SINGAPORE: Spectators at the fifth Singapore Grand Prix said they look forward to another exciting five years of night racing at the Marina Bay street circuit.
They also would like to see that the race continues to be held in the city.
While the fifth Singapore Grand Prix has come to a close, many spectators gave the thumbs up for this year’s event — both on the track and off the track.
Before the race began, British rock band The Pretenders entertained and warmed up the crowd. These performances have been a key of the Singapore Grand Prix over the last four years.
Mohammad Syahdu said the entertainment performances "was much better than last year".
Others like Malaysian tourist Ahmad Nezam described the race as "special".
"It’s special. It’s the only night race on the whole F1 calendar, said the Malaysian.
Another tourist from Australia said: "The organisation was great, the race was very exciting and lots of events happening. In general, there’s a great atmosphere here."
However, some spectators said they hope to see better acts coming to Singapore in the next five years.
They hope organisers can bring in bigger names like U2 and Journey.
"I like the races, but the entertainment is a big part of it because it’s good to know you can wander around and see a variety of acts, said Lyndsey Igesund from Scotland.
"There have been good names this year and people whom I’m interested in seeing. I’ve seen Maroon 5 and I’m hoping to dash across to see Katy Perry later," she added.
But some die—hard F1 fans are not really bothered about the entertainment.
Twenty—six—year—old Jasmon Koh said he was there just to see the race.
"It’s an event I look forward to every year. I’ve been following the season and when it comes to Singapore it becomes a night race and we get to experience it close up, rather than watching it on TV."
The Marina Bay street circuit has been an iconic venue in the F1 calendar.
Many like 52—year—old Jon Thornes from the UK said the race would lose its appeal if it’s held outside the city.
"If the circuit is outside the city, we probably wouldn’t come. We came here because it’s a special place to come. It’s in the city, and the cars are racing between the buildings. You can see the beautiful scenery," said Thornes.
With negotiations for a new F1 deal out of the way, organisers now have the challenge of ensuring the Singapore night race doesn’t lose its shine.
Already, some spectators have some suggestions for improvement.
Singaporean Genevieve Seah suggested more exits at the event.
"Maybe more exits, because it’s really congested. But all in all, they’re doing a really good job," she said.
Another spectator Arnab Sen said: "Probably a little more on the entertainment quotient. We just have one or two top stars performing. If we can have one or two more performing, that would be more fun."
Alan Doherty from Scotland believes spectators can be better guided around the circuit.
"For us to just walk from the other side of Marina Bay to get here, it was a lot unclear at times, where we were meant to go. You ask for people’s advice, some would tell you one way, and it’s a dead end! And it was one of their officials, so come on!" said Doherty.
But one local fan thinks it’s going to be tough for more improvement.
"Not a lot. This is as good as it gets. This and Monaco, in my opinion," said Remy Koh.
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Having the FI race downtown is actually not a good idea though it is well liked for its night races. It is too noisy, too congested with roads closed to traffic. Also the floodlights are dazzling and must have cost a bomb. Cars just whiz past out of sight in less than a second leaving behind a tormenting scream. The circuit has too many bends and very little straight runs.
The ideal location is the relamation land off Changi Airport where there is more than enough space to have a proper circuit with a three to four kilometres of straight run. On both sides sheltered grandstands are provided where tens if not hundreds of thousand thrill seekers can see the speeding cars. Very enjoyable. Worth the ticket. For those who can pay lesser, provide open air seats at both ends.
During off F1 times, the circuit can be made available to those who own sports cars like the lambo, ferrari, mesa and what have you, for a fee of course. What is $200 an hour if one can afford such expensive cars. The circuit will be an outlet for them instead of screaming along the expressways during the wee hours of the night to satisfy their lust for superspeed. There's no risk of losing the driving licence.
Also, domestic races can be organised for those who want to test their cars.
Added attraction to the place can include theme parks and shopping/eating outlets. Air show? Why not, can also have -lah, Its nearness to the airport will attract tourists. Transport companies will make money ferrying thousands to and from town and housing estates all over the island.
I really don't understand why this was not considered and another 5 years' contract is signed. Perhaps after the 5 five years, the F1 race will be at Changi. I will definitely go, although a bit old already.
It was worrying during the Marooon 5 concert, people were pouring in, 20 mins before the start of the concert, with people having an uneasy feeling as it got very busy with so many entering
At the start up of the band, there was a rush of crowds at the gates, not everyone got in, thankfully as the security had to force the entrance and exits closed, people who had passes who could not enter resorted too tearing down the heavy plastic sheets on the metal fences, and went as far as sneaking under the metal fences, and further prized open the metal fence dividers to gain a rush of access for those who were not allowed to enter
As it filled with more people, my reaction was I wanted to leave the vicinity, nr Entrance 'C" concerned people were aware of the rush of crowd trying to get in.
I was not allowed to leave due to the security unable to open the gates as the crowd would have pushed and poured in from the war memorial area.
It was a very worrying moment for all concerned, and out of control as the crowd outside paid and wanted to see the band play.
Safety is the main concern here, for everyone, please consider crowd control, and how they can react if you cannot cater for all of them in one area to enjoy the band. I managed to leave from another exit with others who felt the unease also, a worrying safety moment for F1 organisers to carefully consider. no I did not enjoy what I seen of the concert, I wanted to leave for safetys sake, I and others felt at risk
24 Sep 2012
MAXIMISE F1 RACE
1 Increase spectators size to about 150,000 or 200,000
By adding stadium style of bench seats where possible
This can fill up many desserted spots along the track and
also to lower the ticket price
2 Help Suntec City and others businesses around affected by the race
Form a F&B company loosely allow ONLY those business affected by
F1 to chip in
This F&B company will be allowed to operate many stalls within the
The profits will shared among the contributing participants to offset their
3 Hold Night Road Run on the circuit the night before the event
Hold it for charity for fun and for enjoyment to hype up the atmosphere
4 Close the main road thoroughfare after 12noon on the eve of the event
to minimise inconveniences
Lets enjoy many more good years for SINGAPORE & F1