Formula 1 fever returns to our island as the annual Singapore Grand Prix roars back into our shores from 15 to 17 September 2023.
Locals and tourists alike can look forward to the Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS) in the lead-up to the big race, with a slew of F1-related events, precinct parties and feasts happening all across the island, all the time.
This is a handy guide to all the high-octane race-related happenings in the weeks ahead, just in time to get your heart a-thumping before the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
Expect something for both the young and young-at-heart at the historic Alkaff Mansion, temporarily transformed into an F1-themed wonderland in recognition of the Grand Prix season.
Young motorheads can look forward to charging around Telok Blangah Hill’s verdant greenery on battery-operated mini automobiles at $15 per ride.
As for older F1 fans and automobile buffs, take some time away from watching out for your young racers to enjoy the Classic Car Club Showcase, featuring restored automobiles of old.
Porsche, Mercedes, Rolls-Royce and other marques, many of which have their own proud racing heritage, are a part of the deal, as are food stalls providing light bites and an F1-themed flight of shots to get your blood flowing ($50 for six).
2. Satay speed-eating challenge in the spirit of F1 at Lau Pa Sat
There’s more than one way to express your need for speed. Case in point: The inaugural Lau Pa Sat Satay Street Challenge, taking place at the eponymous hawker centre’s open-air dining spot dedicated to all things satay.
Apart from nibbling on grilled meat skewers dripping with delectable peanut sauce, silvers can sit back and witness amateur teams of four as they gorge – we mean compete – to outdo Zermatt Neo’s record of 253 sticks in 20 minutes.
Lau Pa Sat’s strategic location in the heart of the city, meaning you’ll never be too far from the heart of the F1 action, is just icing on the cake.
Lau Pa Sat Satay Street Challenge When:13 September What time:7pm Where: Satay Street @ Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay Website:https://laupasat.sg/celebrate/
3. Pair grilled meats with a free race simulator experience at Wildseed Bar in Seletar
Escape from the bustle of the race season for just a moment with a trip to the bucolic serenity of Seletar Aerospace Park, where the gorgeous Wildseed Bar will be collaborating with Heinken to deliver a free race simulator experience.
Guests are guaranteed a lap whizzing down the virtual track with every main and pint of beer sold – pick from flame-grilled Iberico Pork Ribs ($34), an array of pastas and pizzas, or a sharing seafood platter stuffed with mussels, baby squid and prawns ($52).
4. Sundown pool parties at 1-Altitude Coast with F1-exclusive cocktails
Flag off the F1 festivities with a trio of sunset pool parties at 1-Altitude Coast, the idyllic rooftop bar of The Outpost Hotel, Sentosa – one to kick off the entire affair, and a further two on race weekend to close off the festivities with a bang.
First off the bat on 9 September is Solaris Party, comprising a groovy mix of progressive house, techno and trance tracks spun by live DJs.
Then, we fast forward one week to The Vibrante Party on 16 September, a Brazilian-themed fete fronted by the tropical beats of local DJ Chris Columbus and DJ Tang.
Finally, The Final Track Party on 17 September signs off F1 season with a fitting coda comprising hip-hop, R&B, Latin and Afrobeat tracks by homegrown jockeys DJ Shai, Faith and KNRCK.
You can also expect curated F1-themed cocktails throughout the month of September, ranging from the berry-focused Raspberry Refueler ($20) to the Pallini Pit Stop ($23).
5. Free mini car rides at Junior Rev 'n' Race, Marina Square
If you and your grandkids haven’t had enough of racing amid the F1 season, head to Marina Square shopping mall near the paddock. Kids aged four to nine years old can expect a free ride on a battery-operated mini car with a minimum spend of $10 on weekdays except for Monday, or $20 on weekends.
You can redeem up to two rides per child, per day (the figure can be a combination of up to 2 same-day receipts).
An achievement stamp will be given to junior racers for each and every ride.
Be prepared to grab exciting prizes if you end up as one of 10 racers with the most stamps by the end of the F1 season.
Junior Rev ‘n’ Race, Marina Square When:12 to 17 September What time:1pm – 8pm (last redemption 7:30pm) Where:Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard Website:https://www.marinasquare.com.sg/
6. The Longest Sunday Brunch at Botanico, featuring DIY cocktails and alfresco vibes
If you’re looking for something to do in the afternoon of race day, consider a two-in-one trip to Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens – first, a morning hike soaking in the verdant flora that earned the gardens its international acclaim, then a boozy respite by way of The Longest Sunday Brunch at Botanico.
Expect a line of mod European dishes accented with Southeast Asian flavours served a la buffet or cooked to order at live stations – think risotto, salmon Coulibiac, beef wellington and premium Fine De Claire oysters served three ways ($98 per pax).
Tack on an additional $35 to receive two hours of free-flow DIY cocktails, or $50 for unlimited Champagne. Let the festivities begin!
End off the festivities with a bang at high-altitude European restaurant VUE, featuring good food, free-flowing wine and an unrivalled view of Marina Bay as you close off Singapore’s exhilarating F1 season.
Prepare for live carving stations, a charcuterie and cheese counter along with an extravagant a la minute risotto booth, complemented with an open bar and a live DJ spinning tunes.
Get a substantially discounted ticket before 6 September at $288 per person, or $320 each thereafter.
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