It’s that time of year again!
Formula One (F1) hits Singapore for the Grand Prix this week, culminating with the race on Sunday.
Racing, music, fireworks—it’s a blast!
Even though big city events are exciting they can also be stressful.
Here’s a couple of things to think about when planning your laps around the pits and parties.
1. Don’t drive!
Much of the CBD (Central Business District) will be closed off to traffic or rerouted so driving yourself is really NOT an option, even in the few days leading up to the event.
Avoid the stress. This is the perfect time, if there ever was one, to take the MRT (train, not buses, which will be rerouted).
You can get right to the center of the action around Marina Bay on the Circle and Downtown lines, and trust me, it is the way you want to get OUT as well as in, as many taxis and Grab do not even try to hit the CBD during F1 weekend.
If you are considering car transport, arrange it ahead of time and make sure you have a viable pick-up location. One year we were stuck at the Ritz after-party (darn!) because the taxi had to weave through underground parking lots to get to us.
2. Keep calm
There’s going to be big crowds, but they are well-managed and even though sometimes you are worried about the wall-to-wall people, know that there is a logistical plan to get you safely to where you need to go around the track or into the concerts.
Just keep calm and all will be well.
3. Have a game plan
If you’re going to concerts, check to see which gates you need to go into the event. (Everyone that has a race day ticket can attend the concerts at the Padang.)
One year, when Robbie Williams was playing, I missed the gate closure literally by seconds and had to go all the way to another entrance in the rain to see the rainy-but-awesome show.
And for God’s sake, please don’t hold your camera phone up to supposedly FILM the concert instead of being in moment and watching the show live. Are you really going to go back and watch that video you spent the whole time shooting over your head while people around you could not see? (That’s a bit of a sore point for me when Maroon Five played last year as literally the entire audience held cameras straight up over their heads the whole show.)
4. Follow the rules
The police are in full force during F1, which is a very good thing to see for such a large event.
Don’t try to jump barriers or cross where you are not supposed to cross. Just don’t. A year or so ago, some guy ended up on the F1 track during the race…not cool and it was not taken lightly.
Overall, just go with the flow and have fun! It’s one of the best weekends of the year here for music and parties.
By Finder blogger: Andrea McKenna, September 2016 / Updated September 2019
About Andrea McKenna
Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.
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