Gearing up for The Singapore Grand Prix in 2013
The Asian city of Singapore, famous for Raffles Hotel, is gearing up for one of the city's most exciting events, the Singapore Grand Prix which takes place this year on Sunday 22nd September.
Racing Cars and Speed
This is the sixth season Singapore has featured in the Formula 1 calendar after motor racing was suspended in the city in 1973 because of rising oil prices and driver fatalities.
When F1 brought the Grand Prix there in 2008, it became a truly unique event as it is the only race in F1 history to take place at night. The top drivers in the world all-vying for the World Championship come to Singapore to earn crucial points.
At 8pm in the Marina Bay region of Singapore, they set off on a 61-lap circuit covering 5.067 km of public roads. There is a tremendously exciting atmosphere as more than 80,000 spectators pack the route and millions more watch the race globally on television.
Surprisingly only three drivers have won the Singapore Grand Prix since it was reintroduced to the city in 2008. Fernando Alonso (2008 and 2010), Lewis Hamilton (2009) and the current holder Sebastian Vettel who won it in 2011 and 2012.
It is also time to party!
This is the weekend Singapore celebrates like it has never partied before with a lot of entertainers from all over the world performing throughout the weekend. This year's big star line-up includes
. Bob Geldof (Saturday 21st)
. The Killers (Saturday 21st)
. Tom Jones (Sunday 22nd)
. Rihanna (Sunday 22nd)
Justin Bieber headlines the closing concert on Monday 23rd so most people take advantage of the inclusive packages offered by local hotels.
Friday 20 September : Practice 18:00 - 19:30 and 21:30 - 23:00
Saturday 21 September : Practice 18:00 - 19:00 and Qualifying Race at 21:00
Sunday 22 September : Final Race at 20:00
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But if it is motor racing you really want to see there is plenty of it starting with the practice session for the 12 lap (or 30 minutes) Porsche Carrera Cup at 3.45p on Friday 20th September.
This race takes place immediately before the Grand Prix on the Sunday. You can see the top drivers in action on the Friday as well as there are two Formula One practice sessions at 6pm and 9.30pm.
On Saturday, after more practice sessions, the all-important qualifying events take place for both the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Grand Prix itself and these are held in the evening. On the day of the big race, there are actually three races to watch. Group 2 take part in a 20-lap circuit (or 45 minutes) at 2.10pm followed by the Porsche Carrera Cup at 5.25pm.
You can feel the excitement mounting all around as the time draws near for the event everyone has come to see Singapore GP 2013. Can Sebastian Vettel make it a hat trick and win this event three years running?
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