There was great regional news earlier this year for motor racing fans in Asia: Singapore confirmed it would continue hosting the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix (SGP) as part of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) Formula One World Championship for another seven years – until 2028.
The race here, held after dark for practicality in the equatorial climes – has been staged 12 times since its debut in 2008. About 268,000 spectators attended when it was last held in 2019. Covid-19 scuppered the event for two years, but now it returns.
The world’s top F1 drivers take to a Singapore street circuit that’s a little over five kilometres long with 23 turns, racing for 61 laps. The fastest speed reached is approximately 320km/h.
Key to the SGP is a roster of accompanying lifestyle and entertainment programmes that extend beyond the racing circuit. This year, among the international cross-genre musical acts playing are Black Eyed Peas, TLC, Marshmello, Green Day, Suede, Westlife – and top Malaysian band Wings. Temporary stages, open-air bars and dining areas add a lot to the event.
Key to the SGP is a roster of accompanying lifestyle and entertainment programmes that extend beyond the racing circuit
In the last five Singapore F1 races (2015 to 2019), Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel from the UK and Germany have won twice each, and German-Finnish Nico Rosberg was the first man across the finishing line once.
New for this year, Formula 1 fans can catch their favourite drivers in a special F1 ‘meet and greet’ session on Saturday, October 1, where for the first time, ticket holders can see their favourite racers up close at the Zone 1 Wharf Stage.
Motor-racing fans can also look forward to brand-new support races on the Marina Bay Street Circuit when the Formula 1 SGP 2022 returns. In addition to the Formula 1 action, the Marina Bay Street Circuit will also play host to support races making their exciting debut in Singapore – all-female single-seater racing championship W Series, and one of Asia’s most competitive GT Series, the TSS (The Super Series) – featuring a mix of GT3/ GTM and GTC supercars.
The Japan Grand Prix is the next race on the calendar for the FIA Formula One World Championship – scheduled for October 9 – of the 22-race roster in 2022.