This is for the early birds

SINGAPORE - For the past six years, the Formula One SingTel Singapore Grand Prix has been one of the hottest races on the calendar.

Since 2008, F1's only night race, held along a street circuit around Marina Bay, has been a sell-out affair.

Last year's race drew a record three-day total of 262,527 patrons.

The New Paper understands that if demand for this year's race - from Sept 19 to 21 - goes past last year's mark, organisers could expand the capacity.

In anticipation of the high demand for tickets, race promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd announced yesterday that early-bird tickets will go on sale from next Wednesday at 9am.

Race fans can also look forward to new and cheaper ticket options during the early-bird phase.

Three new combination packages will offer spectators the choice of sitting in three marquee spots - the Pit Grandstand, Padang Grandstand and Bay Grandstand - over the race weekend.

This brings the total number of combination packages to seven, with prices ranging from $498 to $888 (early-bird phase). Regular ticket prices for Grandstand will remain the same as last year.

For group bookings, fans who purchase eight or more tickets in one single booking will enjoy 25 per cent off a single regular-priced ticket for each one of them.

Michael Roche, executive director of Singapore GP, said yesterday: "We strive to continue to deliver a value-for-money experience for everyone by expanding our popular combination packages, group booking specials and off-track activities, as well as keeping the grandstand prices affordable.

"We were extremely thrilled to achieve a record number of spectators for last year's event and we look forward to the continued support for the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix."

Tickets will be released in two phases: the early-bird phase from March 12 to March 30 and the regular phase from May 1 onwards.

The Singapore Grand Prix is also well known for the top musical acts on show every race weekend.

The likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Maroon 5 and Linkin Park have wowed the fans on the sidelines of the race.

The entertainment line-up for 2014, according to Singapore GP, will be announced in due course.

Fans can catch this year's headline acts at the Padang Stage with Zone 4 Walkabout tickets - priced at $68, $158 and $188 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. These tickets will be released during the early-bird phase.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has won the past three races in Singapore, but there is much uncertainty hovering over the 2014 season.

The sport introduced arguably the biggest set of rule changes in its history ahead of the new season.

The biggest change has been the engines. The 2.4-litre V8s, which have been in use since 2006, have been replaced by the 1.6-litre V6 turbos.

Champions Red Bull have endured a torrid pre-season, while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton looks ready to roar.

The F1 season flags off in Melbourne, Australia, next week.


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