Trackside – 2017 Singapore Grand Prix

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Your guide to getting the most out of your trackside experience at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. The tenth edition of the race takes place on September 15-17, 2017.

More like a rock festival than a Formula 1 race, it’s no wonder Singapore has firmly cemented itself as a fan’s favorite since joining the F1 calendar in 2008. The trackside atmosphere at Marina Bay is electric and the organizers put on an big show which goes a long way to justifying the high ticket prices, including A-list concerts and a spectacular fireworks display after the race has finished.

Be prepared!
It’s hot and humid in Singapore. Dress in light, loose clothing (leave your jeans at home), pack an extra top if you are prone to sweating a lot, and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast for any signs of rain, as late afternoon storms are not uncommon at this time of year in Singapore.

Access & Orientation

  • Download the 2017 Singapore GP race guide
  • Download the 2017 Marina Bay Street Circuit map
  • The circuit is open from 2pm to midnight on Friday and 3pm to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
  • There are ten access gates, each of which has an express lane if you are entering without a bag. If you are carrying a bag, you will need to queue to have it examined. Leave large items such as folding chairs at home; you won’t get in with them. Food and drinks are also not permitted in the circuit, apart from one plastic bottle of water or soft drink up to 600ml in size.
  • Singapore is unique on the current Formula 1 calendar for the way in which the circuit is divided into four zones. Some tickets provide entry to all zones, whilst other tickets only provide entry to one zone. If you are also keen to see a particular concert, ensure that your chosen ticket provides access to the zone where the concert will be held. More entry about the different zones at Marina Bay is in the Tickets section of our guide.
  • Read our Getting Around guide for more information on the best way to get to the circuit, including the closest metro (MRT) station and recommended entry gate for your grandstand.

2017 Singapore GP schedule

In addition to around 6 hours of F1 action, Marina Bay will host two additional racing series in 2017; the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific. There’s less on-track action this year, which means more time for concerts and checking out the rest of the festival!

Friday, September 15

  • 14:15-14:45: Ferrari Challenge (Practice)
  • 15:15-15:45: Porsche Cup (Practice)
  • 16:30-18:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 1)
  • 18:15-19:15: Lianne LaHavas (Padang Stage/Zone 4)
  • 19:15-19:45: Ferrari Challenge (Qualifying)
  • 20:30-22:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 2)
  • 22:10-23:40: OneRepublic (Padang Stage/Zone 4)

Saturday, September 16

  • 15:15-15:45: Porsche Cup (Qualifying)
  • 16:40-17:10: Ferrari Challenge (Race 1, 10 laps)
  • 17:10-18:oo: Lianne LaHavas (Village Stage/Zone 1)
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 3)
  • 19:20-19:55: Porsche Cup (Race 1: 12 laps)
  • 20:00-21:00: Ariana Grande (Padang Stage/Zone 4)
  • 20:00-21:00: Duran Duran (Village Stage/Zone 1)
  • 21:00-22:00: Formula 1 (Qualifying)
  • 22:15-23:45: The Chainsmokers (Padang Stage/Zone 4)

Sunday, September 17

  • 15:15-15:45 Ferrari Challenge (Race 2: 10 laps)
  • 16:30-17:05: Porsche Cup (Race: 12 laps)
  • 18:30-18:45: F1 Driver’s Track Parade
  • 18:00-19:30: Duran Duran (Padang Stage/Zone 4)
  • 18:00-19:10: Seal (Village Stage/Zone 1)
  • 20:00-22:00: 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
  • 22:25-23:40: Calvin Harris (Padang Stage/Zone 4)

Concerts & Entertainment

Marina Bay feels more like a music festival than a motor race at times! You’ll find multiple stages around the circuit plus roving performers from all over the world, including illusionists, theater and circus-cabaret acts.

The main Padang stage in Zone 4 hosts the biggest headline concerts which close out the program on all three days of the weekend: OneRepublic on Friday, The Chainsmokers on Saturday and Calvin Harris after the race on Sunday. Padang also features earlier concerts each day featuring 80’s legends Duran Duran, Ariana Grande and Lianne La Havas. These same acts also feature on the smaller  Village stage in Zone 1, together with Seal. We’ve only listed the biggest concerts in the schedule opposite. A whole host of other acts are set to appear this year; read more here.

Planning your time
If you are determined to get a good spot for one of the headline concerts, we recommend getting to the stage area early; you will probably miss some of the on-track action, which is unavoidable given the tight scheduling.
Singapore GP: trackside tips

  • See the podium celebrations after the race: access is granted to fans in Zone 1 via a gate at the public viewing platform in front of the Turn 1 grandstand. A gate is also opened right opposite the podium allowing fans in the Pit Grandstand to enter the track.
  • Get your favorite driver’s autograph: your best bet is to stake out the entrance to Gate 8, which is reserved for VIPs and team personnel. The drivers normally arrive around 3-4 hours before the start of the F1 action each day. Check out a video taken by our reader in this area a few years ago.
  • Best view of the circuit: the Singapore flyer offers discounted rides throughout the weekend to holders of  Zone 1 and 2 tickets.

Food, Drink & Amenities

Food and drink stalls are dotted around the circuit, with the biggest concentration in the Padang area of Zone 4 and near the Singapore flyer in Zone 1. Look out for the ‘hawker’ villages which sell a range of tasty Asian fare, including satays, noodles and curries. Prices are reasonable at around $10-15 SGD for a plate of food. A large beer will set you back around $12 SGD, cheaper than at the majority of bars outside the circuit, whilst 500ml soft drinks cost around $4-5 SGD. Here’s some recent trackside menus: example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4.

If you are on a budget, there are plenty of cheaper outlets for food and drink just outside of the circuit if you want a quick break, some of which are air-conditioned. Just remember you can’t bring back any food or alcohol back into the circuit. There are even a few regular supermarkets where you can stock up within the circuit, including near the Singapore flyer in Zone 1. Toilets are mostly of the portable type, but they are clean and queues are uncommon, even on race day.

Been to the Singapore GP? Tell us your trackside tips in the comments.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. David Berlin says:

    I don’t think the Singapore Flyer will be free for Zone 1 ticket holders. I hear it is only a 10% discount off advertised prices.

  2. Cathy says:

    Hi. Just wondering if u can buy tickets to the Singapore Grand Prix at the gate on the day? Thanks

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