Need To Know: 2019 Singapore Grand Prix

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Formula 1 heads under the lights at the Marina Bay Circuit for the twelfth running of the sport’s original night race. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix weekend on September 20-22!

The Singapore Grand Prix became an instant hit when it joined the calendar in 2008 as the sport’s first night race dazzled spectators. The rather unique feature of the on-track action being in the evening gives those attending the perfect opportunity to check out what the city has to offer (or sleep in), before heading to the Marina Bay Circuit for a night full of racing thrills and spills.

There are a wide range of activities to enjoy in Singapore, be that shopping or eating in the bustling city centre, or taking time out at the beach and enjoying the natural surroundings of this compact Southeast Asian city state. The party doesn’t have to stop when the racing does – Singapore has a thriving nightlife, if you have the stamina for it! We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Singapore Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Singapore for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Last year’s Singapore Grand Prix was the fifth most attended race of the season, with 263,000 fans passing through the turnstiles over the race weekend. That’s the highest figure seen since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, which attracted 300,000 spectators. The Marina Bay race isn’t cheap to attend. 3-Day General Admission tickets are the sixth most expensive of the year, while the cheapest grandstand seats are the thirteenth most expensive. If you fancy a view of the pit-lane from your grandstand, tickets will set you back almost $1000 USD on average – the second most expensive of the year, behind Mexico.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Singapore Grand Prix!

Be prepared for hot and humid weather for the Grand Prix weekend, but don’t be surprised if you’re caught in a seasonal downpour! Formula 1 is the only single-seater series on offer over this year’s Singapore Grand Prix event, but there are support races from the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times and information on food and drink, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix

The Singapore Grand Prix is always one of the most-action packed events of the year, both on and off track! The electric atmosphere in the heart of Marina Bay paired with all the action on the circuit always makes for one of the most memorable weekends of the entire season. With a wide range of musical and other entertainment acts lined up, the event can sometimes feel more like a festival than a Grand Prix (more on that below!)

The action on track almost always delivers too. Last year saw Lewis Hamilton set a scintillating pace on Saturday before storming to his fourth victory on the Marina Bay circuit – despite a hairy moment when he and Max Verstappen battled their way through backmarkers. The drivers target millimetre perfection on a track where the walls are just inches from the racing line; and this too can lead to some highly dramatic moments. The weather may also play a factor in proceedings, just as it did in 2017, when both Ferraris were eliminated in the opening corners on a wet track.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

There are a wide range of acts performing on multiple stages across the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, adding to the festival atmosphere of the event. Red Hot Chili Peppers headline after the race on Sunday, while Muse will take to the stage after qualifying on Saturday night. Further sets from Swedish House Mafia, Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim, Hans Zimmer, Texas and Lighthouse Family take place across the Padang and Wharf stages. You can find details of the full entertainment line-up here. If you want a good spot for one of the headline concerts, you may have to sacrifice watching some of the on-track action; a minor flaw of the tight scheduling on an otherwise unforgettable weekend!

If you’re not in Singapore for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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