A is Alonso | The two-time World Champion and two-time winner at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Fernando Alonso came in third 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 2013 Night Race, Alonso is also one of the drivers known to show up post-race parties, so keep your eyes peeled.
B is for Big Bang | The Korean band, who was here last year, will be returning to Singapore again to headline the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix's Padang stage on Friday 20 September 2013. The quintet, who consist of G-Dragon, Taeyang, Seungri, T.O.P and Daesung, will join a lineup that includes Rihanna, Bob Geldof and Tom Jones.
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.
E is for Evenodd | The uniforms for the Grid Girls this year is designed by local designer Samuel Wong from Singapore menswear label Evenodd.
This is Wong’s first time designing womenswear and the self-taught designer’s sleek and sporty asymmetrical hem dress and matching sneakers was inspired by both the F1 race cars and the concept of “sports luxe”.
His designs which also incorporates elements from the Singapore flag and the telco’s corporate colours was picked from a shortlist of six outfits from designers from fashion design incubator Parco Next Next.
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 – thanks largely to the body-hugging uniforms – to the usual droll race (it’s just a bunch of cars going round and round after all). The top three winners for the Grid Girls will be crowned at the Pit Lane Experience on 19 September. They will win cash prizes and will get to hold up the Formula One and Singapore Grand Prix flags in front of the racing grid on race day. Check out more of the Grid Girls here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6qAY9pMYIw
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 fourth successive pole position in the Belgian Grand Prix, where he finished third place. The 28-year-old Mercedes driver is now 58 points adrift of current world champion Sebastian Vettel.
I is for iPhone | Stay updated with all the news on the official 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix App. The app also includes the latest 2013 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 Justin Bieber | Love him or hate him, it is hard to deny the influence of this Canadian pop singer who is only 19 years-old. With eight million albums sold in the United States and over 15 million worldwide, Bieber has over 37 million followers on Twitter and was named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as the third most powerful celebrity in the world. He will be performing the closing concert on Monday night at the Singapore Padang.
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. The SingTel Singapore Formula One Grand Prix is the only night race in the world and 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 Ninety-one | The number of race victories recorded by one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time – Michael Schumacher. He was brought out of retirement by Mercedes in 2009 but on 4 October 2012, Schumacher announced that he would retire for a second time at the conclusion of the season. His current record at 91 wins is 63 more than Sebastian Vittel, the current F1 world champion's race wins, which stands at 28.
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.
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 to 2011 have all started from pole position, so a good performance in the qualifiers does offer a bit of an advantage.
R is for Road shows | In a bid to bring the Grand Prix closer to fans, The Big Race is out for the search of Singapore’s fastest virtual driver. Held over four roadshows from 31 August to 14 Sept, finalists will get to team up with MediaCorp celebrities Joanne Peh, Qi Yiwu, Pei Fen and Romeo Tan for the finale.
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 | This year, RISIS, a Singapore company (about time we say!) was commissioned to design the Grand Prix trophy. The elegant trophy, inspired by the Singapore skyline, captures the actual shape of the circuit when viewed from the top.
U is for Unmarried Maestro | He was a bachelor right until his death in 1995 at the age of 84, but Juan ‘Maestro’ Fangio was the driver many men envied. He had balls and he was wildly popular with women. Fangio won five Formula One World Drivers Championships and held that record for 46 years until Michael Schumacher surpassed it. He was considered the oldest winner by the time he won his last title at the age of 46 in 1957, and still holds this ‘record’. In his time racing Formula One, the Argentinian took part in 51 races and won 24 of them. He was on the podium 70 percent of the time and his feats were all the more legendary considering the dangerous tracks in those days - and all he had was a helmet and goggles for safety.
V is for Vettel | The winner of the past three F1 titles apparently loves racing in Singapore. He said on record last year: “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 2013 due to be released in October 2013 (also available on PS3 and PC, of course).
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.