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Formula One preview buzz: Vote for your favourite grid girls

By Zaki JufriEvents - 21 August 2013 11:25 AM | Updated 6:47 PM

Formula One preview buzz: Vote for your favourite grid girls

Not only does she love classical music and play the bassoon, a woodwind musical instrument, but 23-year old Jermayne Chow has been involved in helping to build schools for children in places such as Sabah in Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.

Now, the Nanyang Technological University student has another off-the-track pursuit – she taking part in this year’s SingTel Grid Girls contest held in conjunction with the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.

Out of more than 200 hopefuls, eight girls in their late teens to mid-20s were picked this year to be guides for the Formula One drivers when they line up their cars at the start of the race.

Also see: SingTel Grid Girls 2013 gallery

This year's Formula One night race will be held from 20 to 22 September 2013.

Chow, who is one of the finalists, enthused: “I am definitely honoured to be representing Singapore in this historic event and I’m relishing the thought of meeting my favourite F1 driver Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull Racing.”

The other seven SingTel Grid Girls finalists include students Shirley Koh, Rachel Warner, Stacy Liu, Michelle Koh, Shannon Lim, trainee personal banker Jacqueline Ong and senior staff nurse Ranjeeta Kaur.

The uniforms for the Grid Girls this year is designed by local designer Samuel Wong from Singapore menswear label Evenodd.
 
This is Wong’s first time designing womenswear and the self-taught designer’s sleek and sporty asymmetrical hem dress and matching sneakers was inspired by both the F1 race cars and the concept of “sports luxe”. 
 
His designs which also incorporates elements from the Singapore flag and the telco’s corporate colours was picked from a shortlist of six outfits from designers from fashion design incubator Parco Next Next.

The finalists with fashion designer Samuel Wong

Michelle Koh, an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, told inSing.com: “This is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even if I’m not the winner, I’m happy to just be on the track this September.”

The top three winners for the Grid Girls will be crowned at the Pit Lane Experience on 19 September. They will win cash prizes and will get to hold up the Formula One and Singapore Grand Prix flags in front of the racing grid on race day.

VOTE AND TAKE PART IN ACTIVITIES

You can choose your favourite finalist via SMS (one vote per finalist) or go online at www.singtelrace.com to pick your top three SingTel Grid Girls. Voters can stand to win Bay Grandstand tickets worth $298 each.

A special series of three webisodes, hosted by model and TV host Paul Foster, will also be put up to test how much the girls know Singapore. You can catch the finalists as they “race” around Singapore in a special shopping challenge or be tested on their knowledge of Singapore food.

Besides the Grid Girls contest, SingTel has lined up other activities to engage Singaporeans at the annual race held at the Marina Bay area.

At the circuit on race weekend, there will be 60,000 specially designed and limited edition flags featuring motor racing’s distinctive chequered pattern that will be given out to fans. The digital version of the flag can be downloaded to mobile phones from www.singtelrace.com/wavetheflag.

From 31 August, watch out for SingTel roadshows where participants will have a chance to get into the driver’s seat via The Big Race, an Official Formula One virtual racing game challenge. Those who take part in the virtual race will be challenging popular TV personalities such as Joanne Peh, Romeo Tan, Christina Lin Pei Fen and Qi Yuwu.

The winner will receive a three-day trip for two to France for an F1 driving experience.

“Every year, we work together with Singapore GP to try and find new ways to amaze Singaporeans, get them involved and to feel like they are part of the action. We believe that the race this September is, after all, our nation’s race,” SingTel’s country chief officer Allen Lew told reporters at a press conference on 20 August.

f1 trophy
The new Singapore GP trophy, designed by Risis

F1 SINGAPORE STYLE

In July, the telco giant extended its partnership with the race organisers, with the option to renew the deal until 2017.

The 13th leg of the Grand Prix, which has been called “the crown jewel of the F1 championship”, will also be getting a new-look trophy.

Designed and created by Singapore jewellery company Risis, the trophy will have an element of the Singapore skyline with golden swirls inspired by the aerial view of the Singapore circuit.

Another Singapore outfit involved in the race event is Singapore menswear label Evenodd. Its designer Samuel Wong is the man who worked on the uniforms for the Grid Girls.

This is Wong’s first time designing women’s wear and his sleek and sporty asymmetrical hem dress and matching sneakers was inspired by both the F1 race cars and the concept of “sports luxe”.

His design, which incorporates elements from the Singapore flag and the telco’s corporate colours, was picked from a shortlist of six outfits from designers housed at fashion design incubator Parco Next Next in Millenia Walk.

“I’m thrilled that my design was picked this year because this is the first time that the Grid Girls will be wearing outfits from a Singaporean designer. This exposure is certainly good for my career and who knows, I just might branch out into women’s wear after this,” Wong told inSing.com


2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix | Date: 20-22 September 2013 | Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit | Tickets $48-$1288 from www.singaporegp.sg