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Singapore F1 GP 2014

In the 7th year of the Singapore GP since her maiden debut in the year 2008, I had been faithfully following and going to Singapore GP over the 7 years and I never got bored at the Singapore GP since I am a fan of motorsports and Formula 1 racing! The only difference this year was the change of the title sponsor from SingTel to Singapore Airlines, the organiser overall had done a good job in keeping its status as a iconic F1 circuit and destination on the F1 calendar! The street circuit night race still stands out as a jewel in the F1 circuit calendar!

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While I only bought Friday practice ticket, the atmosphere was great and we can still see the crowds at the Singapore GP Marina Bay Street circuit park. I went to my favourite spots in Zone 4, at Turns 11, 12 and 13. Due to work constraints, I was a bit late in entering to catch Practice 1 and spent my shooting time during Practice 2 at Turn 11. In between practice 1 and practice 2, there was a time for me to take a break first and I went to look for my uncle and cousin, who were there too to enjoy Friday practice session! We hanged out for a while to chat and walk around the Padang, took photos before we go to our respective spots to watch practice 2!

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I managed to get a good spot at Turn 11 for practice 2, there wasn’t anybody in front of me and my view wasn’t obstructed, great to shoot the F1 cars in action! I think I probably managed to get all of the F1 cars in action! During the one and half hours of practice 2, I still thoroughly enjoyed my sports photography and continued honing my sports photography techniques and tips on shooting F1 cars! Armed with my highly trusted and reliable Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 USM L lens, along with my reliable and trustworthy work horse DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. This combination is definitely an ideal and awesome sports photography setup!

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One of the highlights of Singapore F1 GP 2014 is the great and awesome rock band, 五月天 a.k.a. MayDay from Taiwan performing on Friday night! They are very popular and loved in Singapore, it was great to see them performing live again in Singapore at the Singapore GP 2014! They rocked the house down, sang their hearts and souls out with their passion and music, the die hard fans reciprocate and rocked the house down too with their screams and singing along to their heartwarming and beautiful melodies!

I left Friday Singapore F1 GP 2014 on a high and enjoy myself thoroughly! Looking forward to Singapore GP 2015!


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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 *

Singapore F1 GP 2012

In the year 2008, Formula 1 came to Singapore, lighting up the Marina Bay cityscape skyline in the night with the maiden world’s first and only Night Race. In her 5th edition year, the Singtel Formula One Singapore GP 2012 grew over the past 5 years and we would be having the Night Race in our beautiful Marina Bay cityscape for another 5 years!

Looking back in time from Singapore F1 GP that I attended from 2008 to 2010, it brought back many memories since I was an Formula One fan and I loved watching Formula One cars in action at the Marina Bay circuit, a city street road race in the night! Here are my posts and memories –

2008 ~ 300th post – Reporting on Singapore F1 GP – Night Race Practice

2009 ~ Friday Practice @ Singapore F1 GP 2009 

2010 ~ Singapore GP 2010 – Practice Session

2011 ~ Singapore F1 GP 2011

With my strong passion and interest in sports photography and watching Formula One action, I wrote a post on F1 Photography tips, from my experiences, trials and errors during the time I was at Singapore F1 GP photographing the F1 cars in action.

For Singapore GP 2012, I went for two days, Friday and Saturday. It was great fun for me photographing the F1 cars, at my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13, whereby the F1 cars were at a much slower speed and this allowed me to capture (freeze) them in action a lot easier. Photographing F1 cars in fast high octane action is very difficult, it’s not just about skills and experiences, it’s also about the quality of my photography gear, especially the lens and DSLR body! My cousin and niece were there too on Friday night practice and we all watched the action from Turn 13 viewing platform. There were entertainment too at the Padang, whereby Jay Chou was performing after the second practice session on Friday night. However, I didn’t stay back and watch his Jay Chou’s performance and headed home to rest.

On Saturday, I was back again at the Singapore GP, courtesy of Singtel, with a bunch of social media community friends to enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP. While they enjoyed it from the Padang Grandstand, I walked around to  Turn 11, 12 and 13 again to capture the F1 cars in action, trying to capture different angles and views from my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13. After the qualifying session was over, I joined back bunch of friends for Maroon 5 concert at the Padang and they rocked the house down! The concert was awesome and you can see the whole of Padang filled up with many people! Check out my Singapore GP 2012 photos on Flickr! 

The 2012 Singapore GP had to be one of my most exciting and fun years that I attended (as compared to the other 4 years), reasons were I went for 2 days instead of 1 day, a bunch of friends to stay back and enjoy the concert that were part of the entertainment. On the photography aspect, my F1 photography experiences over the past 4 years and the addition of a mint 2nd hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM powerful lens helped me a lot in my F1 sports photography for 2012 Singapore GP!! Check out my Formula One Singapore GP photography collection over the years on Flickr! 

The unique and iconic F1 Night Race in a city landscape, it’s beautiful and special, making the Singapore GP a great carnival atmosphere with F1 sports photography action. This is indeed an awesome branding, publicity and marketing for Singapore to the whole world. With the renewal of the Singapore GP for the next 5 years, I am looking forward to 2013 Singapore GP !!


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Singapore GP 2010-Friday Practice Session

3rd year running, the Night Race that runs through the street circuit, 61 laps over a distance of 5.076km equipped with 23 turns in an anti-clockwise direction, under 580 ambient lights, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Singapore GP !

It’s my 3rd year visiting Singapore GP, all on a Friday Practice Session with my fellow Formula One fan, Hanlong, after managing to purchase Friday Practice Walkabout tickets from the organisers on the Friday itself. For the 3rd year running, there were improvements made to the circuit and surroundings, it was great to see the organizers making changes and improvements, to enhance the F1 drivers and spectators experiences during the Singapore GP 2010, it’s not just about racing, the carnival is fun and packed with activities too!

With my experiences walking around Zone 4 of the Singapore GP circuit, I led Hanlong to the key turns of the Singapore GP circuit whereby we would be able to watch and capture the F1 cars in action (when they have to slow down a lot). For the Friday Practice session, it was quite packed and there were quite a number of spectators present, for Saturday and Sunday, the crowds would definitely get bigger ! Entering from Gate 3, walking towards Turn 13 beside One Fullerton, followed by Turn 12 in front of Queen Victoria Concert Hall, then Turn 11, Turn 14 and Turn 15. It was really loud and thankfully, we had our ear plugs on ! The speeds at the straight stretch were very fast and it was very challenging to capture them in action !

The Singapore GP Night Race, lights up the Central Business District and Marina Bay area, making it very beautiful and bright with the circuit lights. It’s not just the view from the sky that is magnificent, the views from the ground level is just as great ! Would you like some photography tips on how to capture Night Race F1 cars in action ? Check out my F1 Photography Tips !


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While I didn’t purchase tickets for Saturday and Sunday, I will definitely enjoy Singapore GP 2010 somewhere, probably in the comfort of my home ! Oh yes, Go Ferrari !