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Singapore Grand Prix
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The busy roads along the Marina Bay waterfront and the Padang will once again be transformed as the world's first Formula One night race returns to Singapore. The asphalt will smoke, heads will turn, the entertainment will flow and parties will rock as Grand Prix fever grips residents and visitors from 19 to 21 September.

The on-track action will be riveting. All new 460 horsepower Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will be tracking to the tracks for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. There's also the Masters Historic Formula One where 20 F1 cars from 1966 to 1985 will be racing for the first time in Singapore. Then its all eyes on championship favourites like Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Earl Bamber who will burn up the track in the main race.
Singapore Grand Prix
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The off-track action is no less captivating. Armed with an entertainment line-up of no less than 49 acts from 20 countries, this year's race season will deliver more non-stop adrenaline-pumping action, all within the Marina Bay Street Circuit Park. You can expect theatre, magic and roving performances from the time the Circuit Park gates open at 3pm until they close at midnight each day. And don't forget the world-class music acts from heavy hitters like Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Mayday, John Legend, Pet Shop Boys and Ziggy Marley.

Singapore Grand Prix
Photo courtesy of Singapore GP Pte. Ltd

Whether you're a petrolhead, party goer or by-stander, the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix offers offers everyone a reason to celebrate and have fun. From spending big to getting it FREE, here are the best ways to enjoy the Formula One weekend in Singapore.

Money is no consideration

With Platinum credit cards and rolls of cash at hand, you are set to experience the creme-a-la-creme of F1 parties in Singapore. And if you're a glitterati seeking that bespoke experience that money can't buy, these party organisers are ready to deliver F1 on a personal plate to you.

Amber Lounge

amber lounge fashion show
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Monaco-based Amber Lounge by Sonia Amber, whose brother was an F1 driver knows how to throw the best after-race parties especially since she's revving it up in Abu Dhabi, Austin and Monaco too. Held at Millenia Walk, a typical package at $26,600 gets you unlimited bottle service including champagne at your 8-person Jeroboam table located near F1 drivers, celebrities and the live performances. Your non-stop party also includes a fashion show with a difference as F1 drivers swap their cars for the runway alongside models dress in labels like Hervé Léger, Brioni, Stefano Ricci and La Perla.

amber lounge
Photo courtesy of Amber Lounge

If you're looking for a VIP place to party the 20 and 21 September night away, exclusively with F1 drivers, global celebrities, supermodels and fellow international jet-setters, then grab one of the Ultimate Grand Prix Weekend packages from Amber Lounge.

The Podium Lounge

Another key track-side VIP event takes place from 19 to 21 September in Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, within walking distance of the F1 Pit Building. The Podium Lounge is where the high octane action of the Singapore Grand Prix continues into the after-race party, packed with Asia's jet-setting elite, ambassadors, royalty, celebrities, supermodels and racing teams.

podium lounge F1 singapore
Photo courtesy of The Podium Lounge

With your VIP table of 4 at $1,388, you get to enjoy your Moët with entertainment from vocalist Nadia Ali, a race memorabilia auction. solo art exhibition by Stefanie Hauger (winner of the 2013 UOB Southeast Asian and Singapore Painting of the Year Awards), sample the Red Bull Special Formula 1 Edition Energy Drink and check out the new Lamborghini Huracán. Former Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will be a guest host and 3-Michelin Star Chef Quique Dacosta will present an exclusive dinner for the first time in Singapore. To get your tickets, visit The Podium Lounge website.

Partying for everyone

KU DÉ TA's Night Race Weekend

KU DÉ TA Singapore night race weekend
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You can make KU DÉ TA at the top deck of Marina Bay Sands your home for the Grand Prix weekend if you're looking for unbeatable views of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Best thing is the panoramic scenery from the 57th floor is revved up by big name DJs like UK's Kiss FM Hip Hop personality Shortee Blitz, Russell Peters' Spinbad from US, Berlin-based electronic princess Nakadia, Singapore's Joshua P and Brendon P, and the venue's all stars Ya5th, Suren, Deepak and Styluxtakut. Executive Chef Frederic Faucheux returns from Epicurean Market with new Modern Asian signature dishes and original creations for his Grand Prix menu. Prices start from $100. For more information, visit the website.

Pan Pacific Hotel Poolside Pit-stop

Poolside Pitstop Party at the Pan Pacific Singapore poolside
Photo courtesy of Poolside Pitstop Party

The biggest pool party event of Singapore's race season returns. Sponsored by Mumm and organised by Pan Pacific Singapore, Privé Group and Massive Collective in the wet chic and sexy style of Miami and Vegas pool parties, you can expect more models, celebrities, partygoers, booze and toys. Get ready to be entertained by an even stellar line up of DJs like Smith Agent Smith (USA), Mikey Moran (JKT), Sabrina (SG), Zim (MY) and Vxlerie (SG). With a sizzling day party on 20 September and the blow-out main event on 21 September, you might as well just live by the pool over the weekend. Tickets start from $58. Visit the event website for more information.

Bacchanalia Brunch at Marina Bay Sands

Bacchanalia Brunch GPSS
Photo courtesy of Bacchanalia

The folks behind one of Singapore's top restaurants will again present their over-the-top Bacchanalia Brunch on 20 September. The main ballroom in Marina Bay Sands will be transformed into a glitzy day-time brunch party with 7 hours of non-stop fun delivered by international DJs like Stephen Day from the UK and Modium from Australia. Headlining the party will be DJ to the stars Mel DeBarge from New York. Add to that the mouth-watering gourmet finger food and drinks and you've got the recipe for a great party atmosphere starting from $48.

Just need a Freebie

Find an office party

Singapore Grand Prix
Photo courtesy of Singapore GP Pte. Ltd

There are many offices around the Marina Bay Street Circuit with fantastic views of the race. Some of them organise private staff gatherings or host small parties during the race weekend. Start asking friends in the area with office parties or mine your contacts list in facebook and linkedIn for an invite.

Ask around for giveaways

Companies tend to buy tickets as giveaways to their clients. Some may be unused or there are spares closer to race day. Not everyone who has a ticket to the race will end up using it for a variety of reasons so ask around and someone's loss might be your gain.

The consolation prize
F1 Pit Stop @ The Libraries
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If you have already tried your utmost and still unable to obtain any free access to the race, there's still the consolation prize. The National Library Board and Singapore GP are offering a FREE exhibition and roadshow at the Central Public Library till 30 September. You can get behind the wheel on the Marina Bay Street Circuit with Singapore GP's simulators, try using cardboard to build a life-size replica of Formula One car, attend a talk about the world of Formula One and watch 2 award-winning feature films on the Grand Prix and Senna. Finally, there's always the option of watching the race on television and supping on your favourite hawker food with family and friends.

Get paid to watch the race
Singapore Grand Prix
Photo courtesy of Singapore GP Pte. Ltd

With so many events and parties happening during the race weekend, all the hotels and F&B establishments around the Marina Bay area will be hiring temporary staff. Instead of paying, you'll be getting paid to watch the race and join the party. Just make sure you choose to work the right venue with the best views.
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Why? Where else in the world can you enjoy a weekend night race and parties?
When: Varies according to venue
Phone: (65) 6738 6738
Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit & various venue
Cost: Top dollars, afforable and free
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