SINGAPORE - Believe it or not, there is a high chance a Singaporean will take the chequered flag at the Marina Bay Street Circuit next month.
The virtual one, that is.
As part of a series of activities ahead of this year's Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, title sponsor SingTel is conducting an island-wide search for the nation's fastest driver on the official F1 Xbox video game.
Virtual drivers with the fastest lap times from four roadshows will be paired with a local celebrity in an ultimate race finale, with the eventual winner sent on a three-day F1 driving experience in France.
Other promotional activities, which the local telco has designed to incorporate "Singapore style", include a reality television-like programme that tests this year's eight SingTel Grid Girl finalists on their knowledge of the city.
About 60,000 specially-designed chequered flags featuring a red square will also be distributed come race day.
It is SingTel's bid to create a race with a unique local flavour and where as many locals as possible can be involved in the race weekend from Sept 20-22.
Another first for the sixth edition of the only full night race on the F1 calendar: The winner's trophy is designed by a home-grown company, Risis.