Strong response to this year's Singapore GP a pleasant surprise: S Iswaran
- POSTED: 27 Sep 2013 19:20
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Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Trade and Industry Minister, S Iswaran, said he is pleasantly surprised with the strong response to this year's Singapore GP.
SINGAPORE: More than 260,000 spectators had attended the three days of F1 action in Singapore this year, with 87,000 catching the exciting finale on Sunday -- Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Trade and Industry Minister, S Iswaran, said that was a good outcome for the race, both in terms of numbers and general reactions from stakeholders.
He said that despite increasing competition from other race venues around the world, Singapore's night race still represents a unique attraction.
Organisers Singapore GP also had a longer timeline to work, after the new five-year contract was signed in 2012. The race is currently into its sixth year.
Mr Iswaran pointed out that changes had been introduced to boost the buzz around the race this year -- like concerts on the Monday after the race -- and he expects more in the years to come.
An example for 2014 is a possible collaboration with the WTA Tennis Championships, which Singapore will host in October -- this is despite the two events targeting different groups of spectators.
"Some parts of it could be twinned, for example, with Formula One as well. There are some synergies but there are also things that make it interesting and different, which is important for us," said Mr Iswaran.
Another area that the race can improve is increasing engagement with Singaporeans.
Mr Iswaran added: "We are also open to ideas from various community groups on how we can broaden involvement and get more people excited around this important event in our calendar."
Mr Iswaran said that one such initiative that went down well this year was the Pit Lane Walk, where for the first time, 2,500 members of the public got a tour of the team garages at the Pit Building without having to buy a ticket.