seat, as well as of the superscreens. For the benefit of all patrons, do not use tripods, monopods or tablet devices on the grandstand. Umbrellas must also remain closed unless it starts raining heavily.
Walkabout Ticket Holders: Some of the best racing action can be viewed from elevated trackside platforms (bleachers) that are strategically located around the street circuit
SGP Insider Tip: There are plenty of hidden corners to watch the race from, study the Circuit Park map and discover a new spot for each day of the race weekend!
With its stunning backdrop of downtown Singapore, the Marina Bay Street Circuit is a photographer’s paradise. There are plenty of locations where you can find that perfect shot – go out and explore the Circuit Park!
All equipment brought into the Circuit Park should not be for commercial purposes but purely for personal use.
The enjoyment of other spectators should not be impeded and we therefore urge patrons with photographic equipment to show consideration. Please note that tripods and monopods are not allowed on bleachers or grandstands. If you are bringing a long lens, you can only use these at ground level.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Singapore is renowned for its food and shopping, and the Marina Bay Street Circuit is no different! We are constantly trying out old favourites as well as new delights, and we hope that you enjoy the offerings from the local bar and restaurant scene.
The Circuit Park is filled with food and beverage outlets featuring a wide range of local and international restaurants and bars. Vegetarian and halal food providers are incorporated into the mix.
Formula One team merchandise is available, in addition to official 2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX merchandise.
Check out the F1 Villages (located in Zone 1 and Zone 4’s Esplanade Park) for all your race related shopping needs.
You will also find Merchandise Booths at other key locations including the Bay Grandstand.
We recommend that you bring cash to the Circuit Park for your shopping and dining needs. Credit card payment is accepted by some of our vendors.
ATM machines are available across the Circuit Park for your convenience and accept most local and international cards. See the Circuit Park map for specific locations.
Children are welcome in the Circuit Park, however, do pay special attention to their needs. Please prepare them for crowds, (relatively) long distances to walk, loud sounds as well as the hustle and bustle of a large scale event.
All patrons, including children, must have a valid ticket. Children under 7 years must have their guardian sign an Indemnity Form at the Gates. A copy of the Indemnity Form is available here.
Earplugs are available for sale as part of the Survival Kit, which is available for sale at booths located throughout the Circuit Park. The kits include (adult-sized) ponchos, and proceeds from the sale go to charity.
Please ensure that children drink water regularly. Sun protection is also important if you arrive in the early part of the afternoon.
Collapsible buggies can be brought into the Circuit Park but cannot be used on the grandstands.
If your child is lost, please report this to the nearest Information Booth.
DISABILITY / WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AND FACILITIES
Much of the Circuit Park is accessible to patrons in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the limitations on access and movement due to the complex geography of this street circuit.
There are two dedicated (ticketed) Wheelchair Accessible Platforms in the Circuit Park: Empress Place (Zone 4) and Turn 1 Wheelchair Accessible Platform. These provide ramped access to the viewing area that caters to the patron with wheelchair and a carer.
Each customer in a wheelchair can have up to two companions on the Wheelchair Accessible Platform, who each have to purchase the same ticket (Turn 1 Wheelchair Accessible Platform or Empress Place) for entry. These companions will be provided with seats beside the wheelchair slots on the wheelchair-accessible platforms.
There are numerous Wheelchair Accessible restrooms within the Circuit Park. Please refer to the Circuit Park Map for all locations. Some restrooms are temporary (portaloo) type, others are located within our stakeholder’s premises (eg. Esplanade Theatres on the Bay). Wheelchair Accessible Platforms have a dedicated restroom immediately by the platform.
Please make note of the following information that will help you to better enjoy your day:
Plan your arrival at the Circuit Park carefully and if possible use public transport. The Marina Bay Street Circuit has excellent MRT (underground train) access. Due to the road closures, there are strict limitations on arrival by private vehicle or taxi, it is not possible to be dropped off at Gates.
Turn 1 Wheelchair Accessible Platform ticketholders can access Zones 1 and 2 via Gate 1. The distance from Nicoll Highway MRT station to Gate 1 is 360m.
Once within Zone 1 patrons can access the Singapore Flyer (in Zone 2) using the tunnel under the track in between Turns 2 and 3.
To access Zone 4 (e.g. to view the Padang concerts) we recommend that wheelchair patrons exit Zone 1 through Gate 1 take the MRT as movement to Zone 4 is restricted by overpasses and underpasses. Patrons can re-enter the Circuit Park through Gate 5 (closest MRT: Raffles Place). From here, patrons can access the Padang and Esplanade Park via the underpass at the foot of the Anderson Bridge.
Empress Place Wheelchair Accessible Platform ticketholders should access Zone 4 via Gate 5. Gate 5 is located close to Raffles Place where there is access both to MRT, taxi services and vehicle drop off.
In addition, patrons with mobility issues can access the wheelchair-accessible platform at the Padang in Zone 4 to catch the nightly concerts at the Padang Stage, on a first come, first serve basis.
Overpasses do not have lifts for wheelchair access nor does the main underpass (aka LTA Concourse) that connects the four sections of Zone 4.
For patrons with mobility issues that do not require wheelchairs please consider the distances involved when getting to the Circuit Park as well as enjoying your time at the event. For a list of recommended Grandstands to meet your needs, do contact us.
We are unable to provide specialist transport services within the Circuit Park (e.g. golf buggies) as medical resources are dedicated to medical incidents. Please note that there are no wheelchairs available for loan on site.
Visually impaired patrons are welcome to enter with Guide Dogs but please inform us in advance so that we can make provision at the gates to facilitate access.
Meeting the needs of patrons with disabilities is a priority for Singapore GP Pte Ltd, please contact us should you require any assistance or further information.
MOVEMENT WITHIN THE CIRCUIT PARK
The Circuit Park covers an area of approximately 80 football fields – the track cuts through areas of parkland filled with entertainment and activities and a glittering cityscape in a tropical setting. Some ticket types provide more access across the Circuit Park than other, please see the Ticketing section of the website to confirm what Zones you may access with your ticket.
Information Booths and Circuit Park Guides are on hand to assist. Look out for directional signs and large format maps throughout the Circuit Park. Maps are also distributed at the gates and information booths..
There are a number of overpasses and underpasses that may have to be navigated to get from one location to another. If you have limited mobility please refer to the section on Disability / Wheelchair Access and Facilities for more information.
Patrons with access to all four zones might want to consider using the MRT (subway) to travel between Zones 1 and 4. Nicoll Highway MRT (close to Gate 1) and City Hall or Esplanade MRT (close to Gate 3) are effective ways to travel even if it means temporarily leaving the Circuit Park.
SGP Insider Tip: If you are walking from Zone 1 to 4 (or vice versa) use the Singapore Flyer as your key landmark.
After the final nightly track action on Friday and Saturday, Zone 1 and 2 patrons may use the track to get to Zone 4 (and the Padang). Please go to Turn 20 (by the Singapore Flyer) and await the all clear signal from Event Staff before proceeding onto the track.
At certain times of the day some Overpasses and Gates change flow so as to safely manage the number of patrons using them:
➢ Gate 4 changes to an EXIT ONLY gate after 9.30pm on a daily basis.
➢ On Saturday at the end of the final Qualifying Session Overpass 1 temporarily becomes a one-way only overpass (direction from Pit Straight towards Paddock Club and Singapore Flyer) in order to allow patrons to get to the rest of the Circuit Park.
➢ LTA Concourse/Underpass, Zone 4 (under Turn 8 and Turn 14 of the track). At times of peak patron movement or during inclement weather, our event staff will manage the flow of patrons into the underpass to ensure safety.
We appreciate that these periods of managed pedestrian flow may cause delay at certain times, however we seek your kind understanding for this crucial procedure to ensure the safety of our patrons.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and GO EXPLORE!
Sunday night, post-race, features the traditional ‘track invasion’ where from select locations patrons may go onto the track and experience the bright lights and drivers’ view of the track.
Patrons in Zones 1 and 2 may access the track at two locations once it is declared safe to do so, and shortly thereafter proceed to Zone 4 (and the Padang) via the track.
SGP Insider Tip: After the final track action on Friday and Saturday, patrons in Zones 1 and 2 may also use the track to get to Zone 4 (and the Padang). Please proceed to Turn 20, by the Singapore Flyer, and await the all clear from Event Staff to proceed down track.
MEDICAL AND FIRST AID
First Aid Booths are located throughout the Circuit Park and their locations are indicated on the Circuit Park Map. Grandstands have additional First Aid Booths that are not marked on the map.
If you are unwell please proceed to the nearest First Aid booth.
Medical resources are dedicated to first aid response, our staff are unable to provide wheelchairs or transport on medical buggies to patrons that have mobility issues. (see Disability / Wheelchair Access and Facilities for more information)
SGP Insider Tip: The most common first aid incidents are blisters (from walking in inappropriate footwear), mild dehydration and sunburn. Most of these are easily preventable.
RAIN AND INCLEMENT WEATHER
It is a rain or shine event, expect the best but be prepared for rain. Survival Kits booths are located throughout the Circuit Park (usually next to Information Booths) and sell ponchos and ear plugs. Proceeds of the sale go to charity.
Please note that we do not allow umbrellas to be used on the grandstand for sun protection, only if it starts raining heavily.
In case of a downpour please take care should you leave your grandstand. Sheltered areas are extremely limited within the Circuit Park. If an area becomes overcrowded please listen carefully to instruction from Event and Security Staff.
LOST AND FOUND
Please report any lost items to the nearest Information Booth. We will contact you to return the items if they are found.
Do note that we are unable to retrieve items dropped under the grandstands until after the day’s activities.
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