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Indian beats and height of excitement

Formula One provides one of the most unique viewing experiences in sport. There are the ultra-luxe environs of the paddock club, there's the eardrum-splitting 'view' from the grandstands and there are picnic spots spread across the circuit. Rohit Bhaskar reports.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2011 00:05 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

Formula One provides one of the most unique viewing experiences in sport. There are the ultra-luxe environs of the paddock club, there's the eardrum-splitting 'view' from the grandstands and there are picnic spots spread across the circuit.


At the Marina Bay Circuit in Singapore, there's another - one that's probably unparalleled - the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

At 165 metres or the equivalent of a 42-storey building, it's taller than the iconic London Eye.

A tourist spot, it doubled up as one of the best seats in the house during this weekend's Grand Prix, with free access to all pit grandstand pass holders.

The Flyer, which is located right next to the makeshift pit-lane on the street circuit, has 28 air-conditioned capsules - each capable of accommodating up to 28 people.

A ride on the capsule takes 37 minutes, with the highest point offering a panoramic view of the track and the city.

Just one rider before you decide to give this ride a try. Over the past three years, the Flyer has suffered a few breakdowns, with many passengers stranded for over five hours. Vertigo, anyone?

Singapore grooves to the sound of Bollywood and Jaipur Maharajas. The cacophonous sound of an F1 car at full throttle is a given at any F1 circuit, but Bollywood chartbusters such as Chaiyya Chaiyya and Jai Ho?

At the Marina Bay circuit, in addition to the din of the cars, fans also grooved to beats from India, with two acts inspired by the diverse sounds of the country part of entertainment line-up at this weekend's GP.

Rock band Linkin Park and multiple Grammy award winning Colombian singer Shakira may have headlined the $5 million entertainment line-up, but novelty acts such as the train-themed musical Bollywood Express and the troupe of the Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band proved to be just as popular.

Bollywood Express is a 45-minute train-themed musical, with hordes of dancers dolled up in ethnic Indian wear gyrating to the tunes of Bollywood chartbusters like Chaiyya, Chaiyya and Jai Ho.

The Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band features an exciting fusion of music and dance-routines, thrown in with a fire-eating fakir who juggles knives while walking barefoot over a bed of nails and a gypsy dancer with some exotic moves.

(The writer's trip has been sponsored by JK Tyre)