As a part of the Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix I am refreshing some older posts on the Singapore GP topic. Here is the second one, originally published on F1Wolf on December 5, 2007 – my walk around the Singapore track as it looked that time. You may wait till tomorrow for part 2, or may simply click on the link at the end of this post and check out the rest of the track right away.
I went to Singapore last weekend for a short weekend break. One of the reasons I picked Singapore as a destination was to check out the place and the future F1 street circuit. I downloaded and printed out this circuit map from f1Singapore.com, took my camera and started walking.
I took off at point nearest to my hotel, this intersection:
If you look at the track map, these are the turns 8 and 15, this is the part of the track that drivers will pass twice. Photo is taken from the hotel room window with the everpresent trees blocking the perfect view.
The track runs anticlockwise, and exactly in the oposite direction of the normal Singapore traffic.
If you look at the map, somewhere here is a location of proposed seating area, I have not figured out yet where will the organizers find a room for one at this spot.
This is what it looks like between Turn 8 and Turn 9, when the cars pass the Singapore Recreation Club:
The St. Andrew’s Road is a relatively long straight that passes by the Supreme Court building on the right and Padang on the left.
Part of the St. Andrew’s Road. The green area on the left is Padang, where some grandstands are planned. When I was taking photos the Standard Chartered Marathon was in full swing, that’s why the tents on the Padang side and start finish line half way through the the St. Andrew’s Road.
This is the final part of the St. Andrew’s straight going towards the Parliament place. As you can see from the direction of the arrows on the road, the F1 will go against the usual flow of traffic in this city.
After the St. Andrew’s road comes series of corners and short straight leading towards The Fullerton Hotel and Anderson Bridge. There will be a chicane created at the St. Andrew’s / Parliament Place corner. Then slight bend to the right (Turn 12) and to the left (Turn 13) and the Anderson Bridge. The next set of photos shows this part of the track:
The above 2 pictures show the section between the Parliament Place and the Anderson Bridge – the Turn 12. The red / white divider was there for the marathon, I am pretty confident it will not be there for the F1 race next year
The cars will turn sharp left (Turn 14) after exiting the Anderson Bridge and charge over the Esplanade Bridge and Esplanade Drive:
This is the view of the long straight following the Turn 14 – the Esplanades Bridge and Esplanades Drive. I believe the race will use the other lane (to the right), otherwise the Turn 15 would be unworkable (see the map and you will know what I mean).
I will finish the part one exactly where it started – at the intersection featuring Turn 8 and Turn 15. This is the part of the track where most of the action should be seen as the cars pass here twice every lap…
Where you see the silver car crossing the yellow line – that is the Turn 15 – At the end of the Esplanades Drive the cars will turn to Raffles Avenue.
I will continue tomorrow. The part 2 will include pictures of the Seating Gallery, Singapore Flyer, Floating Platform constructrion, the Pit Lane construction and pretty much all the rest of the track not covered in Part 1. Stay tuned to F1Wolf.