The Singapore Formula One Grand Prix motor race has been held in the Marina Bay area annually since 2008.
The Duck Tour guide tells us that Singapore has an ingenious way of supplying an area suitable for the cars (pit stops, team areas etc) as well as catering for numberous V.I.P. Guests and thousands of spectators.
This building on the waterfront was especially designed so that the lower level can be opened up to become the cars pits and team crew areas, and the upper level houses private and corporate box areas … these rooms are hired out for an eye wateringly huge fees but enable the mega rich to have have the best seats available to watch the race.
The Singapore race is Formula One’s first night race, which has multiple advantages.
Since the event takes place on Marina Bay public roads, there is less traffic disturbance to cordoning these off at night as well as the time advantage meaning that the race can be broadcast “live” at a convienent time for European TV aduiences.
I’m no Grand Prix fan …for me a car is a car, four wheels, motor and steering wheel are about as technical as I get, and I don’t “feel the need for speed” but it’s interesting to see how Singapore manages to make space to stage such a massive event when space is such a premium and the race itself is run on public roads.
.. and the view from around the other side of the building…
… and on that note we go wroom wroom towards the next item on the itinary…