Fans will get a firsthand look into the garages during the 'Thursday Pit Lane Experience'. Photo: Singapore GP
2,500 lucky people will get a chance to get to see all the action in a Formula 1 pit garage this September even before the Marina Bay Street Circuit Park opens to ticketholders.
Once only open to Paddock Club ticket holders and VIPs over race weekend, the ‘Thursday Pit Lane Experience’ which happens on 19 September, offers participants an exclusive inside look of the team garages as well as enjoy the various concerts and performances at the F1 Village. To participate, all you have to do register on the Singapore GP website from 28 May to 22 August. Each person is eligible to ballot for up to four tickets.
This special preview is part of race promoter Singapore GP’s continuing efforts to bring the excitement of Formula 1 to more people.
Last year, the Singapore Government has extended its contract with Formula One Administration to continue holding the Grand Prix race here until 2017 (Read story here).
“We are expanding on our efforts to share our excitement and passion for Formula 1 to even more Singaporeans this year with this campaign. We invite everyone to participate in our activities as we gear up for another exciting night race,” says Colin Syn, Singapore GP’s deputy chairman.
Besides the pit lane walk, the ‘Rev Up Singapore!’ campaign will also consist of a motorsports carnival, school visits, a behind-the-scenes tour as well as educational talks by Lotus F1 team and official F1 tyre supplier Pirelli.
Another event that you can also look forward to is the special preview movie screenings of ‘Rush’ which follows the life of F1 champion Niki Lauda and stars Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. Singapore GP is working with Cathay-Keris Films to give 1,500 people a chance to catch this movie before everyone else on 18 September at all Cathay Cineplexes. To get your hands on a ticket, all you need to do is ballot for a pair at the Singapore GP website from 28 May. Both the 'Thursday Pit Lane Experience' and 'Rush' preview screening are only open to Singaporeans and Singapore residents.
The race promoter also introduces the 'Singapore GP Give-Back' scheme this year where its corporate clients can contribute a portion of their tickets to a local charity. This initiative will give Singaporeans who don't have the means to attend the races a chance to experience it.
REVVING UP THE MASSES
Race simulator challenge at SGP school visits
To bring the excitement closer to the people, Singapore GP is collaborating with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to organize a two-day motorsports-themed event as a prelude to the night race.
Held at ITE College Central (201 Circuit Road) from 25-26 August, ‘Rev Up Singapore Motorsports Carnival’ will bring the excitement of the Formula 1 out of the circuit park.
You can play Formula 1-themed games, pit your skills in the race simulators and relive five years of the night race through a special photo exhibition.
“I am excited to see ITE getting more involved with Formula 1," says Fu Qiang, ITE’s deputy director of services.
Since 2009, ITE has been sending 1,000 students annually to the race to undergo on-the-job training as access control officers, customer service representatives and even manning the first aid booths. Singapore GP and ITE have recently renewed their collaboration for another five years.
According to Fu, the whole carnival will be run by the students themselves who come from courses like events management, hospitality operations, engineering and even games design.
He adds: “Through this carnival, I hope that more people will be able to discover the work that our students have been doing with Formula 1. We also want more students to find out about this partnership as it can provide many learning opportunities for them.”
“I am confident that through these initiatives, more Singaporeans will get to know more about Formula 1. I’m optimistic that what we’re doing will dispel any myths that Formula 1 is only for the hard-core racing fans. The excitement can come in many different forms and there are certainly something different for everyone this year,” enthuses Fu.
2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix | 20,21,22 September 2013 | Marina Bay Street Circuit | Tickets $48-$1288 from www.singaporegp.sg