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Singapore F1 GP 2013

The 6th edition of Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (GP) was recently concluded over the weekend from Friday 20th September 2013 to Sunday 22nd September 2013 at the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore’s Marina Bay area. The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP lived up to its tag line for 2013 to bring the pre-race weekend events, race weekend atmosphere, fun and carnival closer to the spectators, creating a Singapore Style Formula 1 experience for people from all walks of life. On Thursday 19th September 2013, there was a Flag Off for the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore GP weekend with Rev Up Singapore campaign and members of the public were able to walk around and explore the famed Marina Bay Circuit Pit Lane and Zone 1 Carnival Village. I was there too, soaking in and enjoying the fun on Thursday night and the Thursday Pit Lane Experience was awesome!

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The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore was my 6th time participating and enjoying the Formula 1 carnival and racing action, that you can see here in my Flickr Collection – SingTel Formula 1 Singapore GP Collection! Growing and enjoying home ground Formula 1 action and carnival, I was able to see the changes and improvements over the past 6 years. The atmosphere was still awesome with great visitor numbers to the Singapore GP race weekend. For 2013, I went on Friday 20th September 2013 to photograph and enjoy the race weekend atmosphere with my fellow photographer friends and social media enthusiasts at the Marina Bay Circuit. Since I started shooting Formula 1 action in 2008, this particular segment of sports photography is not an easy journey to learn and capturing the racing photographs was very challenging due to the restrictions and constraints.

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Accumulating and writing my Formula 1 experiences, I wrote a F1 Photography Tips here in 2009 to share with my friends and readers and it served me well! My 6th edition of Singapore GP was probably my best year in capturing F1 cars in action, it took me 5 years to reach this level through my limited F1 photography opportunities, my sports photography coverage over the years and my  highly trusted telephoto lens for sports and wildlife, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens. I mentioned earlier that while my original F1 Photography Tips served me well, it’s time to come up with a F1 Photography Tips Version 2.0  from me!

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The artistes and performers line-ups over the 3 days of racing weekend and a closing concert on Monday 23rd September 2013 was electrifying and big. Huge crowds packed the Padang to catch the big performances, giving Singapore GP race weekend additional fun, entertainment and excitement for their fans and spectators. Famous stars and celebrities graced Singapore GP race weekend over the years and the future stars and performers line-ups will only get bigger and better!  I enjoyed myself on Friday night with Big Bang from Korea performing at the Padang, the crowds were crazy and singing away.

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Stationing myself at Turn 11 during Friday Free Practice One and Turn 13 during Friday Free Practice Two, these are my two favourite spots for capturing F1 cars in action at the Singapore GP. These two turns usually have many photographers and spectators watching and capturing the F1 cars in action! I am looking forward to 2014 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP, I am planning to shoot from Zone 1 at Turns 1, 2, 3, 22 and 23 respectively, on top of Turns 11, 12 and 13. Spending Saturday and Sunday at home watching Singapore GP 2013 from my television, it was a magnificent and gorgeous view from the skyline, an aerial view of the Marina Bay Circuit and the Marina Bay area lighted up. Singapore’s Marina Bay Circuit is definitely the crown jewel of Formula 1 and we are proud of that! Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing won the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP, with Fernando Alonso of Ferrari coming in second and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus F1 coming in third. Here are my selected photographs from 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP racing action and Thursday Pit Lane Experience!


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SingTel Flags Off 2013 Singapore GP Weekend!

The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (GP) is back in Singapore and this year, in the 6th edition of the Singapore GP, there are many activities and events to Rev Up Singapore for the 2013 SingTel Singapore GP! On Thursday 19th September 2013, the “Rev Up Singapore” campaign by Singapore GP, opened up the famed Marina Bay Circuit Pit Lane and F1 village in Zone 1 to members of the public, generating a huge excitement leading up to the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore GP happening this weekend from Friday 20th September till Sunday 22nd September!

Gate 1 was opened at 7pm and the huge crowds started queueing up before the official opening time and they walked in to enjoy the Thursday Pit Lane Experience around  the F1 village in Zone 1. There were entertainment and performances on the Village Stage and around the F1 village, there were booths around the F1 village whereby you can buy F1 merchandise too. There was a major event for 2013 SingTel Singapore GP, with the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girl, held at the village stage. SingTel, Title Sponsor of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix, unveiled Singapore’s top three Grid Girls at The Pit Lane Experience, just 24 hours before race weekend.

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The quote (via press release) by Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel gave a great insight of the upcoming 6th edition of Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP –

“Summing up this year’s Formula 1® Singapore Style race carnival, Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel, said: “This being our sixth consecutive year of sponsorship, we had the opportunity to learn what people enjoy, so we went all out to create a Singapore-Style  Formula 1® experience for people from all walks of life. As a result, we are very happy to have seen a tremendous increase in public engagement; with close to a million votes for the Grid Girls, bigger crowds at the roadshows and over a thousand people signing up for The Big Race.

“We are delighted to have found the first Singaporean to take the chequered flag and thank everyone who participated in the activities. We look forward to an adrenaline-filled race weekend where we have also created a unique way for Singapore to show its support for the race – a specially-designed chequered flag which is available in both physical and digital form.”

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Close to a million votes for this year’s SingTel Grid Girl

23-year-old student, Shannon Lim won the honour of holding the Singapore flag as this year’s top SingTel Grid Girl. She is one of three winning Grid Girls who will flag off the race this weekend. In second and third place were Jermayne Chow, 23 and Stacey Liu, 21, both also students.

The public got to know this year’s SingTel Grid Girl contenders via The Singapore Factor, a series of Singapore-style challenges that were designed to find Grid Girls who best epitomise the Formula 1® Singapore Style theme. Featuring favourite local pastimes like shopping and eating, the clips were available for viewing on www.singtelrace.com. The winners were determined via SMS and online votes by members of the public.

“Being a SingTel Grid Girl has been an amazing experience. The challenges truly highlighted our unique Singapore culture and I really enjoyed meeting all the F1 fans at the roadshows. I watch the race every year and still can’t quite believe that I will be the one holding the national flag on the starting grid this weekend,” said Miss Lim.

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After catching the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girls, we continued exploring around the F1 village before queuing up to enter into the Pit Lane for the Pit Lane Walk Experience! The crowds were very enthusiastic and this was a highlight that they were looking forward to! The crowds walked along the famed Marina Bay Circuit, near to Turn 2 Grandstand, starting at Turn 3, walking towards Turn 2, then Turn 1 and straight road to the Start/End. Along the walk, you can see and sense the excitement with people taking many photographs on the Marina Bay Circuit track! As we continued walking into the Pit Lane area, looking at the F1 garages preparing their F1 cars for the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP! This rare photography opportunity to be up close to the F1 cars and Pit Garages was something that the participants could not resist and the photography went into overdrive mode, taking as many photographs as possible. Although we can’t visit the F1 garages, I am very happy that I was able to take photographs of the Pit Lane and the F1 cars being prepared for weekend racing action! Walking from one end of the Pit Lane to the other end of Pit Lane, we turned back and walked along the Marina Bay Circuit track, soaking in the atmosphere of the famed Marina Bay Circuit. The Pit Lane  Experience walk feeling was great and enjoyable, it’s building up to the race weekend in Singapore!

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The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP is starting tonight at the Marina Bay Circuit, I am looking forward to my 6th edition of Singapore GP and adding it to my Singapore GP collection! Do check out Singapore GP website for more information and updates! Enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP this weekend!


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* Press release/information Courtesy of SingTel and Ogilvy Public Relations *