Silverstone is the home of British motor racing, and to some extent, Formula 1. The atmosphere there can only be rivalled by the tifosi at Monza. Red Bull Racing, McLaren, Lotus F1 Team, Force India F1, Williams F1, Caterham F1 Team and Marussia F1 Team call this race home and many of their fans make the journey to support the teams. Motor sport and F1 in particular are very well followed in the UK. The knowledgeable sell-out crowd usually makes this event a 'must-attend' for any F1 enthusiast. The atmosphere during the weekend can be described as 'a-ma-zing!'
If there is s a place in the world where it is possible to mix motor sport, sophisticated shopping and a buzzing nightlife you would be forgiven to think of Kuala Lumpur. Sprinkle a touch of glamour and it is probably Monaco that springs to mind. But for those planning to add Formula 1 to a business trip or a holiday, then Singapore has to be that place.
There is a special atmosphere in Singapore in the week leading up to the grand prix weekend, making it a firm favourite with the more sensible gender and the more cosmopolitan amongst us.
This year's edition promises to be even more special thanks to the introduction of a GP2 round to the support race bill.
View from Turn 2 Grandstand (section A3) - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
At the end of every day, when the action on track finishes, the two stages in Zone 1 and the Padang (Zone 4) take the relay with an array of internationally renowned music acts. This year will see the likes of Noel Gallagher, Katy Perry and Maroon 5 take to the centre stage. In the past, the two main stages have been headed by Shakira, Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott or even Travis. Smaller stages in Zone 3 or by the Esplanade Waterfront have welcomed more electronic sounds thanks to appearances by DJs such as Carl Cox or John Digweed.
And if you prefer some quiet time after treating your ears to F1 level, there's always the opportunity to enjoy refreshments in style by the Esplanade Theatres and Concert Hall or some late night shopping in Marina Square. There are also multiple artists providing entertainment throughout the day, such as a drummer troupe or Brazilian dancers giving the whole weekend a carnival atmosphere.
The whole event, generally speaking, feels incredibly well organised and professional. The facilities at this grand prix are better and cleaner than most.