Asia Awaits the 1st Formula One Gp in Singapore

By: Claudia Beckford

The international race of Singapore first took place in the early 60s and it was called the Malaysian Grand Prix but it was discontinued due to the tragic incidents occurred besides the traffic problems it caused due to the closing of the roads. The race was not held for a total of 33-years from 1974 to 2007.

For the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship the race will be part of the scheduled calendar but this time it will be a different event as it will take place in the night time and it will be the first event to be held in the late hours in the F1 history.

The new Singapore Grand Prix will take place on September 28th with a total of 61 laps a total race length of 309 kilometres or 192 miles.

Over the last few hours; there has been much roar due to the event ticket distribution which basically crashed online due to the high volume demand while the remaining sources call centres and booths have not been able to cope with the constant number of people interested in paying for an entry to the event despite the 70,000 tickets released for purchase.

OmniTicket CEO Paolo Moro sent a statement advising "Due to the unexpected number of simultaneous requests, the response time of the reservation system got compromised and, for a short time, even stopped responding."

"We realise that Formula One fans are eager to be able to attend this unique event. Therefore we can confirm that we are doing everything possible to further increase the power of the system."It is very likely there will be an addition to the event of another 10,000 seats but the idea is still pending and undergoing negotiations between the Cricket Club, the event organizers and the Singapore Recreation Club as it requires to include an extra grandstand with a special layout

The Grand Prix is scheduled to have global TV coverage and It will generate approximately USD 68.5 millions. The three day passes are between $118 and $979 (USD) and the VIP tickets - paddock club around $5,293 (USD).

Meantime; the city of Singapore continues to prepare to receive a great amount of tourists who will be coming from all over the world to see their favourite F1 teams and drivers perform during the most expected Asian nightfall.

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