Spectators at the Bay Grandstand will hear the roar beneath their feet as the cars race past the picturesque waterfront stretch and drive underneath the Bay Grandstand, one of the most unique features of the Singapore track.
Because this section of track requires the drivers to negotiate four angled turns (16 to 19) in quick succession, it has proven to be an Achilles’ heel for many of them. In 2013, Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso hit the wall on the outside of Turn 18 and retired. In 2012, Narain Karthikeyan lost control of his HRT and crashed into the Turn 18 barriers while Bruno Senna in 2010 rammed his car into Kamui Kobayashi’s stationary BMW Sauber which had fallen prey to the same barriers earlier.
The Bay Grandstand is perhaps best known for the notorious 2008 Nelson Piquet Junior incident that took place after Turn 17, in addition to bungled moves a year later by Romain Grosjean at the same location.
Bay Grandstand ticketholders are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and beverage, with outlets at the grandstand’s undercroft as well as at the nearby Esplanade Theatres by the Bay.