2,500 members of the public will get chance to walk through the F1 pit lane

For the first time, 2,500 members of the public will be able to experience walking through the Formula 1 pit lane where they can view the F1 garages up close, and enjoy live performances and interactive games at the F1 Village in Zone 1.

The pit lane is usually accessible only to ticket holders of the Formula One Paddock Club, worth about $8,500. The public can sign up on the Singapore GP website and selection will be through balloting.

The tour, which will take place on Sept 19, is part of a slew of events leading up to the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. These include a motorsports carnival at ITE College Central on Aug 25 and 26, featuring race simulators and a photo exhibition.

Singapore GP also announced the extension of their MOU with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), which began in 2009. Since then, more than 4,000 ITE students have gained work experience as ambassadors and customer service officers at the GP.

Other events include school visits by Singapore GP to 15 secondary schools, including Outram Secondary and Crescent Girls school, for educational talks and interactive game stations.

There will also be a movie preview giveaway to 1,500 people to Rush, a film about the epic rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. "We want to reach out to as many people as possible and bring the race to the people," said Mr Colin Syn, deputy chairman of Singapore GP.

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