- I worked at the Singapore Grand Prix as a volunteer newsletter writer in 2017 and 2018.
- I’ve seen dozens of attendees make the same few mistakes.
- It pays to plan ahead of time, as the event can be chaotic and crowded.
The Singapore Grand Prix is one the crown jewels of Formula One (F1) — it’s where the fastest race cars, the biggest concerts, and the hottest parties collide. After a two-year absence from the F1 calendar, the city-state is set to host the 13th edition of the Grand Prix from September 30 to October 2.
I worked at the Grand Prix in 2017 and 2018 as a volunteer newsletter writer, where I had access to nearly every part of the circuit. Over the two years, I noticed dozens of people making the same few mistakes.
If you’re thinking of attending the Singapore Grand Prix for the first time, here are three mistakes you should avoid.
- Wearing uncomfortable shoes: There’s a lot to see and do at various points around the circuit — and the action isn’t at the paddock until race night. Wearing footwear like sneakers or sandals can save you from blisters and sore feet when walking out and about to catching the F1 drivers off the track (pictured below) or the massive outdoor concert. So ditch the formal shoes and high heels (even if you hold VIP passes) and swap them in for something more comfortable.
- Driving or hailing a cab: Since the Singapore Grand Prix is a street circuit, there are bound to be road closures. Finding a parking spot and navigating through makeshift roads is a tedious process, and not worth it when public transport in the city-state is efficient and convenient. Take the train to the city and walk to the circuit instead — it only takes 10 minutes from Promenade or Esplanade MRT.
- Not budgeting for food and drinks: Bringing in food and drinks is not allowed at the event, so be prepared to spend on the food stalls inside the circuit. Food prices are usually inflated at the event, so make sure to prepare a budget. Several hundreds of thousands of people usually attend the event — there were over 268,000 spectators at the 2019 Grand Prix — so be prepared for long lines at the food stalls. I usually have lunch and dinner at the malls nearby instead, which have everything from restaurants to fast food to hawker fare.