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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Friday, 19 September 2014 09:19

Over the last six years, the Singapore Grand Prix has made a name for itself and has become one of the highlights of the Formula 1 season. This event has such a unique vibe, it's like nowhere on the calendar. The original F1 night race ticks just about all the right boxes. The ambience is electric, the venue is exotic, glamourous and the views are spectacular under the floodlights.

The off-track entertainment is unrivalled and the city just lends itself to the party atmosphere. On top of that, Singapore is a very friendly place which is renowned for its hawker centres (street food courts) and shopping experiences.


View from Turn 2 Grandstand (block A3) - Image: Ferrari S.p.A

The grand prix takes place on the 19-20-21 September 2014 and is one of the toughest and longest on the F1 schedule. Support series this year are provided by the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship.

This year, the two stages in Zone 1 and the Padang (Zone 4) will see John Legend, Robbie Williams, Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Lopez and the Pet Shop Boys perform between or after on-track sessions. In the past, the Marina Bay event has welcomed the likes of The Killers, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Noel Gallagher, Shakira, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott or even Travis.

Smaller stages in Zone 3 or by the Esplanade Waterfront have welcomed more electronic sounds thanks to appearances by DJs such as Carl Cox or John Digweed. There are also multiple roving artists providing entertainment throughout the day, such as a drummer troupe or Brazilian dancers giving the whole weekend a carnival atmosphere.

If you also like to party on F1 style, The Podium Lounge Singapore will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Walk (Friday to Sunday) and the glamourous Amber Lounge will take place next to the Conrad Centennial Hotel on Saturday and Sunday. The bars by the Esplanade Theatres and the Concert Hall offer a cheaper alternative for refreshments in style by the water in case it is some quiet time that you're after.

All in all, this is a stunning event that is far more than a race weekend and you get the feel for the effort the organisers put into it.

 
Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

Silverstone is the flagship circuit of British motor racing, and to some extent, Formula 1. The feeling there can only be rivalled by the tifosi at Monza. Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India, Williams, Marussia and Caterham all call this race home and many of their fans make the journey to support the teams. Motorsport and F1 in particular are very well followed in the UK. The knowledgeable sell-out crowd usually makes this event a 'must-attend' for any Formula 1 enthusiast.

2014 marks the 50th running of the event which takes place on the 4-5-6 July. The anniversary celebrations kick off with a performance of the Kaiser Chiefs on Thursday 3rd July (tickets sold separately) and carries on during Friday with a 40's to 80's vintage fashion competition a la Goodwood Revival to win grid passes. Throughout the weekend there will also be parade laps of heritage grand prix cars. So bring on your best attire and join the festival mood!


Silverstone Wing - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

In case you're wondering between attending the British or another grand prix, it is worth noting that Silverstone is one of the few Formula 1 venues that does not receive government funding and relies almost entirely on some 120,000 spectators on the Sunday to keep the event going. The support bill features round 5 of the GP2 Series, round 3 of the GP3 Series and round 4 of the Porsche Supercup.

 
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