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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:45 pm 
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mfields262 wrote:
Great Thread!

Any hints/advice on attending the Japanese GP? I saw the prices on F1.com and nearly passed out. Trying to find the info locally but having a tough time.

Thanks in advance for any helpful info!


Yeah feel free to ask any questions you like. I went to the 2010 Japanese grand prix.

The ticket prices are eye opening indeed. I usually book through F1.com and did so on this occassion, my girlfriend has booked with bookf1.com before and never had a problem, they seem to be a couple of hundred cheaper than f1.com.

With regards to the track, we sat in the lower part of the final chicane Q1, did want Q2 but they sold out very quick. Just a slight word of warning, this race is usually a sell out and the tickets go pretty quick for all the best spots, Q2 in particular. These seats were excellent, you get to see the cars breaking into the chicane and accellerating away, and also entering the pits. Friday (like most other circuits) is a roaming day except for the pit straight. So i usually spend the day taking in all the vantage points and then on saturday/sunday your glued to your grandstand. Word of advice its a huge track, and theres alot of walking involved if you do the above mentioned friday walkabout. Bit its amazing to just wander and have a snippet at different parts of the track. Places i would reccomend to view would be turn 1, the esses and 130R (130r has no tv though).

The circuit itself is signed in both japanese and english and very easy to navigate. They have all the ammenities that you would expect, food and beer stands, allthough they only cater for the japanese clientelle (which the food is amazing) its reasonably priced for a circuit to. i would reccomend kangaroo tv too.

with regards getting there, its very easy, we stayed in Nagoya and it was a 40minute train line costing roughly £13 single. From the train there a row of buses to take you direct to the circuit £1.60 single. Do take into account on race day you que for the buses, and it took us 60-90mins so get there on sunday in plenty of time.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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M.Nader -DODZ- wrote:
WelshWayne1978 wrote:
Nxet_DK wrote:
Sutton wrote:
good thread.

good advice here... im also attending my first ever GP at silverstone this summer, after 19 years of watching F1.

also General Admission.


In addition, it would be nice if people who have attended a GP, give feedback on their tour.
Incl.

Location (Melbourne, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps etc.)
Seats - Section and number (Ex.: 3-day pass: Grandstand Gold 1 - Pit)
General experience (Cons and Pros)
Atmosphere (perhaps a bit to philosophical)


How about this
Location: Silverstone 2011 British GP
Seats: General Admission 3 day ticket
General experience: absolutely the best sporting weekend of my life
Pros -
three day camping ticket at woodlands you could take all your own food and drink into the circuit to keep costs down if needed
GA has lots of great vantage points to sit and enjoy the race so if there is someone aroun who annoys you you can just move (can't do that with a grandstand seat!)
There are too many pros to list and only con could be no cover if it rains but I bought a great rain coat and over trousers leaving me bone dry on the Friday when it was horrible.

Atmosphere: truly brilliant
Woodlands campsite even in the lively camping by 12:30 it's peaceful, great friendly folk who are up for rival driver/team banter (something some on this forum could learn), good raised areas for people needing to use wheelchairs

Anymore you need to know?
.


That is by far the most helpful post to me, Would you mind giving me a couple of tips regarding Camping, getting tickets, costs,,,etc. regarding General admission as i am seriously considering getting tickets foe this year's British GP. Am also not from the UK so please inform me on if i will be needing anything (or maybe i should avoid camping and stay in any local cheap place)


Buy tickets and camping direct from silverstone.co.uk for safe secure purchase.. The woodlands campsite the put you up in has tractors pulling trailers to the track all thru the day back and forth, General admission with camping costs £216 in total but you'd have to be fast before they sell out.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:13 pm 
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Dr Lee wrote:
planning on attending the Spa race... would be a drive & camp for a few days affair.

My main dilemma in doing this (past finding the £££) is that i'm dependable on a wheelchair to get about anything but VERY short distances... Are there any sites or groups i should look at or talk to about any provisions the circuit has for disabled attendees?


I went to Spa last year. It is very very hilly. The campsites do offer shuttle buses, not sure how wheelchair friendly they are. The problem will be when you get into the circuit, pretty much everywhere is uphill. Some of it is one footpath, a lot isn't.

How far can you walk if someone is helping you without the chair?


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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mandzipop wrote:
Dr Lee wrote:
planning on attending the Spa race... would be a drive & camp for a few days affair.

My main dilemma in doing this (past finding the £££) is that i'm dependable on a wheelchair to get about anything but VERY short distances... Are there any sites or groups i should look at or talk to about any provisions the circuit has for disabled attendees?


I went to Spa last year. It is very very hilly. The campsites do offer shuttle buses, not sure how wheelchair friendly they are. The problem will be when you get into the circuit, pretty much everywhere is uphill. Some of it is one footpath, a lot isn't.

How far can you walk if someone is helping you without the chair?


I may have already spoken with you on twitter, but in case i haven't... I am able to walk on crutches, but i'm a lot slower than i would be in the chair & it's hell on my hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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Dr Lee wrote:
mandzipop wrote:
Dr Lee wrote:
planning on attending the Spa race... would be a drive & camp for a few days affair.

My main dilemma in doing this (past finding the £££) is that i'm dependable on a wheelchair to get about anything but VERY short distances... Are there any sites or groups i should look at or talk to about any provisions the circuit has for disabled attendees?


I went to Spa last year. It is very very hilly. The campsites do offer shuttle buses, not sure how wheelchair friendly they are. The problem will be when you get into the circuit, pretty much everywhere is uphill. Some of it is one footpath, a lot isn't.

How far can you walk if someone is helping you without the chair?


I may have already spoken with you on twitter, but in case i haven't... I am able to walk on crutches, but i'm a lot slower than i would be in the chair & it's hell on my hands.


If you can use pik walking sticks then you have an advantage over the rest of us. If your crutches can be adapted to put piks on the end, with decent walking boots/shoes then you would be fine. It would be just a case of getting the chair up the hills whilst you are walking. Do you have a lightweight foldaway chair?


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:32 pm 
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mandzipop wrote:
Dr Lee wrote:
mandzipop wrote:
Dr Lee wrote:
planning on attending the Spa race... would be a drive & camp for a few days affair.

My main dilemma in doing this (past finding the £££) is that i'm dependable on a wheelchair to get about anything but VERY short distances... Are there any sites or groups i should look at or talk to about any provisions the circuit has for disabled attendees?


I went to Spa last year. It is very very hilly. The campsites do offer shuttle buses, not sure how wheelchair friendly they are. The problem will be when you get into the circuit, pretty much everywhere is uphill. Some of it is one footpath, a lot isn't.

How far can you walk if someone is helping you without the chair?


I may have already spoken with you on twitter, but in case i haven't... I am able to walk on crutches, but i'm a lot slower than i would be in the chair & it's hell on my hands.


If you can use pik walking sticks then you have an advantage over the rest of us. If your crutches can be adapted to put piks on the end, with decent walking boots/shoes then you would be fine. It would be just a case of getting the chair up the hills whilst you are walking. Do you have a lightweight foldaway chair?


It's not an ultralight chair & there's not much folding available (AKA the back of the seat folds down & the wheels pop off), but it's light enough that i can lift it with my kaput body.... I've been told there's 'Disabled access' available, but it's £290 on it's own & needs pre-booking...

guess i know what i'm going to be asking the family to give me for my Birthday..... ££££ :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:15 am 
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WelshWayne1978 wrote:
M.Nader -DODZ- wrote:
WelshWayne1978 wrote:
Nxet_DK wrote:
Sutton wrote:
good thread.

good advice here... im also attending my first ever GP at silverstone this summer, after 19 years of watching F1.

also General Admission.


In addition, it would be nice if people who have attended a GP, give feedback on their tour.
Incl.

Location (Melbourne, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps etc.)
Seats - Section and number (Ex.: 3-day pass: Grandstand Gold 1 - Pit)
General experience (Cons and Pros)
Atmosphere (perhaps a bit to philosophical)


How about this
Location: Silverstone 2011 British GP
Seats: General Admission 3 day ticket
General experience: absolutely the best sporting weekend of my life
Pros -
three day camping ticket at woodlands you could take all your own food and drink into the circuit to keep costs down if needed
GA has lots of great vantage points to sit and enjoy the race so if there is someone aroun who annoys you you can just move (can't do that with a grandstand seat!)
There are too many pros to list and only con could be no cover if it rains but I bought a great rain coat and over trousers leaving me bone dry on the Friday when it was horrible.

Atmosphere: truly brilliant
Woodlands campsite even in the lively camping by 12:30 it's peaceful, great friendly folk who are up for rival driver/team banter (something some on this forum could learn), good raised areas for people needing to use wheelchairs

Anymore you need to know?
.


That is by far the most helpful post to me, Would you mind giving me a couple of tips regarding Camping, getting tickets, costs,,,etc. regarding General admission as i am seriously considering getting tickets foe this year's British GP. Am also not from the UK so please inform me on if i will be needing anything (or maybe i should avoid camping and stay in any local cheap place)


Buy tickets and camping direct from silverstone.co.uk for safe secure purchase.. The woodlands campsite the put you up in has tractors pulling trailers to the track all thru the day back and forth, General admission with camping costs £216 in total but you'd have to be fast before they sell out.


Thanks for that, so they do provide campsites and tents?? and what will i need to be bringing in with me? how about the time when there are no practice/qualifying/race would i be able to leave the track, go to the city then return back?

I am sorry for what seems to be basic questions but this is my first GP experience, and also my first camping experience. do you think i would be better off getting the more expensive stowe/luffield tickets and stay at any local place? (although am not sure if i would like to be paying this much)


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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How about this
Location: Silverstone 2011 British GP
Seats: General Admission 3 day ticket
General experience: absolutely the best sporting weekend of my life
Pros -
three day camping ticket at woodlands you could take all your own food and drink into the circuit to keep costs down if needed
GA has lots of great vantage points to sit and enjoy the race so if there is someone aroun who annoys you you can just move (can't do that with a grandstand seat!)
There are too many pros to list and only con could be no cover if it rains but I bought a great rain coat and over trousers leaving me bone dry on the Friday when it was horrible.

Atmosphere: truly brilliant
Woodlands campsite even in the lively camping by 12:30 it's peaceful, great friendly folk who are up for rival driver/team banter (something some on this forum could learn), good raised areas for people needing to use wheelchairs

Anymore you need to know?
.[/quote]

That is by far the most helpful post to me, Would you mind giving me a couple of tips regarding Camping, getting tickets, costs,,,etc. regarding General admission as i am seriously considering getting tickets foe this year's British GP. Am also not from the UK so please inform me on if i will be needing anything (or maybe i should avoid camping and stay in any local cheap place)[/quote]

Buy tickets and camping direct from silverstone.co.uk for safe secure purchase.. The woodlands campsite the put you up in has tractors pulling trailers to the track all thru the day back and forth, General admission with camping costs £216 in total but you'd have to be fast before they sell out.[/quote]

Thanks for that, so they do provide campsites and tents?? and what will i need to be bringing in with me? how about the time when there are no practice/qualifying/race would i be able to leave the track, go to the city then return back?

I am sorry for what seems to be basic questions but this is my first GP experience, and also my first camping experience. do you think i would be better off getting the more expensive stowe/luffield tickets and stay at any local place? (although am not sure if i would like to be paying this much)[/quote]

They provide the campsite but not tents, there is a campsite called campingF1 who have pre-erected tents buts does look costly.
Woodlands campsite has shower and toilet blocks with plenty of foodstalls and entertainment on hand, you can bring all your own food and drink so this is the much cheaper option

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:10 am 
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MONACO

Anyone got any tips for Monaco, going for the first time this year so any advice greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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Hi there,

Hoping some one can help.

Attending Grand Prix for the first time this year. Going to Barcelona in May and purchased tickets via Circuit de Catalyuna website.

I used the print tickets at home option but notice that it does not state on the face of the tickets the allocated seats I was asked to select during the purchase.

Is this usual? I do have a seperate email which confirms the seats selected I just wondered what are the chances that my seats will be free if nobody's ticket states their allocated seats.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:46 pm 
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adallas wrote:
Hi there,

Hoping some one can help.

Attending Grand Prix for the first time this year. Going to Barcelona in May and purchased tickets via Circuit de Catalyuna website.

I used the print tickets at home option but notice that it does not state on the face of the tickets the allocated seats I was asked to select during the purchase.

Is this usual? I do have a seperate email which confirms the seats selected I just wondered what are the chances that my seats will be free if nobody's ticket states their allocated seats.

Thanks


I had my tickets sent to me and they do state the seat numbers. However, i can totally see your point, other people that have printed at home might not check their emails and assume its free seating. As long as you have your confirmation, you can ask them to move. Last time i was at barcelona, there were plenty of stewards that can move anyone that might awkward.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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Iam attending my first gp at melbourne and I gotta say I'm dissapointed im in the grandstand and can hardly see much other than a car flashing past! There is so much metal fencing that seeing through them or taking any decent photos is near impossible!!!

Today I wlaked the entire circuit around and seriously not impressed.

Formula 1 is not accessible to the general public unless you are in corporate boxs ir have a spare 3500$ laying around to buy a paddock ticket.

The general admission would be best for melbourne at least you are only 3 meters from the track!


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MONACO

Anyone got any tips for Monaco, going for the first time this year so any advice greatly appreciated.


Try the K-tribune between Tabac and Piscine (swimming pool). I think that's one of the best places in Monaco. Start/Finish under your butt, and you can see them climbing up St Devote on your left. See them coming out of the tunnel and steer out of tabac, and into piscine.

The next best spot is at the Casino square at the lower left of the stands is awesome. They steer around the bump of Miraneau. there. Sound is great, but more extreme at the K-tribune.

The picture in my avatar is Jenson Button steering into the Piscine chicane, bottoming out. Took that one myself. Wait a minute, Ill dig up some pictures from that spot.

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@ the Casino square:
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This is the Porsche cup at the tunnel entrance on friday. The driver is Colin McRae (RIP)
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Oh, and I shot some pictures from the K-tribune, just for the impression :)

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MONZA

G'day lads/ladies, I'm heading over to Monza later in the year and would love any advice you have. Need some advice in particular on the following:

-is Milan the best place to stay for the weekend? Are there any other towns that are easy to access the track from?Is the area near the airport in Milan crap? Would it be better to stay in the city centre of Milan?

-Any advice on the cheapest way to book a hotel apart from wotif.com?

-what are the disadvantages to a general admission ticket? is it hard to get a good spot to see the action from?

-is it worth going on the Saturday? I find support races boring. What kind of cool things are there to do/see around the track on the weekend? Was thinking about just spending the day there on Sunday


Any other tips at all appreciated also!


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Hey guys. Has anyone been to the Hockenheim F1?
Were looking at going this July.
Thinking of the inner c seats which are 314 euros each.
Does anyone have any feedback or recommendations about this f1?

Where would u stay for 2 or 3 nights to attend this GP. Maybe a larger town or city just outside the region?
Does this town or city have a free bus service to and from the GP?

Any advice or help would be appreciated.

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ImageI cant seem to find the attending a GP thread that was here before the forum had plastic surgery


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MONZA

G'day lads/ladies, I'm heading over to Monza later in the year and would love any advice you have. Need some advice in particular on the following:

-is Milan the best place to stay for the weekend? Are there any other towns that are easy to access the track from?Is the area near the airport in Milan crap? Would it be better to stay in the city centre of Milan?

-Any advice on the cheapest way to book a hotel apart from wotif.com?

-what are the disadvantages to a general admission ticket? is it hard to get a good spot to see the action from?

-is it worth going on the Saturday? I find support races boring. What kind of cool things are there to do/see around the track on the weekend? Was thinking about just spending the day there on Sunday


Any other tips at all appreciated also!



I've been in Monza for several times. Best places (in my opinion) are:
Ascari chicane
Variante della Roggia

If you buy a general admission ticket, you can watch the race and qualy at variante della roggia. Great place, and you have a TV screen in front of you.

FP in 2010:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYWHpd-Vv5Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_k9Sn9Un8E

Great sound near the small tunnel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJuEqF_rfRw


You should also watch a practice at the Lesmo corners. Lesmo 2 is awesome as well.
This was last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu8OjjWI ... ature=plcp


I can advice you to fly to Bergamo airport (all the cheap airlines fly there), and stay in the centre of Milan.
The best hotel is the Best Western, which is walking distance from the best pub/discotheque where all the fashion models are in their habitat naturalis :))

http://www.ilgattopardocafe.com/

It is inside a cathedral. Live DJ, however not cheap.


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hotbmw wrote:
Hey guys. Has anyone been to the Hockenheim F1?
Were looking at going this July.
Thinking of the inner c seats which are 314 euros each.
Does anyone have any feedback or recommendations about this f1?

Where would u stay for 2 or 3 nights to attend this GP. Maybe a larger town or city just outside the region?
Does this town or city have a free bus service to and from the GP?

Any advice or help would be appreciated.

Thx
Rob


Hi Rob,

I've been several times to Hockenheim. The stadium is nice, but the sound is not special at most places. I would advice Spitzkehre 1 or 2. At Spitzkehre 2, you see the cars from Parabolica nord until the Mercedes tribune for about 25 seconds. And the Spitzkehre is a sure thing for action.

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this will explain it all to you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GC-Lr9S6t4


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some great info and video there thanks mate!
Just wondering what your thoughts are of general admission, how hard is it to get a decent spot to watch the race on a Sunday?
Anyone else feel free to chime in if you have been to Monza...


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MONZA

G'day lads/ladies, I'm heading over to Monza later in the year and would love any advice you have. Need some advice in particular on the following:

-is Milan the best place to stay for the weekend? Are there any other towns that are easy to access the track from?Is the area near the airport in Milan crap? Would it be better to stay in the city centre of Milan?

-Any advice on the cheapest way to book a hotel apart from wotif.com?

-what are the disadvantages to a general admission ticket? is it hard to get a good spot to see the action from?

-is it worth going on the Saturday? I find support races boring. What kind of cool things are there to do/see around the track on the weekend? Was thinking about just spending the day there on Sunday


Any other tips at all appreciated also!



I've been in Monza for several times. Best places (in my opinion) are:
Ascari chicane
Variante della Roggia

If you buy a general admission ticket, you can watch the race and qualy at variante della roggia. Great place, and you have a TV screen in front of you.

FP in 2010:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYWHpd-Vv5Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_k9Sn9Un8E

Great sound near the small tunnel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJuEqF_rfRw


You should also watch a practice at the Lesmo corners. Lesmo 2 is awesome as well.
This was last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu8OjjWI ... ature=plcp


I can advice you to fly to Bergamo airport (all the cheap airlines fly there), and stay in the centre of Milan.
The best hotel is the Best Western, which is walking distance from the best pub/discotheque where all the fashion models are in their habitat naturalis :))

http://www.ilgattopardocafe.com/

It is inside a cathedral. Live DJ, however not cheap.


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Hey guys. I'm planning to attend Spa this year and was wondering what the best way to go from Brussels airport to the circuit is. I tried looking at the links from the spa circuit website but they were a little confusing(I don't exactly know where Spa is so I don't know which stop on the train/bus is the correct one). Also, for people who have been there before, where is the cheapest place to sleep? I'm most likely going to go alone so I can stay almost anywhere as long as its not too far away from the circuit.

Thanks!


Do people really travel to GP's without even consulting a map before hand?

Word of advice, the circuit is not actually that near to Spa itself......


Huh? I always park my car in Spa and walk to the circuit.

I'm attending Spa as well this year. We have tickets for the grand stands at eau rouge. We booked a hotel at the centre of Maastricht. A nice Dutch city for having a beer in the evening. Liege is closer to the track, but is a fairy cakes for staying. No fun in the evenings.

Probably I'll visit Monaco as well. But not sure yet.
Liege is a fairy cakes...so a lot like "In Bruges" :)

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tylerzaath wrote:
some great info and video there thanks mate!
Just wondering what your thoughts are of general admission, how hard is it to get a decent spot to watch the race on a Sunday?
Anyone else feel free to chime in if you have been to Monza...


General admission is okay, but you'll have to watch the important things like races and qualies at Variante Della Roggia or Lesmo 2.

Variante della roggia is great as I said, and ther's always a lot of action.

You can rent a Kangaroo TV for about € 75 so you don't need a screen and find yourself another nice place.


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Don't mean to rub it in.....but I'm like a little kid in a candy shop!!

This morning I just received my "All Access VIP Pass for all 3 days" for the Malaysian GP.....including F1 Paddock Club Hospitality, Pit Lane Access and Access to The Starting Grid. Seating on top of the Pit Garages! Can't get better than that!

On top of that I am attending the F1 Gala Dinner tonight in KL......where all the F1 drivers have to attend!

I've been privileged to attended many GP's....(fav is still Monaco). However, never All Access!

I'm so happy I could cry!!


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Wow! Nice, cakewalk.
Have fun.

And don't forget to share your experiences with us :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:36 pm 
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Hi guys, having just got back from the Aus GP I've managed to convince my girlfriend to go to Singapore in September.

1. Having looked at the track map and website I'm tossing up between either the Stamford stand (between turns 7 and 8 ), the Esplanade Waterfront (between turns 16 and 17) or the 3 day combination package with Padang (friday), Bay (sat) and Turn 1 (sun). Stamford and Esplanade look cool as I'd rather watch the cars on a corner than a straight but the appeal of Turn 1 on race day is pretty hard to give up.

The other appeal of the Turn 1 combo package is that I'd get access to all of the General Admission zones for at least a day each whereas Stamford and Esplanade only give me access to Zone 4 of GA which seems kinda restricting.

Any suggestions?

2. What kind of support races do they have in the spaces between F1 cars running?

3 Anything else worth looking out for?


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WelshWayne1978 wrote:
How about this


They provide the campsite but not tents, there is a campsite called campingF1 who have pre-erected tents buts does look costly.
Woodlands campsite has shower and toilet blocks with plenty of foodstalls and entertainment on hand, you can bring all your own food and drink so this is the much cheaper option


I have been checking around and contacted Camping f1, but for me it seems that it would be easier to just check in in any local B&B or cheap motel as i wont be able to travel from Egypt with camping gear, and camping F1 charges 110 pounds for a 4 day stay so i guess the price difference isn't that high.

would anyone be able to recommend a cheap place to stay in for 4-5 days that would be close enough to the circuit and would be easy enough for me to travel to-from the circuit as well as go out for the nights?


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cakewalk wrote:
Don't mean to rub it in.....but I'm like a little kid in a candy shop!!

This morning I just received my "All Access VIP Pass for all 3 days" for the Malaysian GP.....including F1 Paddock Club Hospitality, Pit Lane Access and Access to The Starting Grid. Seating on top of the Pit Garages! Can't get better than that!

On top of that I am attending the F1 Gala Dinner tonight in KL......where all the F1 drivers have to attend!

I've been privileged to attended many GP's....(fav is still Monaco). However, never All Access!

I'm so happy I could cry!!

Jammy lovely individual...! :) :)

I was thinking of trying to make Shanghai. My daughter and family live there, just out of reach this year though. Great economy.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:30 am 
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cdriel wrote:
Wow! Nice, cakewalk.
Have fun.

And don't forget to share your experiences with us :)


I delayed about updating my experience.....coz TBH....it wasnt a 'regular' experience, and i just didnt want to be hated by all.....but hey....as u asked:

I genuinely am not trying to "big it up".....just telling it like it was.....and apologise in advance for the bullet point nature....

THU
Attended the Grand Prix Gala Ball
Met & took photos with a few drivers - ROS, MAL, GLO, MAS, ALO, HUL....
Ross Brawn, Norbert Haug, Peter Sauber....Herbie Blash (who was really nice)...
Nico Rosberg was v v cool....hugged my wife and took loadsa photos....and was in no rush...
Met Celebs: Owen Wilson, David Hayes (Fantastic guy, really nice!), Leona Lewis.....v v sweet...(others too...but didnt meet them.....u saw them in the pitlane)
I cant tell you who I sat next to at dinner......u'd KILL ME......but needless to say its someone everyone sees at EVERY GP.....
But on my other side was supposed to be Riad Asmat CEO Caterham...but he didnt turn up.....

Will go in bullet point:

FRI
FRI is excellent...as the Paddock Club (PC) is pretty quiet.
Spent the day walking around and meeting tons of team personnel....
I was guest of an F1 team - so was in Motorhomes ....as the ppl looking after me knew other team personnel
I got to be IN THE PIT GARAGE of the F1 team...during Practice 1&2.....with the headphones on!!! 1 metre away from the F1 car as they started it up!!
got to walk everywhere in the pit garage...hold an F1 steering wheel....
Met the drivers....at lunch
did the pitlane walk...
watched the GP2 quali...from the roof of the pitlane/garages....really loved watching the GP2 race...
Met a couple of the GP2 drivers
Of course the PC is amazing....food is like a fine dining restaurant...fabulous.....free flowing Champagne etc etc....

SAT
FANTASTIC day.....
the whole experience was soo amazing, i managed to get my wife in also....
she LOVED it and was amazed at the sheer organisation, quality and the entire "showcase"...
as ever for anyone's first GP she was taken aback by the noise....AMAZED by it...
Did the Motorhomes....
pit lane...
garages
watched the GP2 race from pit garage...
watched quali from roof of Ferrari garage...
amazing watching them stop in their pits....they sure do come in at some speed
Alonso is absolutely amazing in the pit lane...really gives it some 'welly' as he pulls out.....(him and Kimi)....but when they wheelspin down pitlane.....HUBBA HUBBA...its amazing....

SUN
Amazing buzz on SUN
Got to motorhome side....and saw every single driver going about their business....
Entire PC smells of $$$$...serious business going on.....
the pitlane walk on a SUN is amazing.....everyone who is anyone is there....a real buzz...
Coolest guy I met was Gerard Lopez......just one seriously cool dude...walking around like he owns an F1 team....(!)....hanging around in jeans a shirt, razor-sharp smart.....
big crash in the supercar race on the start....pretty amazing
watched GP2 race....big fan of it now.....the drivers look so young....they dont look big enough to wrestle a car at the speeds they travel...let alone old enough to drive a car!!
Met Rio Haryanto...GP2 driver from Indonesia....19 yrs old.....and I swear he looked like our 15 yr old paper-boy !! Very sweet guy....was v shy, quiet and nervous when meeting guests.....one is amazed how he drives so confidently - but i guess these guys are comfortable once in a racing car! He won me over....i'm a fan...
Amazed at how the GP2 drivers coped with the 50C track temp.
Watched the race from the PC roof on top of the Ferrari pit garage.
(when it started bucketing down with rain....and they stopped the race.....if u watch closely....I'm one of 2 nutters still on the roof!!).....
when the race finished.....went down to where they park the 3 winning cars.....watched the podium celebrations.
popular win...and an even more popular 2nd place....!

All in all words cannot express what a weekend it was......


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cakewalk wrote:
I cant tell you who I sat next to at dinner......u'd KILL ME......but needless to say its someone everyone sees at EVERY GP.....


Now we have to know :twisted:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:23 pm 
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Wow that is the most incredible weekend ever Cakewalk!!! It really is. How did you come by this access? IE I guess you have to be a sponsor or competition winner to get that access??


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:48 am 
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Jules_b wrote:
Wow that is the most incredible weekend ever Cakewalk!!! It really is. How did you come by this access? IE I guess you have to be a sponsor or competition winner to get that access??


A friend is a sponsor of one of the teams....

...my F1 week gets better.....as i am topping off the crazy week by riding in a 2 seater F1 car this week at Sepang.....!!

Yes, yes I know....I am THE most hated member on the forum from now on.....!!

Just wanted to share the excitement......(sorry!)....


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Nice Cakewalk!

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:50 am 
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SINGAPORE

Hi guys, having just got back from the Aus GP I've managed to convince my girlfriend to go to Singapore in September.

1. Having looked at the track map and website I'm tossing up between either the Stamford stand (between turns 7 and 8 ), the Esplanade Waterfront (between turns 16 and 17) or the 3 day combination package with Padang (friday), Bay (sat) and Turn 1 (sun). Stamford and Esplanade look cool as I'd rather watch the cars on a corner than a straight but the appeal of Turn 1 on race day is pretty hard to give up.

The other appeal of the Turn 1 combo package is that I'd get access to all of the General Admission zones for at least a day each whereas Stamford and Esplanade only give me access to Zone 4 of GA which seems kinda restricting.

Any suggestions?

2. What kind of support races do they have in the spaces between F1 cars running?

3 Anything else worth looking out for?


One thing about Singapore is that there isn't much on track activity - Formula 1, Porsche Carrera Cup & Asian F3K series - that was all the track action in 2011.
Singapore though has plenty of off-track entertainment in the form of bands, dance acts etc.
I sat in the Turn 1 complex in 2011 in the front row, and I'd suggest sitting up higher to see over the fencing in some places. Alot of people I've spoken to say the Stamford stand is great.

Turn 1 grandstand is good for viewing the first couple of corners, but you get a similar view from the first couple of blocks at turn 2, with the added advantage of watching the cars whip around the last corner and along the main straight, also have a better view of pitlane activity.

Food is pretty pricey - SGD $12 for 12 small sticks of satay, SDG $8 for plastic cup of beer. Plenty of merchandise around the gate 1 entry behind the Turn 1/2/3 grandstands. Fireworks at night too between on track action.

Ticket price also includes entry to Singapore Flyer which is a special place to watch any session (I'd recommend Practice 2 on the Friday - proper chance for night photography of the cars, good views of most of the track - a ride on this takes about half an hour and the queues are shorter on Friday). Also good food places around the entrance to the flyer.

Having been to AusGP this year aswell, I can assure you that the on-track entertainment is more prominent at Australia, but there is something special about watching F1 under lights and the atmosphere in Singapore is sensational.

I'm heading back this year myself, sitting in the Turn 2 Grandstand up nice and high.

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Thanks for your great reply cdriel. Really appreciate it. On further research i cannot decide between Hockenheim or Budapest? I would appreciate opinions on which race is the better one to see. This will be our 1st attendance to a race weekend so i want it to be special. Price wise for the tickets and accommodation it looks like they are similarly priced.

If Hockenheim, ill fly in to Cologne airport so i hope its not hard to get a train to a nearby city for a few nights.

Thanks guys.

Rob


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Thanks for the advice. Fortunately I plan on having an rv at the track so early will be no problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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MELBOURNE

Here's some advice for people attending Melbourne:

2005

Grandstand - Senna, situated at the last corner into the main straight; there's a large tv screen opposite. Pretty good spot to watch as you can see the cars slow for either the final two corners or the pit lane and then watch them take off down the straight.

We had a weekend package which included tickets to all four days (including Thursday back then) and an early Sunday morning pit straight walk.

Atmosphere - pretty good. There's lots of enthusiasm and the support races helps build the excitement. Just be warned that since it's Melbourne, you need to be prepared for four seasons in one day. We got both sunburnt and rained on.


2009

General admission weekend ticket

This is fine on Saturday, but I didn't have much fun on the Sunday. We didn't have camp chairs with us, so were on our feet the entire day. Plus, while there's a couple of good hills and embankments to watch from, you have to be up early on the Sunday to stake your claim. It does allow you the freedom to explore other parts of the track, which we didn't do when we had grandstand seats. You can get very close to the action, being right on the fence, but I'd probably give General Admission a miss in future.

In general:

For the track in general, it's literally just outside the central business district - there's a couple of trams that go past Albert Park, depending which side of the track you need to enter from, or depending where you're coming from in Melbourne you can walk in about 20 mins.

Lots of accommodation in Melbourne and surrounding areas, but either book early, pay lots or get a package deal.

Be prepared for the weather - take rain gear, something warm to wear (once the sun goes down, gets cold quickly), a hat and sunscreen.

On-track entertainment is pretty good; one of the years we went (think 2009) The Who was playing.



So that's Melbourne - now that I'm based in Europe, I hope to get to a few more different GPs. Budapest would be interesting, but at the moment we have vague plans for Monza, since it's just 3 hours on train away from us.


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Thanks for replying SehnKhan

I have now bought tickets/flights/accommodation and can't wait.
I'm sitting in Turn 1 stand, Block A5. Would have been nice to sit in the Turn 2 part that looks up the straight but all the good seats are sold out.

I'm not too fussed about support races (although I'd rather have them there than not), I tend to find that after watching the F1 cars, the support races seem terribly slow!
From what I've read, the atmosphere and the sight of the track and city at night are pretty amazing so that's what I'm really looking forward to.

Hopefully I'll be able to handle the humidity!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:16 am 
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No worries, I actually sat in the front row of Turn 1 Grandstand Block A5 Seat 17 last year - only downside is that there is a pillar to your left that obscures the view of the cars coming from the left (but at speed you only miss less than 0.5seconds of action) - that said, your view of the cars through Turns 1-3 is very good here, plus the view of the pit exit. If you're a little further back off the front row of seats I'd imagine the view would be a little better. Plus you'll have a super screen opposite, and English commentary is played throughout the event.

I'll try and find some pictures of the view from these seats for you when I get home and post them up so you can see what I'm talking about.

From here though, access to food and merchandise is easy. You'll need to cross the track via the bridge to get to the infield, but it's only 10 minute walk to the Singapore Flyer from there.

The humidity is fine - you'd be surprised how quickly you adjust.

Forgot to mention - the GP2 Asia series will be there this year. Also, head to the Official Singapore GP site and register your transaction number for a wristband for Katy Perry if you're into that sort of music, as spots will be limited. You can also register your transaction number for various other competitions including autograph sessions.

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CANADIAN GRAND PRIX 2012 TICKET SWAP !!

Hi there everyone,

Just got my ticket for Canada this year and cannot wait!! I opted for Grandstand 24 after watching some online footage. Anyway, I’ve been to a number of GP’s and some, including the British, allow roaming grandstands on Friday/Saturday which is brilliant to get other views of the track. I don’t think the Canadian GP offers this. If anyone is interested would they like to swap Friday/Saturday tickets for different stands. I’m quite keen to get an aspect from stand 1, 2 or 12 on either of these days if anyone wants a day at the hairpin. If anyone is interested please email me at captainfurious@inbox.com. I’m coming on my own so can only do single ticket swaps!

Anyone else going lets hope its as good as last year!!

Rich


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