Sep 15, 2017
Balmy nights, racing under lights, trackside celebrations and live performances by superstars: the 10th edition of the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX continues to inspire as one of the world’s great sporting events. Here’s why the crowds flock to Marina Bay.
Few spectacles can match it – the world’s finest racers going wheel to wheel at up to 320kmh, threading their way through Singapore’s stunning made-for-Instagram Marina Bay street circuit (main photo) against an imposing city backdrop. Trackside, the fun and festivities continue long into the night.
So it’s no surprise that the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (SGP) attracts more than 200,000 people every year, with the sport itself boasting a global television viewership of almost 400 million. The 10th edition of the SGP, held from September 15 to 17 this year, promises to be something very special.
The competition is white-hot this year with the battle upfront between two multiple world champions: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, both under maximum pressure to deliver.
“I am fighting a four-time world champion who is at his best and is phenomenally quick. And Ferrari is the best it has been in a decade,” Hamilton says. “The ultimate fighter always wants to go up against the best you can have because when you come out on top, it is so much more satisfying. I love this fight we’re having.”
The race between the two hasn’t been pretty so far, with Vettel driving into Hamilton at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The German, who claimed he’d been brake tested, was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty for dangerous driving – but still managed to finish ahead of Hamilton.