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Red Bull herald Singapore race with nocturnal beach party 26 Sep 2008

Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore, Red Bull Party at Sentosa Island, 25 September, 2008. © GEPA pictures/ Mathias Kniepeiss Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore, Red Bull Party at Sentosa Island, 25 September, 2008. © GEPA pictures/ Mathias Kniepeiss Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore, Maxi Jazz at the Red Bull Party at Sentosa Island, 25 September, 2008. © GEPA pictures/ Mathias Kniepeiss Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore, Mark Webber (AUS), Sebastian Vettel (GER) and David Coulthard (GBR). Red Bull Party at Sentosa Island, 25 September, 2008. © GEPA pictures/ Mathias Kniepeiss Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore, Red Bull Party at Sentosa Island, 25 September, 2008. © GEPA pictures/ Mathias Kniepeiss

Whoever thought that Singapore was just a skyscraper-studded spot is way off the mark. As well as its world-famous highrise skyline, the Asian city also boasts the beautiful Sentosa Island for visitors in search of something more relaxed. The former British naval base is currently in the middle of a $10 million refurbishment, but the tropical paradise, complete with gorgeous beaches, is already considered one of the world’s most glamorous resorts.

So it comes as no surprise that Red Bull - a team always in search of the ultimate party venue - identified Sentosa Island, and in particular Siloso beach’s Cafe del Mar, as the perfect place to celebrate Formula One racing’s first-ever night race. With over 70 percent of its surface area covered with rain forest, lush vegetation dominates the island’s landscape, but it was the 3.2-kilometre beach that made the party’s setting so exquisite.

Food from all over the region - as well as every imaginable Red Bull-based cocktail - was on offer to the delight of the party crowd, who were present in their legions. So much so that it seemed that every party soul the town could offer had made an appearance, as well as famous faces from the Formula One paddock, who after an exhausting day at the track wanted to sink their toes into the spotless white sand.

And for those who needed another reason to find their way over the bridge that links Sentosa to the main island there was a stunning performance by Maxi Jazz, the lead singer of British band Faithless. An eager motorsport fan, Jazz has recently tried his luck on circuits around the globe driving a Porsche 997 in the Porsche Carrera Cup. He’s also a frequent performer at Red Bull parties and when the DJ performed his smash-hit record Insomnia, the beach seemed to sizzle as the crowd went crazy.

Midnight heralded the arrival of the four Red Bull drivers, and the hundreds of guests attending the party swiftly became some of the most passionate race fans imaginable. Cameras flashed, women screamed - and all the drivers went wide-eyed at their welcome. After that reception - and with a late start to the next day's on-track action - the celebrations continued well into the small hours.

And as the glitzy party drew to a close, everyone left confident that the sport had stamped its glamorous mark on the beach resort. All that remains now is for the sport to do the same back at the circuit, as Singapore central gets its first taste of Formula One power on Friday evening.