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  • #349470

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    I think transport back is always an issue isn’t it? I’m in the main grandstand and yes, let’s get a F1F group going. We could share a taxi or, at worst, have somebody to talk to while waiting for the shuttle.

    #348847

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    *clock*

    Damn autocarrot.

    #348846

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    It looks to me that the organisers are just running out the click on this one. Pity about the entertainment but who knows, the local acts might be awesome.

    #348255

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    We got into the track through a cruddy little gate directly across from the podium. We’ve also accessed it through a gate near the T1 wheelchair platform. Grab a bit of tyre rubber as a souvenir.

    The big plus for me is that Singapore’s track is one of the most easily accessible from public transport or walking from the City hotels. It’s a big factor if you’re with kids (mine were small the first time but are more robust now). The night race is also very scenic with the city lights and the bay.

    Singapore also falls at the right time of year in the Australian school holidays schedule so I can take my kids without disrupting their studies. Melbourne is at the worst time of year for us even though it’s just down the road.

    F1 live looked like fun.

    #348215

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    @travelbird12. that’s the inside of T1/2, the grandstand itself is on the outside of the turn. It may be that it’s the paddock club area and inaccessible to regular ticket holders.

    After the race you can get into the track to and walk down pit straight. You can check out the garages and see them getting packed up. That’s on Sunday night only of course. After that you can walk down the track (anti clockwise) to get to the Padang area.

    This will be our fifth year. We had Zone 1 tickets for 3 years and last year and this year we’ve done the 3 grandstand tickets (Padang pit Stamford). I can’t wait.

    #348196

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    @travelbird12 AA is set back a bit and you’ll have a good view of that final corner. It’s certainly a better spot than mid-pit lane where the cats are only in view for a second. Lower down you’ll have the catch fencing to deal with but the upside is that you’ll get more of a cooling breeze than further along pit and it’s easy to get onto the track at the end of the race. It’s a fair walk from the village to AA but nothing too serious.

    As to walkabout in zone 1. I’ve never had it but I’ve seen people on the inside of the T1/2 area. How they got there I don’t know.

    #347753

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    Turn 3 is great, has hospitality and a/C but is quite expensive. T2 is my pick for the zone 1 area, comparable view to T3 in the western most seats.

    A zone 1 for T3 ticket will get you into the Padang area but it’s quite a walk.

    SISTIC is the official outlet for tickets, they are highly efficient and have never failed me.

    #347752

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    Turn 3 is great but T2 will save you a bucket of cash and gives you a comparable view. Hospitality at T3 is apparently good but expensive, if you’ve got the cash then go for it. T3 also has an A/C area which might swing your decision. Avoid Bay grandstand, the seats are killers though it does get a nice breeze.

    Your T3/T2 ticket will get you into the zone 4 Padang area for getting major concerts but it’s a fair walk. There’s also a stage at the Village in zone 1 but the biggest acts don’t play there.

    I always get my tickets direct from SISTIC in Singapore which is the main seller. They’ve always been terrific.

    #346671

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    Is it possible to walk from the main grandstand area to the F stand? Is there an underpass or is it just a long walk back around the perimeter, or a long wait for transport?

    Does F have any screens I can’t see any on the fan youtube clips I’ve seen? Is the commentary on the PA any good or should I bring an FM radio/F1 App?

    Is it possible to walk back to the airport? I hear that the wait for the shuttle can be horrendous.

    #346567

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    Thanks guys. I was thinking of staying at the Hilton or the other big hotels at Sentral. Is Sentral a good area for Nightlife? I want to see some music or at least have a lively restaurant/social area near where I stay.

    #346547

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    What’s the frequency of the shuttle between the airport and the circuit and vice versa?

    #345995

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    I’ve done 4 Singapore GPs and I’ve never seen the pit walkthrough advertised as a thing. I heard from someone that it was just paddock club people and corporate dudes who get the walkthrough. That or I’m just stupid. Same for autograph sessions.

    I found that Bay has a great view lower down in the stand and right up at the top has a nice air con bar. The seats are a bit uncomfortable though, I’d take a pillow for my back if I was in that stand again. A big plus for Bay is that it’s a lot cooler than other stands as you get a nice sea breeze (if it’s blowing of course). Padang and Pit can be sweltering.

    The only other issue I had with Bay was that to get to the stages and eateries at Esplanade/Padang you have to go through a bottleneck bridge. Not a big deal but it’s the only route and it can get busy.

    I got a three stand pass this year, Stamford, Pit, Padang. Did the same last year with Bay instead of Stamford. It’s a nice couple of combo’s with lots to do. Had Zone 1 tickets for 3 years and I now prefer the zone 2/3 areas but you don’t get the podium and track invasion as you do at zone 1.

    #336809

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    @rachel if you’re down low you’ll be looking through the catch fencing all night so it might be just me but that’s not ideal. The upper levels of T2 are better IMO as you get a clear view. Anything above the vomitories is good. I spent a couple of races in block A6 which is at GE far left of the stand nearer to T3. It gave a good view of all three corners. There’s also a position right under the highway bridge I scoped out once. It gives you a view down our straight, the pit exit, and the back of the cars going through T1-3. Also handy if it rains, which it never does at racetime. Pit grandstand is a bust as far as I’m concerned. It’s virtually all behind Catch fencing and the cars are going so fast you can’t really appreciate them. A comment above says T3 grandstand is good.

    #334817

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    @ra-sewn
    I moved seats once but in the same stand so it’s doable “officially” through SISTIC (if you’ve gone direct) but if you bought through a reseller then I reckon you might be snookered. Trading fan-to-fan on the day is possible but I’d be wary of security. Last year they checked my ID, a spot check and it only happened once (in 5 GP visits). But I think they do that so that regular person “A” doesn’t give their ticket to axe-wielding maniac “B”. While it’d be wildly against the odds you’d get spot checked and refused entry using someone else’s ticket it’d be a possibility I guess. But that’s just my read on what happened – it might just be that my disguise as a middle class, middle aged, white dude who looks like a suburban accountant (I’m not that at least) was so convincing that I just had to be hiding something.

    Esplanade stand looked good with a nice breeze but pretty exposed to the sun in the afternoon, it also has better access to the entertainment and food than Bay because you don’t have that bottleneck across the track going East. While the view is great and it’s got a nice air/con bar at the top I’d avoid Bay at all costs, the seats are horrific – the person who designed them must moonlight at Guantanamo.

    I’m all prepaid up; flights, hotel, tickets. Come September it’ll feel like a free trip.

    #334648

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    @evilhomer. We spent the first 3 years at pit and turn 2. T2 is excellent, pit not so much. But the zone 1 area is a long way from the Padang stage and we’re keen on the entertainment aspect. We did the Padang combo last year; Bay, Pit, Padang. Best of all worlds as the Esplanade has better facilities than zone 1 and most of the bands. This year the combo is Stamford, Pit, Padang. Race view isn’t as good as T2 though.

    We’re at the Novotel, an easy walk to zone 3 and 4 area. It also had a lot if entertainment right on the doorstep. My teenage kids can also find their way back to the hotel easily if we split up through the night. Novotel has gone up in price quite a bit from our first visit though but the kids familiarity with the area makes it easy on me to manage the trip.

    Flights, race tickets, hotel – all booked and paid in full. Can’t wait.

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