Singapore Grand Prix is a motor
race, currently in the calendar of
the FIA Formula One World
Championship. It is currently held
in the Marina Bay area of Singapore.
Upon resurrection of the event in
2008, the first race at the Marina
Bay location, which was also Formula
One's first night race, was won
by Spanish driver Fernando Alonso
driving for the Renault F1 team.
Singapore's third Night Race will be
held in September 2010, in
conjunction with a comprehensive
10-day entertainment schedule.
Officially known as the Grand Prix
Season Singapore 2010, the lead-up
to the final race will include
parties, race-themed events, music
concerts, exhibitions and dining &
shopping experiences. For the first
time, Singapore is encouraging race
enthusiasts to tweet from the race
circuit and various GP Season
agreement for a five-year deal was
signed by Singapore GP Pte Ltd, the
Singapore Tourism Board and Bernie
Ecclestone. In November 2007 it
was announced that the
telecommunications company Singapore
Telecommunications (SingTel) would
sponsor the event. The official name
of the event will be the FORMULA 1
SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The
race was co-funded by the Government
of Singapore, footing 60% of the
total bill, or $90 million SGD, out
of a total tab of $150 million SGD.
The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was
the first Formula One race to be
held at night.
110,000 tickets were made available
for the country's first Formula One
race. Corporate hospitality suites
and packages went on sale at the end
November 2007, three-day passes to
the public went on sale in February
2008. Single-day passes went on sale
a month later. The event went on
to achieve a full sell-out for all
of its tickets.
first race held at the new Marina
Bay Street Circuit was the 15th
round of the 2008 FIA Formula One
World Championship, and was also the
first night-time event in Formula
One history. The timing of the night
event meant that it could be
broadcast live at a convenient time
for European TV audiences. The track
was also illuminated by a series of
projectors which adapt their output
to match the shape of the course.
The race was won by Fernando Alonso
driving for the Renault team,
however that result has since been
tarnished by controversy.
the 2009 race, the circuit was
reprofiled slightly, including
modifications to turns 1, 2 and 3 to
aid overtaking, and also at turn 10
where high curbs caused many
accidents in 2008.