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Tuesday, October 06, 2009
F1 2009 9:48 am
Really, really late update coming along now - on the Singapore Grand Prix - Formula One 2009.
Guess who was on the starting grid with all the drivers this year? :)
So, yeah, I was a fake Singtel Grid Girl (together with 29 others) to make up numbers on the grid and add-on to the top 20 girls in the competition. Congratulations to Shumin, Constance and Cordelia for winning top 3!
We were transported around from the Singtel Tower at Pickering Street to the circuit via the specially chartered and wrapped Singtel Grid Girls Hippo Bus! I love these topless Hippo Buses - the feel of your hair streaming behind you in the wind is priceless. Plus we're elevated so high up compared to the other vehicles on the road that we get to more or less escape the pollution. Not to mention the view...
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to bring our cameras or phones around so we have really few pictures in uniform, and completely none of us on the grid! Guess I should find some time to go online and dig up some pictures of us on the starting grid from various media sites/photographers.
Here's me with my partner on the grid, Su Yin (and Cheryl's head cheekily popping into the photo). We were originally slotted to be on Kimi Raikonnen's grid but somehow landed on Torro Rosso's Buemi instead. Su Yin was holding his placard and I was waving the Swiss flag. Frickin' heavy man, especially so when the wind starts up. But on the bright side, Jenson Button (my new favorite driver) was right in front of us. Lucky Sam and Amanda got to be on his grid!
Cheryl looks damn cute here right? Haha.
After that, we changed out and photowhored excessively in the tent and on the bus out of the circuit. Most of the girls stayed on for the official F1 party, but a number of us were too tired/feet had died/didn't feel like partying and so partied our way back to the Singtel Tower on the Hippo bus instead.
It was quite something to see the blown up pictures of the various girls plastered all over the bus. Cordelia made me risk my life to run out to the middle of the road, just to snap a photo of her with herself on the bus!
Well, all I can say is that being a Singtel Grid Girl isn't easy. Working for the supporting races in the day was literally painful, as the sun was scorchingly hot and bright to the point that the asphalt was just absorbing all that heat nonstop. We could feel our feet sizzling through our boots and socks! Many of the girls got blisters from just standing on the grid for the supporting races. Fortunately the bottoms of my feet are so abused and thick-skinned from all the salsa dancing that I do so it wasn't so bad for me.
For the final race itself, we were standing on the starting grid for a ridiculously long time. We were the first to march out, then we had to wait, then the mechanics came in, then more waiting, then the drivers drove in, and there was still more aimless waiting before we finally were given the cue to march out of the grid.
Still, I suppose it was fun and quite an eye-opening experience to be in the centre of all that action on the track.
And so I shall leave you with my smiling picture on my F1 all-access pass. ;)
Shall update with pictures and a video of the performance at Jitterbugs on F1 Friday soon!