F1 fans can show skills in virtual driving seat

F1 fans can show skills in virtual driving seat
MediaCorp performers Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu playing the F1 racing game.

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.

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