Singapore GP Takes “Biggest F1™ Fan” Worldwide

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

  • Two play-to-win challenges: Double the chance of winning a prize
  • Contests open for worldwide participation


12 May 2011, SingaporeFollowing the success of last year’s Asia’s Biggest F1™ Fan, Singapore GP is upping the stakes for the popular contest and rebranding it the World’s Biggest F1™ Fan for a global audience. The 2011 edition includes two play-to-win challenges instead of just one quiz component, hosted on a refreshed interactive platform boasting stunning info-graphics of the night race. In a departure from last year, both contests will not be limited to participation within Asia but open to the rest of the world.


Fans have double the chance to win attractive prizes such as a trip for two to the 2011 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX worth over US$10,000 and exclusive Singapore GP race merchandise valued at up to US$600.


1st Challenge: Are You The World’s Biggest F1™ Fan?

Back for a second season with bolder graphics and enhanced gameplay, this interactive challenge involves a race against time to complete 23 questions – same number of turns at the Singapore circuit – related to the sport’s history, rules and trivia on race teams and drivers (25% of the questions are based on the Singapore Grand Prix).


Players have to answer all 23 questions in six minutes or less, and the 23 highest scorers will proceed to a final elimination round on 23 August 2011 to vie for the title of the World’s Biggest F1™ Fan.


One winner will walk away with over US$10,000 worth of prizes including a pair of Green Room hospitality suite tickets valued at US$6,167, a 5D4N hotel stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore worth US$4,058, a pair of exclusive passes to the Drivers’ Autograph Session during the 2011 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX race week, and round trip economy airfare for two.

“What distinguishes Formula One from other premier sporting events is its historically rich legacy and ability to stay innovative, relevant and exciting with every season,” said Colin Syn, Deputy Chairman, Singapore GP. “We hope to follow the same footprint by taking the Asian edition of Biggest F1™ Fan global this year. It’s a great way to reward the most ardent F1 fan and at the same time, highlight the many unique points about our night race!”


Last year’s winner of the Asia’s Biggest F1™ Fan contest, Derek Chan*, walked away with over US$8,000 worth of prizes including a pair of Green Room tickets, a 5D4N hotel stay, exclusive merchandise, and a pair of passes to the Drivers’ Autograph Session.

2nd Challenge: What Makes The Singapore Grand Prix Special For You?

Running parallel to the World’s Biggest F1™ Fan game is a contest that calls upon fans to share a personal anecdote on what makes the Singapore Grand Prix special for them. The challenge is to write it in no more than 61 characters which is the same number of laps the drivers are required to complete at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.


Participants who submit the top three best entries will win an exclusive goodie bag packed with limited edition Singapore GP merchandise valued at US$200, US$400, US$600 respectively. The contest closes on 27 November, 2011.


To take part in both challenges, visit or


Meet the Champion

Singaporean Derek Chan, 30, a commercial pilot, made history in 2010 as the first titleholder of Asia’s Biggest F1 Fan.  


derekHow did you feel to win the very first Asia’s Biggest F1 Fan challenge last year?

DEREK CHAN: As a Singaporean, it felt good to win the Asia’s Biggest F1™ Fan title. I never thought I would win as the contest was open to Asia and the quiz questions were really very difficult. Some of the questions asked were about events that happened during my father’s time! I used up all three tries for the quiz but I recorded the best score at my first attempt.


How did you manage to accumulate so much knowledge about Formula One?

My elder brother and I are Formula One fans and we started watching Grand Prix races when I was just seven years old. We subscribed to a lot of UK motorsports magazines so that’s how we came to learn so much about Formula One.


You won over US$8,000 worth of prizes including a pair of Green Room tickets, a 5D4N hotel stay, exclusive merchandise, and exclusive passes to the Drivers’ Autograph Session. Who did you invite to share your experience?

I brought my brother on one day and girlfriend on another. It was my first time at the Paddock Club for the Drivers’ Autograph Session. I managed to meet Fernando Alonso from Ferrari who’s currently my favourite driver and got him to autograph my t-shirt. It was a very rare and unique experience.


What was your favourite moment at last year’s FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX?

When I found out that I won the Asia’s Biggest F1™ Fan title – nothing beats that. I started watching Formula One when there was very little following in Singapore, and it’s good to know all my years of dedication to the sport finally paid off! The overall atmosphere within the Paddock was wonderful. It was also great being able to watch the Grand Prix in air-conditioned comfort and have food served at The Green Room. Where my suite was at Stamford (Turns 7-8 and opposite Turn 14), there were several incidents at the turns which was quite cool. Obviously any Formula One fan would enjoy the entire experience.


Would you have a go at the World’s Biggest F1 Fan challenge this year?

Of course! It’s very tough but I will definitely try again.




Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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