Your guide to getting the most out of your trackside experience at the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the 2016 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix on September 16-18.
Images kindly supplied by Singapore GP.
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 excellent and the organizers put on an excellent show which goes a long way to justifying the high ticket prices, including A-list concerts and an amazing fireworks display after the race has finished.
Be prepared before heading to the circuit! It’s hot and humid in Singapore. Dress in light, loose clothing (leave the jeans at home), pack an extra shirt if you are prone to sweating a lot and wear comfortable shoes. Check the weather forecast and bring wet weather gear should there be any chance of rain – late afternoon storms are not uncommon in September.
Access & Orientation
The circuit is open from 3pm to midnight on race weekend and there are ten access gates, each of which has an express lane for fans 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 that zone. If you are also keen to see a particular concert this year, 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.
Click the image above to download the 2016 Marina Bay Street Circuit map.
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.
Concerts & Entertainment
There’s no shortage of trackside entertainment at Marina Bay, lending the event a real festive atmosphere. There’s multiple stages around the circuit plus roving performers from all over the world, including illusionists, theatre and circus-cabaret acts.
The main Padang stage in Zone 4 hosts headline concerts on all three days of the weekend – Kylie Minogue on Friday, Queen + Adam Lambert on Saturday and Imagine Dragons after the race on Sunday. Meanwhile, the smaller Village stage in Zone 1 and Esplanade Outdoor Theatre in Zone 4 has concerts from KC and the Sunshine Band and Pentatronix. Other acts set to appear this year include Bastille and Halsey.
If you are determined to get a good spot for one of the headliners, get to the stage area early; you will probably miss some of the on-track action, which is unavoidable given the tight scheduling. The full details of the entertainment at this year’s race will be released on the circuit website closer to the event.
All times are local Singapore time (UTC +08:00).
Friday, September 16
- 14:40-15:10: Ferrari Challenge (Practice)
- 15:35-16:15: TCR Series (Practice)
- 16:40-17:10: Porsche Cup (Practice)
- 18:00-19:30: Formula 1 (Free Practice 1)
- 19:55-20:25: Ferrari Challenge (Qualifying)
- 20:30-21:30: KC and the Sunshine Band (Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Theatre)
- 21:30-23:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 2)
- 23:15-00:30: Kylie Minogue (Padang Stage in Zone 4)
Saturday, September 17
- 14:40-15:05: TCR Series (Qualifying)
- 15:45-16:15: Porsche Cup (Qualifying)
- 16:40-17:10: Ferrari Challenge (Race 1: 10 laps/25 mins)
- 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 (Free Practice 3)
- 19:25-19:55: TCR Series (Race 1: 10 laps/25 mins)
- 20:00-21:00: Bastille (Zone 4 Padang Stage)
- 20:00-21:00: KC and the Sunshine Band (Zone 1 Village Stage)
- 20:00-21:00: Pentatonix (Zone 4 Esplanade Outdoor Theatr)
- 21:00-22:00: Formula 1 (Qualifying)
- 22:30-24:10: Queen + Adam Lambert (Zone 4 Padang Stage)
Sunday, September 18
- 15:00-15:30: TCR Series (Race 2: 10 laps/25 mins)
- 16:00-16:30 Ferrari Challenge (Race 2: 10 laps/25 mins)
- 17:00-17:35: Porsche Cup (Race: 12 laps/30 mins)
- 18:30: F1 Driver’s Track Parade
- 18:40-19:40: Halsey (Zone 4 Padang Stage)
- 18:40-19:40: Pentatonix (Zone 1 Village Stage)
- 20:00-22:00: 2016 Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix
- 22:30-24:30: Imagine Dragons (Zone 4 Padang Stage)
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 favourite 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 have a range of tasty Asian fare, including satays, noodles, curries and the like on offer. 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. Click for some 2015 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 (some of which are air-conditioned) if you want a quick break – 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.
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