As a part of the Countdown to Singapore Grand Prix I am refreshing some older posts on the Singapore GP topic. This is the second part of the walk around the Singapore track, originally published on F1Wolf on December 5, 2007. Stay tuned for part 3, that will show how the track looked only few months back.
The Part 1 of the Walk Around The Singapore Formula 1 Track finished at the Turn 15. You can check the location on this map from f1Singapore.com.
The Raffles Avenue then bends slightly to the left – Turn 16. The photo below is a bit distorted as I hade to zoom the picture from a bit of distance, otherwise I would likely end up being hit by a bus
The structure you can see in the background is the Seating Gallery.
The next right turn, Turn 17, will take the cars towards the water where they will turn left again to the short straight with the Seating Gallery on the left and the Floating Platform on the right. Here is where the part of the track that is still under construction starts.
However the actual track at this section will likely be closer to the Seating Gallery – the construction is under way behind the white fence you can see on these photos.
Right behind this wall is the section between turns 18 and 19 with the Seating Gallery on the left and the Floating Platform on the right. Both these structures seem to be under construction, however at least when looking from the sea side the Seating Gallery looks quite ready. Here are few pictures taken from different places:
Well, now comes the interesting part of the Singapore F1 race track – their version of the Monaco tunnel. The cars will turn left at the Turn 19 and go inside or under or through (whatever you call it) the Seating Gallery to come out at the Turn 20 and rejoin again the Raffles Avenue. You can check the video animation of the Singapore track. Here are the photos of the “tunnel” under the Seating Gallery taken from the Raffles Avenue:
After the Turn 20 follows a short straight on the Raffles Avenue as seen on this photo:
Where the straight on the above picture ends, that is the Turn 21. And here is the photo taken from Turn 21 looking back at Turn 20.
Here begins another section of the track that is now under construction. The cars will turn here into the present construction site (to left side of the above photo but it will be right turn for the drivers as the photo shows where the F1 cars will be approaching from).
There is no way in here at the moment, unless you work there. After the right Turn 21 comes almost right away left Turn 22 that will take the cars on the Marina Promenade. Just by the Singapore Flyer is the Turn 23 where the cars turn left towards the start finish line. The track map also shows Turn 24, another left hander, but that one looks more like a bend than a turn.
From here I could rejoin the track only somewhere between the Turn 3 and Turn 4. However the construction of the Pit Lane and Paddock is visible from the other side, from Republic Boulevard, here are few photos how Singapore F1 Pit Lane looked in early December 2007:
On the track map you can see Turns 1,2 and 3 – these are either not yet there or very well hidden, I could not identify them. The next photo shows a view from around the Turn 4 back towards somewhere where the Turn 3 will eventually appear:
The Raffles Boulevard is the fastest strech on the track. It is almost a straight all the way to the Turn 7, but there is a bend near the Pan Pacific Hotel, marked on the map as Turn 6. Here are photos from the Raffles Boulevard. Again, the direction of the F1 race will be against the flow of normal traffic seen on these pictures:
The Turn 7 will take the cars to the Nicoll Highway. This is the view of the Nicoll Highway after Turn 7. The cars will be coming from the right but on the side of the road with the traffic. Not the empty road on the photo. This photo is taken from Turn 18 towards Turn 7. To refresh the memory – Turn 18 and Turn 5 are the opposite corners at the same intersection.
So, this is it, this is the whole Singapore F1 track as seen in December 2007.