A is Alonso | The two-time World Champion and two-time winner at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Fernando Alonso came in second in last year's Singapore Grand Prix, from his fourth place ranking in 2011, so he has been slowly edging back up the ranks. A driver to watch out for at the 2014 Night Race, Alonso is also one of the drivers known to show up post-race parties, so keep your eyes peeled.
B is for Bottas, Valtteri | With four podium finishes this year, Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas is certainly one of the rising stars of Formula One racing – and this is only his second year as a Williams Martini F1 driver. The 25-year-old finished fourth at the recent Italian GP in Monza and he might just bring his winning streak to Singapore come 21 September.
C is for Champagne | Spraying champagne after an F1 race is almost a must by the winning drivers after every race and the tradition started when F1 drivers Dans Gurney and A.J Foyt won the Le Mans Race in 1967. Gurney took the bottle and started spraying the crowd. Prior to that, drivers would usually take a sip from the bottle or from the trophy cup. Since then, Champagne is everywhere whenever there is an F1 race, on podiums, at parties and the like. The official Champagne brand G.H.Mumm have released an awesome app, a guide to everything on Champagne, with tips on how to choose, serve, and enjoy Champagne with style and finesse. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/14SfwSh
D is for Driver Deaths - 36 | A little morbid, we know but no point avoiding it. The first on track death took place in 1953 when Chet Miller crashed into a wall during a practice session. The 1994 San Marino race saw not one but two fatalities. Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger ignored a broken front wing during a qualification run which saw him crash into the Villeneuve corner at a speed exceeding 305km/h. One day after his death, Ayrton Senna crashed to his death after a steering column failure. Inside his car was a rolled-up Austrian flag which he had intended to unfurl in Ratzenberger’s honour.
F is for FanVision | A reason many people give for not attending live sporting events is that “it's better on TV”, but FanVision gives you the best of both worlds. Sure, you have to be on site to view it, but the compact handheld controller lets you be in the middle of the circuit and still have full access to instant replays, on-board cameras and all the stats that matter. You don’t get ESPN’s commentary though.
G is for Grid girls | Grid girls, pit babes, race queens… whatever you call them, they’re a staple feature in Formula One or in any motorsport event. Other than escorting the drivers out of the paddock and into their cars on race night, these girls pack on the eye candy factor. This year's instalment of the Singapore Grand Prix will see the debut of our Singapore Girls. On race day, 50 Singapore Girls in their trademark kebayas will walk the tarmac and line up alongside the drivers on the starting grid.
H is for Hamilton | Lewis Hamilton is the man in the yellow helmet with the superstar persona and fearless driving style. This 2008 world champion will be gunning for his next Formula One world championship after collecting his sixth Grand Prix trophy after the win in Italy. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver is now 22 points adrift of current leader and team-mate Nico Rosberg.
I is for iPhone | Stay updated with all the news on the official 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix App. The app also includes the latest 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship results plus driver standings. Browse through the gallery of exclusive pictures and videos, which are available for downloads. You can even purchase tickets to the Singapore Grand Prix right inside the app. http://bit.ly/19ZG5pk
J is for John Legend | The nine-time Grammy Award-winner will be gracing the Village Stage on Sunday 21 September. The R ‘n’ B singer who has a new album out – ‘All of Me’ – joins other artistes such as Jennifer Lopez (21 Sep | Padang Stage), Robbie Williams (20 Sep | Padang Stage), Mayday (19 Sep | Padang Stage) and Pet Shop Boys (20 Sep | Village Stage).
K is for Kimi Räikkönen | The Finnish racing driver made history as the highest paid driver in motor sports, earning US$51 million (S$65 million) a year, when he moved to Ferrari in 2007. Incidentally, that was also the year he clinched the Formula 1 World Championships.
L is for Lights| All 1600 of them. While the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix may not have claim to being the only night race on the circuit any more (the Bahrain leg became a night race earlier this year), we can certainly claim to be the first. To re-create the daylight conditions that is safe for race car driving, Singapore GP got Italian lighting experts Valerio Maioli S.p.a for the mammoth task of lighting the circuit. A night race here uses 108,423 metres of power cables, 240 steel pylons and around 1,600 light projectors with a total power requirement of 3,180,000 watts. The illumination is said to be almost four-times more than the average football stadium.
M is for Marina Bay Street Circuit | At 5.067km long, it is one of the most physically demanding circuits in the world. 2008 Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton says, “You need to put a lot of work into the car to get a good lap – I’d say it requires double the energy of Monaco over a single lap. One lap around here is like two laps of Monaco!” The fastest man to go around it is Kimi Räikkönen who covered the 5.073km in 1 minute and 45.599 seconds in 2008.
N is for Numbers | Since 1996, the numbers emblazoned on each team’s car has been determined by constructor’s championship results. But as of 2014, drivers have been able to choose their own numbers. These will effectively stay with them for the rest of their careers. Most drivers have chosen to go with numbers that they started off with as young boys karting (Hamilton -44, Ricciardo – 3, Alonso -14) while others have gone with their lucky numbers (Rosberg - 6, Gutierrez -21).
O is for Overtaking | Even though the Singapore Grand Prix is mostly run on a narrow street circuit, it's far from being a procession. Watch turns seven and 14 where cars will engage in slip-streaming battles on straights around tight corners.
P is for Parties | From swanky shindigs to private soirees, F1 weekend is chock full of glamorous parties. This includes the trinity of Amber Lounge, Circuit Lounge and Podium Lounge, which are usually a chance to play spot the celebrity, as drivers, their famous model girlfriends, pop stars and moguls make appearances.
Q is for Qualifying | Qualifying sessions determine the grid position of racers during the actual race. The winners of the Singapore Grand Prix from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 have all started from pole position, so a good performance in the qualifiers does offer a bit of an advantage.
R is for Ricciardo | Red Bull’s rising star Daniel Ricciardo has already secured seven podium finishes this season. This includes his home race of Melbourne, for which he was unceremoniously disqualified following a breach in his car’s fuel flow regulations. The prodigious Australian, who is all of 25, has since bounced back and goes in to the Singapore race as third on the leaderboard.
S is for Scuderia Ferrari | From the days of Ascari and Fangio, to Surtees and Lauda, to Schumacher, through to Alonso, Ferrari has been a constant force in the Formula One World Championship since it began in 1950. Along the way, they've picked up 15 Drivers' Championships and 16 Constructors' Championships.
T is for Trophy | Modelled after the Singapore Airlines bird logo, this year’s winner’s trophy is 52cm tall and 18.5cm wide, with the three stripes on either side plated in 24k gold. It was hand crafted by RISIS and weighs a whopping 5kg. Sanjay Chauhan, who designed the trophy, had more than 20 sketches, but it was one of his first few designs that finally made the cut. Here’s how it was made.
U is for Undercut | While you’re watching the race, you might hear the commentators use the word “undercut” to describe a manouvere by a driver. The term is used to describe when a driver deliberately enters the pit early for fresh tyres and get in a few quick laps, which will allow him to overtake a rival who has not pitted yet. Now you have some race strategy to look out for the next time you watch an F1 race.
V is for Vettel | The winner of the past four F1 titles apparently loves racing in Singapore. He said on record in 2012: “Singapore is one of the highlights on the calendar, because the atmosphere of a night race is amazing. I also like it because the track is really great to race on - which is partly to do with the fact that we race anti-clockwise there. It is a fascinating city to visit and everything seems to be extremely clean and tidy.&rdquo
W is for Walkabout | The most affordable tickets to the race won't guarantee you a seat or even half-decent views, but you will get to enjoy all the festivities. This year, bleachers will be positioned strategically throughout Zone 4 to provide Walkabout ticket holders with views of the cars racing past Singapore’s most iconic landmarks.
X is for Xbox 360 |The race weekend in Singapore comes and goes in the blink of an eye, but you can keep the action going all year long with the F1 2014 due to be released in October 2014 (also available on PS3 and PC, of course). This year's version takes into account the FIA's rule changes (improved aerodynamics and turbo-charged power units included) as well as a live evaluation system tweaks the game according to your capability level.
Y is for Yellow Flag | This is something most racing fans don't want to see - apart from those who watch just for crashes - as the yellow flag indicates danger ahead. When this flag is waved, no overtaking is allowed and the safety car may be deployed depending on the situation.
Z is for zones | Zones play a big role in your Singapore Grand Prix experience, so choose wisely – Zone 1, where the priciest tickets will get you, is along the pit building and start-finish straight; Zone 2 is the Helix Bridge which links the circuit to Marina Bay Sands; Zone 3 encompasses the Bay Grandstand; and Zone 4 is made up of the Padang and Esplanade areas.