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Going to the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay.

Going to the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay

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  • #251669
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    Baconsarnie
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    Thanks, for the race would you recommend Turn 1 or 2 as being the best?

    #251809
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    Mankster
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    Turn2block A2 Row 10 and above are the prime seats with best view. You are however further away from the cars here than anyone her grandstands.
    If you want to be closer to the cards goes for Turn 1 Blocks A4-6.

    #251899
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    Thanks again, Have booked Turn 2 Block A2 and Row 19 for the weekend. Couldnt resist getting the view straight down the pit straight and turns 1 and 2. Turn 1 looked good but guess you’re mainly viewing the back of the cars through turns 1-3.

    Justified it as a one off expense to pay the extra as not going to do it again so might as well get good seats!

    #251903
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    The strength of the SG$ is a worry this year. A couple of years ago it was 25% in my favor. Last year it was virtually 1:1 (after fees) and it looks like the same this year. Any one thinking of waiting to order tickets, you can still get good T1/2 tickets right up to August in my experience but the early bird rate is tempting (ends in May I think).

    #251909
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    Yeah did do a quick check against the Singapore Dollar vs Pound Sterling before i booked. Luckily for me its the best rate for about 3 years ($2.10 to £1) but has generally been pretty steady at around 2:1

    #272978
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    Not long to go now, just got notification of the ticket collection point. Its the same as the last few years… Raffles City convention centre.

    #273148
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    Hey, just joined the group and have tickets for the Singapore race – a first for me and the wife. So, apart from ear defenders, radios, what advice for us from others who have been before? Clothing wise, are shorts tees and lightweight wet weather gear enough? 26 degrees in the evening doesn’t sound too bad. What are prices like as we are on b&b only – and any suggestions for eating places that won’t kill us budget wise. And anywhere to visit on our ‘day off’?
    Thanks in advance.

    #273988
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    Gred, Clothing wise, shorts & tees are OK and be prepared to bring caps and brollies as Singapore weather can be extremely hot and wet on the same day.

    You can visit the usual touristy places like the casino and attractions at Marina Bay Sands and Sentosa island. Refer to http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/experience.html for more.

    #273989
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    You shouldn’t have a problem with very light clothes unless there’s a stiff breeze coming in from the South. Some stands are very protected and can get very hot – others less so. We were there three years running and never once broke out our brollies. (And now having said that it’ll pour this year.) A brollie would be handy if you’re in a sunny spot for the practice sessions though you can move about pretty freely within your stand for those parts of the event as it’s usually less than half full. Food and drink is expensive inside the venue but we’ve never had a problem bringing in snacks and water. If you have to have a beer I wouldn’t try to get that through security, that might be where they draw the line. If you’re not all that picky about food (that’s me) there’s any number of supermarket food halls that are several cuts above the quality you get here in Australia so you can get a decent feed for cheap. If you’re going for sit down restaurants in tourist areas like Clarke Quay then be prepared for a shock. The YMCA on Orchard (booked by now I’m sure is pretty cheap). As for regular hotel acccommodation, if you find somewhere good, cheap and on the MRT let us all know – hotels prices for the weekend will make your eyes water.

    #274316
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    My wife and I have tickets for turn 2 A4. Wanted to get A2 but was a bit slow buying tickets in April and only single seats were only available. The T2 A4 seats we have are seats 1 and 2 which i hope is enough to see down the straights – very excited!

    Going to have a wonder during practice sessions to explore the track, where’s the best spot for taking photo’s of the F1 cars around the track?
    I also noticed this year our tickets won’t have access to the Singapore Flyer, but instead they’ll give 10% discount from the regular price to those who wish to ride the observation wheel – that’s a bit of a shame.
    Final question – I know the concerts will be popular but if i waited until after the race to go see the concert in zone 4 will i be able to get into the park to watch anything?

    #274356
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    I’m in the turn 2 grandstand as well but block A2. Have booked to stay in the Village Hotel Katong, was not too expensive for a late booking (£600 for 6 nights for 2 in a Superior room) and is rated #16 / 263 on Tripadvisor. The downside is its not on the MRT but is only a ten minute bus trip from the hotel to the Singapore flyer.

    Hoping the weather forecast picks up though!

    #274365
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    I don’t think you can see the car lining up from T2 A4 but unlike A2, you can see the whole T123 turn complex in its entirety any you are much closer to the cars in A4. The walkabout areas get you closest to the cars, the bleachers at the final turn and just after the Singapore Sling are good.
    The Padang can probably hold twice the F1 attendees, so no issue with not being able to get in. However if you walk back from Zone 1 after the race you will probably be towards the back and may have to resort to the big screens to see what’s going on stage clearly.

    #274366
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    Oh it rains somewhere in Singapore every day, so the general weather forecast you read in the news is pretty much the same everyday. Showers are normally short sharp burst. Its less likely to rain in the evenings. weather radar is what you need to predict when you need to find cover. There are few apps now that are very good.

    #274393
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    Appreciate the info and advise @Mankster. Immediately after the race is it possible for us to get access from T2 grandstand onto the race track to witness the podium ceremony?

    Are there any photographers on this forum? I have a 300mm lens attached to my Canon 5D, will this be sufficient to get close up shots from T2? Are monopod’s allowed as I have seen other people’s photos carrying a monopod around?

    Only a week to go, really excited to attend my first F1 race weekend, been a fan and follower of F1 since the early 90’s!

    #274428
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    They normally open up a gate between T1 and T2 grandstands ( and another at the other at the start of the straight) to allow access to the track at the end of the Grandprix. You might want to make a move for it as soon as winner crosses the line. monopods are allowed but cannot be used in the grandstands, you need to keep it collapsed.

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