Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014

Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014


Was fortunate to get passes to the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014, held in Singapore from 19th till 21st of September 2014. Received the pass for 20th September, Turn 2 Grandstand in Zone 1, with access to all other zones.

The Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014 is a motor race, part of the annual Formula 1 World Championships, which takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with the area surrounding it known as the Circuit Park. Sponsored by SingTel since 2008, this was the first ever night-time event in Formula One history, and the first street circuit in Asia.

For the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014, the title sponsorship was taken over Singapore Airlines. Driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas won 1st place in this leg of the race, beating out favourites Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, and Fernando Alonso of Scuderia Ferrari.

Access Pass

Information Tent & Survival Kit Tent

First Aid Tent

Singapore Grand Prix Officials Scooter

Marina Bay Street Circuit Park Map

2014 Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Winner, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas

Spotted the Kerbside Gourmet Food Truck, affectionately known as 'Kerby'! Singapore's and Asia's first social enterprise food truck, founded by Ms. Ee Poh Luan in 2013, the Kerbside Gourmet Food Truck / Kerby serves a small fusion cuisine menu, using fresh, sustainable ingredients prepared in the slow-food philosophy. Each restaurant quality dish sold also benefits the less privileged in Singapore, as part of the 'Buy-A-Meal-Give-A-Meal (BAMGAM)' charity movement. I last saw Kerby at the Singapore Night Festival 2014.

Kerbside Gourmet Food Truck

Kerbside Gourmet Food Truck

The Zone 4 Viewing Area at Anderson Bridge allows for close-up views and photography of the race track.

Zone 4 Viewing Area

The Safety Car in the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014 was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupé, driven by Bernd Maylander.

Safety Car

For the 7th time, a leg of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia was held on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. This one-make sports car racing, all of which feature the Porsche 911 GT3, features a Professional league, and a Class B league. In the 2014 Singapore leg of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race, Earl Bamber of LKM Racing won the Professional league, while Yuey Tan of Dorr Havelock Racing won the Class B league.

There was also a Vintage Car showcase in Zone 4. The Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 1973 was a British sports car, and its combination of sleek looks, high performance, and competitive pricing, established it as an icon of motoring, regularly making the lists of 'World's Most Beautiful Cars'.

Vintage Car - Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 1973

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 Convertible 1972 was a German sports car which featured styling by automobile designer and engineer Luigi Segre of Carrozzeria Ghia, and hand-built bodywork by Wilhelm Karmann. As the flagship / halo model of the brand, this was among the most luxurious and expensive passenger cars.

Vintage Car - Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 14 Convertible 1972

The Rolls-Royce 20/25 1931 was a British sedan car, considered the most affordable car in the range of this luxury brand. Its sophisticated styling has led it to be featured in many Hollywood movies, including The Brides Of Fu Manchu, Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Enigma, and more.

Vintage Car - Rolls-Royce 20/25 1931

The MG MGA 1600 Roadster 1960 was a British sports car, and represented a revolutionary design change for the brand. It's known for its sleek styling, low body, superb handling on the road, and the fact that drivers had to reach inside to unlatch the doors because there were no external door handles.

Vintage Car - MG MGA 1600 Roadster 1960

The BMW 327 Cabriolet 1939 was a German medium sized touring coupé car. Only 1,965 cars of this model were ever produced, making this rare vehicle highly prized among collectors.

Vintage Car - BMW 327 Cabriolet 1939

The Formula 1 (F1) Night Race Signage allows for a scenic photo opportunity with the Singapore business district skyline as its backdrop, and is beautifully lit at night. Besides the Formula 1 (F1) Night Race Signage, there are several other photobooths in the area.

Zone 4 has 3 stages for performances, including the Esplanade Park Stage for musical performances, the Coyote Stage for theatrical performances, and the Padang Stage where headlining international stars perform.

Esplanade Park Stage

Coyote Stage

Padang Stage

Zone 4 Food Village has the widest, most diverse food and beverage options. For the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014, vendors include Harry's Bar, Saybons, Copper Chimney, Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips, Singapore Cricket Club Vintage Bar, and more.

Zone 4 Food Village

Harry's Bar


Copper Chimney

Smiths Authentic British Fish And Chips

Singapore Cricket Club Vintage Bar

Booths for the Official Singapore Grand Prix Merchandise are spread throughout Circuit Park, and typically sell out each day. I personally find their items to be really expensive, not worth spending on.

Official Singapore Grand Prix Merchandise

The Singapore Airlines Pit Stop booth is prominent in Zone 4, as befits the title sponsor of the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014. On display were their various aircraft seats, model airplanes, merchandise, and more.

Singapore Airlines Pit Stop

Fringe activities keep the public entertained, such as the Pit Stop Challenge, which allows members of the public to time how quickly they can change the wheels on a Formula 1 race car. And the Simulator Challenge, which allows the public to take control of a Formula 1 race car in a driving simulator video game.

Pit Stop Challenge

Simulator Challenge

Roving British performance artists, The Living Topiary, made an appearance to spread their unique brand of whimsical fun and joy. The Living Topiary - Human Trees is an international act from The Living Statue Company.

Urban contemporary girl duo Zsa+Claire, featuring guitarist Zsa Zsa Scorpion and violinist Claire Goh, showcased their unique, eclectic combination of classic and contemporary pop-rock. It's hard to properly classify the music of this Singapore duo, they're part pop, part rock, part folk, sometimes intense, intimate, simple, or quirky. One thing's for sure, Zsa+Claire is definitely engaging!

Zone 3 around the Marina Bay Floating Platform has a small selection of booths for convenience, including booths from Noise Cancelling Radio Headphones, Kith Cafe, The British Club Singapore, and more. But not much else to see or do.

Noise Cancelling Radio Headphones

Kith Cafe

The British Club Singapore

Also at Zone 3 were several Cardboard Formula 1 Race Cars conceptualised by reowned Singaporean cardboard sculptor Bartholomew Ting. Designed by Woodlands Secondary School, and assembled by members of the public in conjunction with the 'Rev Up Singapore' campaign, these Cardboard Formula 1 Race Cars were on display at various locations around Singapore, before being moved here.

For the 1st time, the Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship took to the streets of Singapore in the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Comprising 20 historic 3-litre engine Formula 1 Race Cars from the 1970s and 1980s in period livery, this motor race was a showcase of classic racing cars in action. You could even view their pit crews in action at the Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship Paddock.

The Lotus 91/5 1982 was designed by Colin Chapman, Martin Ogilvie, and Tony Rudd. Driver Elio De Angelis won his 1st title with this car in the 1982 Austrian Grand Prix.

Masters Historic Formula 1 Race Car - Lotus 91/5 1982

The McLaren M26 1976 was designed by Gordon Coppuck. Driver James Hunt won 3 races with this car in 1977, at the British Grand Prix, the United States Grand Prix, and the Japanese Grand Prix.

Masters Historic Formula 1 Race Car - McLaren M26 1976

The Parnelli VPJ4 1974 was designed by Velko 'Vel' Miletich, Maurice Philippe, and Rufus Parnelli Jones. In their brief 3 year foray into Formula 1 racing, the car never won, but the design team would go on to develop winning engines for the Indianapolis 500 race, and the USAC/CART Championship race.

Masters Historic Formula 1 Race Car - Parnelli VPJ4 1974

The Penske PC4 1976 was designed by Geoff Ferris. Driver John Watson won 1 race with this car in 1976, at the Austrian Grand Prix, the only major Formula One victory for the company, who withdrew at the end of the season to focus on Indy Car racing.

Masters Historic Formula 1 Race Car - Penske PC4 1976

The Tyrrell 002 1971 was designed by Derek Gardner. Driver Jackie Stewart won the 1971 Spanish Grand Prix during the car's debut on its 1st attempt, while fellow teammate François Cevert won the 1971 United States Grand Prix with this car.

Masters Historic Formula 1 Race Car - Tyrrell 002 1971

The Singapore Grand Prix (GP) Signage allows for a photo opportunity, with a faux lawn and bustling stalls as a backdrop. Beautifully lit at night, the Singapore Grand Prix (GP) Signage stands out in Zone 1.

Zone 1 has 4 stages for performances, including the Sail Stage for musical and theatrical performances, and the Village Stage where headlining international stars perform.

Village Stage

Sail Stage

The PasarBella Pit Stop includes several stores from this famed farmer's market, selling a variety of food and beverages. The PasarBella Pit Stop proved to be very popular with the public, with long queues at every counter, especially during dinner.

Managed to get seats at the Turn 2 Suites & Grandstand, which offered a nice view of the race track, as the race cars had to slow down as they approached this turn. The seats were very cramped and uncomfortable, but I liked that the huge viewing screen was clearly visible. Turn 2 Suites & Grandstand is located near Gate 1 in Zone 1.

The 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Logo was displayed prominently throughout the Marina Bay Circuit Park.

2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix Logo

Globally recognised all-female Korean drumming troupe Drum Cat wowed audiences with their powerful yet catchy rhythms, combining percussion beats with classical music and techno music. Their performance of twirling drum sticks is well choreographed, cat-like and fluid in motion. Only 5 members of Drum Cat were present for the 2014 performance.

Torque is an Australian circus-cabaret, whose 9 members each have a different speciality. This coterie of skilled international performers combine heart-stopping illusions, mind-bending manoeuvres, breathtaking dance moves, graceful acrobatics, and thrilling live music into their latest extravaganza, Torque - LIMBO The Show.

Vino Veritas is an Australian 3 piece band, comprising guitarists Nik Almenor and Daniele Vilella, and violinist Christopher Gillespie. They showcased their enchanting blend of music, fusing elements of Rhumba, Gypsy Jazz, and Tango. The name of the band, Vino Veritas, is inspired by the Latin phrase 'In Vino Veritas', which means 'In wine, there is truth'.

The headline act in Zone 1 on 20th September 2014 was British Electronic-Pop / Electropop duo Pet Shop Boys. One of the most successful British music acts in history, the Pet Shop Boys performed several of their greatest hits, attracting a crowd so huge it was nearly impossible to push your way through. The crowd at the Pet Shop Boys performance was larger than the actual spectators of Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014 in Zone 1.

The Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014 saw 11 teams take to the race track for 61 laps around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Team Mercedes AMG Petronas fielded the Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid race car, with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Team Mercedes AMG Petronas

Team Scuderia Ferrari fielded the Ferrari F14 T race car, with drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen.

Team Scuderia Ferrari

Team Infiniti Red Bull Racing fielded the Red Bull RB10 race car, with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

Team Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Team Sahara Force India F1 fielded the VJM07 race car, with drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Pérez.

Team Sahara Force India F1

Team Lotus F1 fielded the Lotus E22 race car, with drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

Team Lotus F1

Team Williams Martini Racing fielded the Williams FW36 race car, with drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Team Williams Martini Racing

Team Sauber F1 fielded the Sauber C33 race car, with drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Guttierez.

Team Sauber F1

Team Caterham F1 fielded the Caterham CT05 race car, with drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.

Team Caterham F1

Team Marussia F1 fielded the Marussia MR03 race car, with drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

Team Marussia F1

Team Scuderia Toro Rosso fielded the Toro Rosso STR9 race car, with drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat.

Team Scuderia Toro Rosso

Team McLaren Mercedes fielded the McLaren MP4-29 race car, with drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

Team McLaren Mercedes

German driver Sebastian Vettel is the current Formula 1 World Champion, with 4 titles to his name (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and is also the youngest driver to win a Formula 1 World Champion title at the age of 23 years (2010). He is among the most successful Formula 1 drivers of all time, and regularly draws comparisons to fellow German driver Michael Schumacher, who is widely considered the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time.

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso is a 2 time Formula 1 World Champion (2005, 2006), and also holds the current record for most number of championship points throughout his career. He holds the record for winning the first ever Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race in 2008, driving a Renault R28 race car for Team Renault F1, though the eventual result was marred by the 'Crashgate' controversy.

Glad to have this experience at the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 Night Race 2014, but it struck me that the concerts, off-track, and fringe activities were more popular than actually sitting in the grandstands to watch the race.