F1 fan crowned F1 SingTel Grid Girl 2012 winner

By Zaki JufriEvents - 02 September 2012 11:01 PM | Updated 4:33 PM

F1 fan crowned F1 SingTel Grid Girl 2012 winner

Ashvin Sandhu (left) was crowned the winner of the SingTel Grid Girls 2012 contest.

A student beat over 100 hopefuls to represent Singapore at the front of the starting grid at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday 23 September 2012.

21-year-old Ashvin Sandhu was crowned the winner of the SingTel Grid Girls 2012 competition on Sunday 2 September at the telco’s final roadshow at Playground @ Big Splash to promote the night race.

The student who is waiting to enter university will have the honour of holding the national flag on race night, which will be broadcast, live to viewers worldwide.

Coming in at a close second and third are 21-year-old bank-teller and part-time model Emily Chia as well as recent marketing graduate Esther Leong, 23. Both will have the honour of holding the Formula One flag and the Singapore GP flag respectively.

The top three posing with new Singapore GP trophy designed by industrial designer Nathan Yong

Click on image to view SingTel Grid Girls 2012 photo gallery

“I am really shocked and thrilled at the same time to be the winner of this year’s SingTel Grid Girl contest," gushes winner Sandhu who professes to be a big Formula One fan. She counts Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button as her favourite drivers and says that her being an avid fan was probably one reason why the public voted for her. “I would like to thank everyone that voted for me,’ she tells

This is the first time that the top three winners were selected solely on SMS and online voting. 

Also read: Meet the top 8 SingTel Grid Girls 2012

The event was officiated by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Home Affairs & Trade and Industry. The event is part of SingTel's efforts to bring the F1 buzz to everyone across Singapore. Roadshow goers were also treated to entertaining carnival activities such as race-themed balloon sculptures, a dynamic performance by Bloco Singapura drum crew, colourful stilt-walkers and a live screening of the Belgian Grand Prix in true high-definition and 3D.

Other winners were also crowned during this third and final roadshow including the top 10 fastest SingTel F1 simulator drivers and Singapore’s fastest go-kart driver, which went to Taryn Rose Mahoney. The 11-year-old wins a pair of passes to meet the F1 drivers in person at an autograph session.

The event also saw the unveiling of the all-new FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix trophy. The trophy, which is inspired by a laurel wreath, is designed by industrial designer Nathan Yong and produced by Royal Selangor.

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Speaking to the media after the event, Mr Iswaran says that there is potential of Singapore extending its hosting of the Formula One night race beyond the current deal if all parties involved (Singapore GP, Formula One management and Singapore Government) are able to sign off on mutually beneficial terms.

Mr Iswaran reiterated that the decision will be made before the deadline next June. He says, "We don't want to force-fit the solution. It's a deliberate process and a measured one. We want to give them enough time to find the appropriate outcome."

“All parties have to work through their own priorities to make sure there are no stumbling blocks and what they’re hoping to see for another five years. The Singapore race is an event in its own right and we want to make sure it continues to be so if we continue,” Mr. Iswaran adds.

2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix is on from 21-23 September,  2012. Tickets available at