Singapore Grand Prix 2013 Tips: Gearing Up for the Race Weekend!

The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2013 starts in less than 24 hours! Spending the afternoon and night in the sweltering Singapore heat with hordes of people can be both exhilarating and exhausting, so here are some packing tips to make sure you get the most out of the incoming race weekend!

1. Comfortable clothes

Singapore has an average daily temperature of about 30-31 degrees Celsius, with a very hot and very humid tropical climate. Unless you are a Paddock or Suite ticket-holder and you plan on spending many hours at the circuit, I suggest that you come dressed in a casual t-shirt (team merchandise, perhaps?) and shorts or three-quarter pants, so that you won’t melt in the tropical heat!

There are lots of activities to do around the circuit located in the different zones, and to experience as many as you can, you will need to do a lot of walking. Wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or track shoes that won’t give you blisters or make your feet hurt so that you can comfortably check out the F1 scene.

2. Snacks

(I am not actually sure if you are allowed to bring in outside food and drink, here’s assuming you can…)

Bring a water bottle to hydrate yourself! As I’ve mentioned before, it’s hot and humid even at night so keep drinking those fluids.

The food sold at the circuit is very pricey with quite a limited range available. During last year’s qualifying Saturday I stayed at the circuit from 3pm-12am, perpetually roaming the circuit with no time to sit down and have a proper meal. What might’ve helped though, is if I had packed a bite to eat while I explored the circuit park.

3. Camera

F1 at night provides wonderful photo opportunities! Bring a DSLR camera if you have one for quality shots. A normal camera may not have a fast enough shutter speed to capture a clear image of the passing F1 car.

4. Programme

Grab a copy of the programme for the race weekend because it will be filled with lots of useful information – circuit park maps, locations of F&B, merchandise stalls, entertainment stages, gates etc., that will help greatly with navigating through the circuit park. It will also have a detailed timetable of all the various events for you to enjoy – the feeder races (GP2), concert timings and venues (The Killers, Rihanna), the timings for the free practice sessions, qualifying and race (in case you forget) and also the drivers’ parade (on Sunday)! Keep it in your pocket for reference, it will really come in handy.

5. Merchandise

Bring/buy some team merchandise with you for signing, especially if you’re a Zone 1 ticket-holder. Sometime over the race weekend you may actually get the chance to bump into some of the race personnel and get a nice photo with them or an autograph! Bring along a cap or a t-shirt and a marker and you may go home with some exclusive signed memorabilia.

6. Miscellaneous

A pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, especially in the afternoon. Also bring along a poncho/raincoat in case we have a wet race (which will be very interesting)! 

I hope this short and simple guide will come in handy for all you race-goers. May you have a wonderful, fun-filled race weekend! And for those of you who have flown from foreign countries for the night race, I wish you a pleasant and memorable stay in Singapore (don’t forget to have a taste of the local cuisine).

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