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 (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.
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The Hungarian Grand Prix is held at the Hungaroring and remains a popular event despite the increase of ticket prices over the past few years. The atmosphere is good and you can also expect the usual bill of support races that includes most European rounds such as GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup.
L-R: Red Bull, Silver 4 (top) and Silver 6 grandstands (Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team)