New corner names for Singapore Grand Prix circuit
Race fans have their say in special competition
20 March 2009, Singapore -- Three of the corners on the Marina Bay street circuit which will host the 2009 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, now sport new names, following a competition created in conjunction with the Singapore newspaper, Today.
In response to the 'It's Your Turn' contest, close to 1,800 names were submitted for the corners formerly known as Turn 1, Turn 7 and Turn 10. While Today is a national newspaper, entries were received from as far afield as Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada.
The panel of judges took into account names that were punchy, have a strong local connection and are easy to pronounce. Getting to the eventual winners was a tough task, but in the end, Arthur Lim, a greetings card designer, won the top prize which consists of two grandstand tickets, a pit lane walkabout and a trackside hotel room during the 2009 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, from September 25 to 27.
Mr. Lim's winning submission will rename Turn 1, the crucial first corner of the lap, "Sheares" in relation to the Benjamin Sheares Bridge which towers over the track at that point, and the fact that it "also suggests speed and smoothness."
Both the bridge and the corner take their name from Singapore's second President, who led the development of the island state from 1971 until his death in 1981. The submission beat off many who advocated a link with the winner of the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso. This time he will have to be content with second place.
Turn 7, which was the scene of some of the most spectacular overtaking moves during the 2008 race, will now be known as "Memorial", due to its proximity to the imposing monument honouring civilian World War II victims. The 61 metre-tall memorial is composed of four columns representing four races, joined at the base to symbolise unity.
Turn 10 with its triple apex, last year claimed Kimi Raikkonen and Giancarlo Fisichella among its victims. It will now be named after Singapore's most famous cocktail, the "Singapore Sling". The drink is said to have been invented by Ngiam Tong Boon at the Long Bar in the nearby Raffles Hotel. The cocktail or sling is made up from a mix of gin, cherry brandy and Benedictine.
"Just like any icon, the corner has to be treated with respect" says Colin Syn, deputy chairman of the Singapore GP and part of the jury. "Drivers have to be careful here, but it can serve as a slingshot if they tackle it well. I guess after the exploits of some drivers last year, there could be jokes about a Wallbanger, but we chose to name the turn after the Singapore Sling because it is known internationally and fans everywhere can relate to it instantly".
Singapore Grand Prix Photo Competition Extended To End April 2009
Avid photographers who attended the 2008 FORMULA 1 Singtel Singapore Grand Prix will now have another month to take part in the Singapore Grand Prix Photo Competition. Originally slated to end on 20 March, it is now being extended to 30 April.
"The Singapore Grand Prix Photo Competition provides an ideal platform for spectators to showcase their finest photos taken during 2008 FORMULA 1TM Singtel Singapore Grand Prix. We have been very impressed by the photos submitted so far, which display the exhilarating and unforgettable experiences spectators enjoyed at the race last year. We hope the extension will encourage more photographers to share the spectacular moments they captured on camera," said Mr Chang Chee Pey, Director, Brand Management, Singapore Tourism Board.
Photos with accompanying captions can be submitted online at www.visitsingapore.com/mysgp where entries will be jointly assessed by the STB and Singapore GP. The winner will be awarded a pair of tickets to the exclusive Formula One Paddock ClubTM while the first runner-up will win a pair of Pit Grandstand tickets for the 2009 FORMULA 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The next seven winners will be presented with the second runner-up prize of a pair of three-day passes to the Padang Grandstand each. In total, nine pairs of 2009 FORMULA 1TM SingTel Singapore Grand Prix tickets will be given away.
Shortlisted photos will be featured online and may be used in marketing collateral by the STB and Singapore GP. Winners will be announced on www.visitsingapore.com/mysgp on 25 May 2009.