Formula One Is Coming To Orchard Road This April

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Singapore, 12 April 2011 – F1 fever is roaring into town early this year, as the highly anticipated Red Bull Speed Street Singapore show run will bring former Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard to Singapore next weekend in a first-of-its-kind display of the terrific power of a Formula 1 car in Orchard Road.


As part of the run-up to the event, the actual running show car which Coulthard will be driving will go on public display this weekend, outside the Singapore Marriott Hotel, until the evening of 22 April.


The Singapore Marriott Hotel has been unveiled as the Official Hotel of the Red Bull Speed Street Singapore event today, in a deal which will see former Red Bull Racing driver David Coulthard and the crew of the Red Bull Racing running show car putting up at the Singapore Marriott and the Red Bull Racing F1 running show car on display at the hotel’s entrance prior to the Red Bull Speed Street Singapore event on 24 April.


“We are excited to be a part of the Red Bull Speed Street event and help bring F1 to the most famous street in Singapore – Orchard Road,” said Mr Anthony Page, General Manager of the Singapore Marriott Hotel.



Coulthard himself is pleased to find out that he will be staying at the Marriott, which is a change of scenery from the usual trackside hotels during the Singapore Grand Prix in September.


Said the Scotsman: “I am thrilled that the entire show run crew will be staying at the Marriott, which is an iconic hotel situated right in the heart of Orchard Road. It is also a stone’s throw away from where all the action will take place. I am looking forward to driving down this world famous street and hopefully we get a good turnout just like in Malaysia.”


The Red Bull Speed Street Singapore event comes hot on the heels of the similar-named show run in Kuala Lumpur on 3 April, which saw Coulthard entertain a peak period shopping crowd along Jalan Bukit Bintang, the Malaysian capital’s main shopping street by giving a demonstration of the awesome power of a Formula 1 car against the unusual backdrop of megamalls and 5-star hotels.


The Red Bull Speed Street Singapore show run will follow in a similar vein with the Scot racing down an 800m stretch of Orchard Road starting from the ION Orchard/Marriott Singapore in a show case which will last about an hour.


The public can expect manoeuvres such as short sprints, burnouts, engine breaks and donuts, which one won’t get to see often in actual F1 races. The event will feature three runs by the F1 car as well as two filler shows featuring the Audi R8 LMS driven by Malaysian former F1 driver Alex Yoong.


The Austrian energy drink company, which is fast gaining in popularity amongst F1 aficionados thanks to the double championship winning feat of Red Bull Racing in 2010 and the perfect start to the 2011 campaign by world champion Sebastian Vettel, is expecting crowds upwards of 50,000 spectators to turn up for this show car event.


A series of pre-event activations can also be expected in the run-up to the event, starting from the public display of the actual running show car outside the Singapore Marriott Hotel this weekend.


On 22 April, motorsports enthusiasts can also expect the festivities to start at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, where the Red Bull Speed Street event will be based. One can expect Audi and Infiniti cars on display, as well as Red Bull Racing merchandises on sale, while Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Singapore will be setting up a gaming area featuring the Red Bull X2010 supercar in its PS3 game GT5 alongside four units of F1 simulators courtesy of Singapore GP, making the event a real motor racing extravaganza.

Cheryl Tay

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