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Cars and carnival: Singapore gets the F1 formula right

The Singapore F1 race, once declared the motorsport's "crown jewel", has also been branded "Monaco on steroids". It's due to hard work and a winning formula of concerts, carnival and good food to enhance the race experience.

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Formula One is the pinnacle of motorsports but, as some host countries found out, it can be tough at the top to dish out offerings that will keep fans coming while having a healthy balance sheet.

Silverstone in Britain is a bastion of F1 but even in the sport's hotbed, attendance is falling: from 350,000 over the 2016 weekend to 344,500 last year and 340,000 this July.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline Cars and carnival: Singapore gets the F1 formula right. Subscribe