All revved up for scintillating race action at the world’s ONLY Formula One night race this coming September? With its dazzling array of programmes both on and off the track, the highly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix 2016 is set to mesmerize crowds for the 8th year since 2008.
Witness world-class racers in the likes of Vettel, Alonso and Hamilton compete at full throttle down the challenging Marina Bay Street Circuit. Not to mention the stellar musical line-up of internationally acclaimed artists, from Australian pop star Kylie Minogue to alternative rock band Imagine Dragons.
However, for the regular driver not keen from the get-go, this means multiple road closures even before the start of the event. Whether you are a ticketholder to the Singapore Grand Prix or simply plan to spend your weekend near the Marina Centre area, it will certainly be tough to get there in the comfort of your car. Below are some key dates and timings to note. Be prepared to take alternative routes during this period, or not drive at all.
Information for drivers
According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), road closures will happen over six days beginning from 12.01am, 14th September. Affected roads will reopen progressively after the race and all roads will be fully accessible by 5.30am, 20th September. Fortunately, some of these roads (see here for full list of affected roads) are opened at select hours (5.30am-9.30am, 5pm-8.30pm) to facilitate morning and evening traffic peaks. As for those who still wish to drive to the Marina Centre area, there are designated times for a single-lane road from Nicoll Highway and Temasek Boulevard to be opened. More details can be found here.
Expect slow, heavy traffic in the area, though, which can be stressful and frustrating to drive. Availability of parking spots is another great cause for concern. Taking the public transport would be your best bet, as operating hours of MRT train and selected feeder bus services will be extended in view of greater demand.
However, if you do not wish to jostle with sweaty throngs of F1 fans on packed trains and desire to get there in the comfort of your car without worrying about traffic nor parking, a perfect solution would be to hire a chauffeur.
FIV Personal Driver
If you are considering this option, you are in luck. In view of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, FIV Personal Driver is offering $25 off the first ride for the month of September. You get to eliminate unnecessary stresses on the road, enjoy the convenience and add that touch of luxury to your F1 experience. Simply use the promo code F12016 when requesting your driver on the app.
Whether you are an avid motorsports enthusiast or simply want to soak up the festive atmosphere of F1, you have plenty of options to get there. The choice is yours.