Your guide to buying tickets for the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix on September 15-17. The best places to watch the F1 night race, including full analysis of grandstands and walkabout tickets.
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No matter which grandstand (or walkabout ticket) you choose, you won’t get a view of much more than the section of track directly in front of you. That’s the nature of a street circuit, but the thrill of F1 action under lights and the amazing backdrop of the Singapore skyline by night go a long way to compensating for this. Add to this the vibrant trackside atmosphere and daily concerts by some big name acts, and you have the recipe for a unique F1 experience. The Singapore Grand Prix is an immensely popular sporting event, drawing both locals and up to 40 000 tourists to Marina Bay each September. The best ticket categories do sell out in advance, so get in quick if you want to secure your tickets for the tenth anniversary race.
Early-bird discounts (averaging 10-15%) apply until May 8, 2017. Further discounts are available when you buy multiple tickets. Buy your Singapore Grand Prix tickets at the best prices from our exclusive partner, Gootickets.
2017 Singapore Grand Prix tickets (3 days)
|Zone||Early-bird* / Normal price SGD|
|Turn 3 Premier||1,2,3,4||n/a / $2128
|Super PIt (new)||1,2,3,4||$1288 / $1488
|PIt / Turn 1 / Turn 2||1,2,3,4||$1088 / $1288
|Connaught||4||$598 / $698
|Padang||4||$498 / $598
|Stamford||4||$398 / $498
|Esplanade Waterfront||4||$368 / $398
|Bay||3,4||$278 / $298
|Premier||1,2,3,4||$448 / $498
|Zone 4||4||$248 / $268
2017 Singapore GP Combination Packages (3 days)
|Category||Friday-Saturday-Sunday||Early-bird / Regular price SGD|
|Pit Combination||Padang-Bay-Pit||$888 / $ 988|
|Zone 1 Walkabout Combination||Pit-Pit-Premier Walkabout||$598 / $698|
|Padang Combination||Bay-Pit-Padang||$598 / $698|
|Bay Combination||Pit-Padang-Bay ||$498 / $598|
The Marina Bay circuit Singapore is divided into four zones which control entry and movement for fans (see map above) . The more expensive Grandstand tickets (as well as the Premier Walkabout tickets) offer access to all four zones, whilst other tickets limit your access to just one or two zones. Singapore is famous for the concerts which take place after the on-track action each night on two main stages in Zone 1 and Zone 4 (Padang Stage). If you are keen to see one of this year’s acts then be sure to make sure your ticket gives you access to the zone where the concert is taking place.
The combination packages provide a seat in a different grandstand on each day of the weekend, and are a good choice for first time visitors. The more expensive packages ensure you will have a seat in one of the better grandstands on race day (such as the Pit or Turn 1 Grandstands), while the cheaper packages will give you a seat in one of the better grandstands on Friday or Saturday and a race day ticket in the cheaper Bay or Padang Grandstands.
The majority of Singapore Grand Prix tickets are sold for all three days. Sunday-only tickets are available in the Pit Grandstand at a price of $838 SGD (early bird) or $888 SGD (normal price). Good value single-day Walkabout tickets for Zone 4 used to also be sold, but this popular option was discontinued in 2015.
Singapore Grand Prix Premium & VIP Tickets
There’s a wider selection of premium tickets available in Singapore than at other Grands Prix. Premium ticket holders have access to Zones 1,2,3,4 as well as food and drink included in the ticket price. Here are some of the premium tickets offered in Singapore:
- The Premier Grandstand at Turn 3 (3-day tickets for $2128 SGD – no early bird discount) offers fans daily vouchers to be redeemed at the premium food & drink outlets next to the Grandstand as well as other freebies.
- The Green Room, also at Turn 3 and above the Premier Grandstand (3-day tickets for $4277 SGD) offers an air-conditioned dining room with free bar and outdoor viewing balcony.
- Club Suite tickets (located on the pit straight or Turn 1/2) are priced at $6153 SGD
- Sky Suite tickets (located on the pit straight or Turn 1/2/3) are priced at $7865 SGD
- Paddock Club tickets are priced at €6349
- All corporate tickets are available via Gootickets.
Analysis of Grandstand & Walkabout tickets
- All Grandstands have at least one large TV screen for fans to follow the action.
- For the majority of grandstands at Singapore, we advise going for a seat in the highest possible row (generally 12 and above) to get a better view of the circuit and not have your view limited by the catch fencing. This advice is not valid for Bay Grandstand, where it’s a good idea to not be too high, more on this below.
The Pit grandstand, which offers access to Zones 1,2,3,4, stretches the length of the start/finish straight and is comprised of sections AA and AB (near the final turn 23) and sections A1-A22. Sections A3 and A4 have the best view of the podium celebrations, A15 is right on the start line and the higher numbered sections are closer to turn 1. Each section of the Pit grandstand has 16 rows – get a seat in the higher rows if you can. These seats are best for action in the pits and the start/end of the race, rather than for on-track action. For the same money, the Turn 1 and 2 grandstands are a much better choice.
Offering access to Zones 1,2,3,4, the Turn 1 Grandstand is split into sections A2-A8 and has 20 rows. The lowered numbered sections, A2-A5, are located before the corner so you will be mainly looking at the rear of the cars. The pick of the seats here are in A7, close to the track and right on the apex of Turn 1, where you can also see the cars enter Turns 2 and 3. Sections A8-A9 are set back from the track but also have a good panoramic view of the main straight, pit exit and opening corners.
Offering access to Zones 1,2,3,4, the Turn 2 Grandstand is split into sections A1-A6 and faces back down the pit straight. Fans seated here have a view of the opening three corners of the Marina Bay circuit as well as the pit exit. The A1 section has a view straight down the pit straight (great for the start) whilst the A6 section is closer to turn 3. Recommended.
Access to Zones 1,2,3,4. The grandstand and hospitality area located on the outside of Turn 3 offer some great views of the opening three corners of the circuit as well as the pit exit, but the prices are high and a little hard to justify. Buy a Turn 2 grandstand seat instead and you will not only get a similar view, you will also save almost $1000 SGD (on the Turn 3 Premier price).
Access to Zone 4 only. A decent mid-price choice for on-track action, the Connaught Grandstand is located on the inside of Turn 14, where several incidents have happened over the past few years. There are eight sections in Connaught, A1-A8. The lowered numbered sections A1-A3 (with only seven rows) are best to avoid as they are located before the corner. The better choices are A4-A8. Get a seat in the back row here (row 15) and you will also get a view over the back of the grandstand to Turn 8.
Access to Zone 4 only. The Stamford Grandstand has seven sections, A1-A7 located between Turn 7 (lowered numbered sections) and Turn 8 (higher numbered sections). Turn 7 (Memorial) is a slow left-hander offering overtaking opportunities and so it’s probably better to choose a low numbered section at Stamford, even though some seats in the higher numbered sections also afford a view of Turn 14 (as well as Turn 8). Rows in Stamford are numbered up to 24 and higher is better in this stand, as with most grandstands at Marina Bay.
Access to Zone 4 only. Next to the water on Marina Bay, the Esplanade Waterfront Grandstand is located on the outside of the circuit between the slow-speed Turns 16 and 17 (the location of Nelson Piquet’s infamous accident in 2008). There are three sections, A1-A3. The best option here is A3 (also the highest part of the stand) where you can also see the cars approach Turn 18. This stand is also close to the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre with entertainment and food/drink outlets. Recommended.
Access to Zone 4 only. Padang is a large grandstand located on the inside of the circuit between Turns 9 and 10. Sections are numbered A1-A10 and B1-B11. If you go for this grandstand, the best sections are those closest to the corners – low-numbered A sections for Turn 9 and high-numbered B sections for Turn 10. Padang is not a great choice for on-track action, but is worth considering for its proximity to the Padang stage where the biggest concerts take place over the weekend. It’s also close to the F1 Village and Hawker Village.
Access to Zones 3, 4. The Bay Grandstand is both the cheapest and largest at Marina Bay and is the only permanent grandstand at the circuit. Unlike other grandstands, Bay is colour-coded. The grandstand has 83 rows and the normal advice for Singapore, to sit as high up as possible, doesn’t apply here. You will limit your view of the track and TV screens if you are higher than about row 30. The best sections are on each end – Dark Blue for turns 16-17 and Light/Dark Green for turns 18-19, where the cars literally disappear underneath the stand.
Top Tip: the best days to take advantage of the Walkabout tickets are Friday and Saturday when there are less fans competing for space on the viewing platforms. A good strategy is to check out the different views on the first days, chose your preferred spot, then get there early on Sunday to claim it for the race.
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Two types of Walkabout Tickets are sold in Singapore – for Zone 4 only and for all zones (Premier Walkabout). Both are available as a three-day pass. Walkabout tickets in Singapore are the equivalent of General Admission tickets at other races – you don’t get a reserved seat. Instead, there are bleacher-style viewing platforms around the track. Don’t expect the best views of the action, which are reserved for the grandstands. Views can be obstructed and in some places, you will only get a fleeting view of the cars on the track.
The more expensive Premier Walkabout tickets give you plenty of flexibility to check out different corners, but are more expensive than the cheapest Bay Grandstand and you should only consider this option if you are ready to cover a lot of ground (in Singapore’s heat and humidity) to get your money’s worth. Some of the best viewing areas for Premier Walkabout ticket-holders include the opening turns 1-3, turn 5 (where you can get very close to the action) and the final turns 22-23. Zone 4 tickets are a good budget choice with access to viewing platforms on Esplanade Drive and Raffles Avenue as well as entry to the biggest concerts each day on the Padang Stage.
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