Singapore gears up for F1 Singapore Grande Prix

Written by Akshay Kumar | Mumbai | Updated: Jun 26 2014, 23:08pm hrs
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Singapore is all set to host the seventh edition of Singapore Airlines Singapore Grande Prix 2014 from September 12- 21, 2014. This race is the only Formula 1 full-night street race in the world and is held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The complete race includes a total of 61 laps with 23 turns to increase the difficulty level. Apart from the race, the circuit park is hosting a series of entertainment events and stage performances to attract the audience.

Speaking about the race, Sarah Martin, director of operations and security, Singapore GP, said, Singapore GP is the only night race in the world and the only street racing in Asia, this itself attracts a lot of fans. Last year we had an attendance of 87,509 spectators per night, in this seventh edition we are expecting even more numbers. We are also increasing the special entertainment events in the circuit park this time. Robbie Williams will also be performing this year.

Previously, the circuit bay had six stages where various concerts and performances were held in the backdrop of the Formula 1 race, this year the number of stages have been increased to nine. The title sponsor of the event is Singapore Airlines, the flag carrier of Singapore.

Singapore Airlines has also introduced an exclusive package for the Indian Formula 1 fans. Passengers travelling from Mumbai and New Delhi on the Airbus A380 will receive 10 per cent discount on the base fare and economy class passengers travelling from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Vizag and Trivandrum will receive 15 per cent discount on the base fare. This special discount is valid between September 11- 25, 2014.

Speaking about the new offer, David Lau, general manager- India, Singapore Airlines, said, The interest levels of the Indian Formula 1 fans are increasing. Over the last six years there has been a number of Indian visitors attending the Singapore GP. This year we have decided to offer the Indians special packages and offers to further see an increase in tourism. Singapore Airlines has recently launched the A380 to Mumbai and New Delhi and we are offering a 10 per cent discount for passengers travelling to Singapore from September 11 to 25.

When asked about the possibility of a codeshare operation with Air India, Lau commented, Air India has now become a member of the Star Alliance. As of now we don't have any plans, but may be in the future we may have a codeshare agreement as we are also a Star Alliance member.