P. Srinivas Aditya
SINGAPORE: The state-of-the-art pit building for the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race, scheduled for September 28, was inaugurated by the Minister for Trade and Industry, S. Iswaran, at a function here on Friday.
The foundation stone of the building was laid in October, 2007 and after nearly nine months, only a few minor things need to be done. As part of the pit building and new track, roads were laid and a tunnel was also constructed. The process relating to the track and roads was completed last month.
A trial of the night lighting was carried out on the St. Andrew’s Road in April and it was found to be satisfactory. Around 1,500 light projectors with an output of approximately 3,000 lux, supported by 12 twin-power generators, will be used for lighting, which will be around four times brighter than the normal lighting in a stadium.
Apart from the lighting, the generators will help the public address system and the track monitoring equipment.
The new pit building, which has three levels, can accommodate around 4,000 people. The building includes a media centre, which can host up to 4,000 journalists. Apart from the media centre, there will be a paddock club, which will be divided into seven suits — three on level two and four on level three. One suite is priced at Singapore $7,500 for the three race days. The suites can be rented by private parties.
Another feature of the pit building is the VVIP Hospitality on level three. Around 200 high-level Government officials will be accommodated in this suite which is at the southern end of the building. Other important officials will be hosted at smaller corporate hospitality rooms situated near the first and second turns.
Apart from these, provisions have been made for 36 garages — with three being given to each team, a room for the press conference after the end of the race when the top three finishers will be interviewed, a highly-sophisticated race control room which is fitted with 24 CCTV cameras and two loops to maintain contact with the race marshals on the track, and the traditional podium where the Prime Minister of Singapore is expected to give away the trophy to the winner on September 28.