While racing under the lights has become a routine sight on the Formula 1 calendar, such is the sport’s worldwide boom and expansion, there is only one original ‘night race’. The twists and turns of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, located right in the epicentre of Singapore, are still as popular as when it cthe race was first held in 2008.
Pushing the boundaries of what is capable, designing and implementing a racetrack in the heart of the city-state’s bustle, the event has served to grow the visibility Singapore worldwide.
Now, it is one of the premium tourist attractions in south-east Asia. The Marina Bay complex, spearheaded by the iconic three-tower Marina Bay Sands hotel and rooftop infinity pool, serves thousands of workers and tourists every week.
Yet at no time is it more frenetic than race weekend – and here’s how you can enjoy it.
The Marina Bay Street Circuit returned with a bang last year, following two missed races in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
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The typically unpredictable post-summer weather spiced up the 2022 edition, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez beating the chasing pack and unrelenting humidity to secure a memorable victory on the damp 4.94km track.
Created by famous circuit designer Hermann Tilke – who designed tracks in Bahrain, Shanghai and Austin to name a few – the Marina Bay Street Circuit is a harbourside, 19-turn track which weaves in and around the city centre.
With breathtakingly fast straights and pernickety quick corners, it presents the best drivers in the world with a unique challenge. Add in humidity levels which can reach over 80 per cent amid track temperatures up to 40C, it is the stickiest and most physically challenging race of the season.
It’s debut, in 2008, resulted in the infamous “Crashgate” scandal that rocked the sport and continues to trigger storylines today. A dark cloud over F1 was not a dark cloud over Singapore, though. Memorable moments since include the notorious “Singapore sling” chicane, four-time winner Lewis Hamilton’s lap for pole position in 2018 and Sebastian Vettel’s final F1 victory in 2019 for Ferrari.
Hospitality packages range from £4,495 to £10,000 per person and are fully sold out for this weekend. As well as…