New initiatives planned to rev up the excitement this year includes: A Thursday Pit Lane Walk for non-ticketholders, a motorsports carnival in collaboration with the Institute of Technical Education, free preview screenings of the movie RUSH, a corporate ‘give-back’ ticket scheme as well as exclusive behind-the-scene tours for students. In addition, Singapore GP will be expanding the well-received Singapore GP School Visit programme introduced last year.
Mr Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman of Singapore GP Pte Ltd was quoted: “Singapore GP is expanding on our efforts in previous years to share our excitement and passion for Formula One to even more Singaporeans this year with the ‘Rev Up Singapore!’ campaign. We invite people of all ages to participate in our activities as we gear up for another exciting instalment of the Formula 1 Singapore Gran Prix.
Mr Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board added, “STB is fully behind Singapore GP’s efforts to introduce more activities to strengthen community engagement around the Singapore race. Since its debut five years ago, Singaporeans and our local communities have been integral to the successful hosting of the Formula One race. Their line-up of activities will help to widen local participation and engender greater interest and pride in our race, the crown jewel in the entire Formula One calendar.”
For the first time ever, 2,500 members of the public will be able to experience a Pit Lane walk for a privileged view of the Formula One garages up-close, as well as the F1 Village in Zone 1 of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, before the Circuit Park opens to ticketholders. The Thursday Pit Lane Experience will take place on 19 September, a day ahead of the Circuit Park’s opening. Once only accessible only to Formula One Paddock Club ticket holders, the Pit Lane Walk offers participants an exclusive first-hand view of the team garages at the Pit Building.
Singapore GP has teamed up with Cathay-Keris Films to present free preview screenings of Rush to 1,500 lucky Singaporeans. The screening will take place at the Cathay Cineplexes in Ang Mo Kio, Causeway Point, Cineleisure Orchard, Downtown East and The Cathay on 18 September 2013, before the movie officially opens in Singapore.
The movie Rush is based on a true story about the epic rivalry between legendary Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season. The re-creation of the rivalry between the two world champions stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, Daniel Brühl as perfectionist Niki Lauda, and Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller, Hunt’s first wife.
As a prelude, Singapore GP will be organising a motorsports carnival open to members of the public. This will be held in conjunction with the ITE Fiesta on 25 and 26 August at ITE College Central. Visitors will be able to try their hand at interactive Formula One-themed game stations, test their racing skills with the Singapore GP simulators, and embark on a visual journey through a photo exhibition that relives five years of night racing.
Singapore GP is also reaffirming ties with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) with an extension of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties. Under the MOU, more than 4,000 ITE students have been offered this unique training and work experience programme at the Marina Bay Street Circuit since 2009.
Students from polytechnics and universities in Singapore will also be able to attend a series of educational talks by members of the Formula One fraternity, including a talk by Lotus F1 team and Pirelli. More speakers in the series will be announced shortly.
The Singapore GP is working with the People’s Association to expand the School Visit programme to 15 secondary schools this year. Students will gain an insight into the world of Formula One through educational talks, interactive game stations and a photography exhibition. Some of the secondary schools Singapore GP will be visiting include Crescent Girls’, Outram and Ping Yi.
Selected students from the different schools will also get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Marina Bay Street Circuit in September. This tour will offer participants a first-hand look into the Paddock, team garages and hospitality homes, and even restricted areas like the Race Control room, podium and commentary booths.