5 genius facts about the 2009 Singapore F1 GP

5 genius facts about the 2009 Singapore F1 GP

Dazzle fellow Formula 1 enthusiasts with your cursory knowledge of the sport
Rain in Singapore F1
Seen here at his concert in Hong Kong's AsiaWorld Expo Arena, Korean singer-actor Rain will make a surprise appearance at F1 Rocks.
With an estimated 80,000 people streaming into the Singapore F1 GP circuit, both Today Online and AsiaOne have published similar, 20-tip lists for enjoying the races over the next three days. Both are chock full of useful guidelines detailing suitable attire, weather patterns and reminders to wear comfortable shoes, as the Marina Bay area will turn into a frozen-over vehicular hell with road closures and traffic re-routing.

But F1 isn't just about aimlessly watching supercharged cars whizz by. As proof, here are five fun facts about this year's F1 race to impress the folks next to you during intervals.

  1. This isn't the first time the Grand Prix was held here. The Singapore Grand Prix was first held as a Formula Libre event in the 1960s and 1970s at the Thomson Road circuit, which was discontinued after 1973 for a variety of reasons. This technically means the 2008 race wasn't the inaugural, but it still claims bragging rights as the first night event in F1 history.

  2. Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was so impressed by the level of organization for both the previous and current races that he's thinking of taking the street race format back to the United States, with a day-time race in Manhattan, New York.

  3. Korean superstar Rain was a surprise last-minute addition to F1 Rocks, the official Formula One-endorsed concert during Grand Prix week here. During the three-day concert, he will be screening a video segment, which was filmed in the Chinese and Japanese Gardens along with Mark Webber, the 2008 German Grand Prix winner.

  4. The 2008 race cost an estimated S$150 million to run, of which the Singapore government funded approximately 60 percent, including the construction of the circuit. It's expected to rev up Singapore's tourism sector with projected revenues of some S$100 million yearly.

  5. If you've ever had a dream of owning even a tiny part of an actual F1 team, it may just come true. Two Singapore-based motorsports enthusiasts want to form the world's first community-owned Formula 1 team. The catch? They need about 50,000 interested people to raise the minimum US$5 million ($7.1 million) needed. Check out their website at www.myownf1team.com