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Surely there must be something selling fresh meat on GP weekends, all those campers having a BBQ.


http://shop.delhaize.be/storelocator?lo ... chTerm=spa

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Anybody done Nurburgring before? Any advice on flights, hotels, transfers, which tickets to get etc?

Thinking of doing it next year instead of Silverstone

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BrazilLastCorner2008 wrote:
Anybody done Nurburgring before? Any advice on flights, hotels, transfers, which tickets to get etc?

Thinking of doing it next year instead of Silverstone


I went a few year back and although I doubt I cant help with the kind of travel requirements, I spent two weeks in Belgium self catering with the family, I can say that the tickets we had were excellent. We were down near the hairpin called the Dunlop Curve. You get a great atmosphere as there are thousands of you along that straight, on the outside of the hairpin and up the other side towards the Schumacher S. You get passing attempts, the noise of deceleration and dropping down through the gears, plus the noise of the cars accelerating up the other side, all of which you can see. You can see them head through the Schumacher S. There was also a giant TV in front plus they have a scoreboard showing the positions of the top 10. We drove and accessing the parking was incredibly efficient and we parked no more than a 15 minute walk from the grandstand we were in.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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Hi,

Although ive done Italy and Spain F1 races, i fancy the home GP next year.

Can anyone point me to a good 'guide' to a Silverstone experience ?

If nobody knows of any guides, i guess my first questions are.....

Whats the Parking really like? we plan to stay 8 miles away and drive there and back each day.

Where the best place to sit ? i've always been a first corner person but not sure if thats best for Silverstone....

That will do for now :)

Thanks in advance !

Craig


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mojo_scotland wrote:
Hi,

Although ive done Italy and Spain F1 races, i fancy the home GP next year.

Can anyone point me to a good 'guide' to a Silverstone experience ?

If nobody knows of any guides, i guess my first questions are.....

Whats the Parking really like? we plan to stay 8 miles away and drive there and back each day.

Where the best place to sit ? i've always been a first corner person but not sure if thats best for Silverstone....

That will do for now :)

Thanks in advance !

Craig


Hi There is plenty of parking but the official parking is fairly pricey there are others available that are cheaper.

If your getting a grandstand, Stowe, Club and Luffield/woodcote are good.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:26 am 
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mojo_scotland wrote:
Hi,

Although ive done Italy and Spain F1 races, i fancy the home GP next year.

Can anyone point me to a good 'guide' to a Silverstone experience ?

If nobody knows of any guides, i guess my first questions are.....

Whats the Parking really like? we plan to stay 8 miles away and drive there and back each day.

Where the best place to sit ? i've always been a first corner person but not sure if thats best for Silverstone....

That will do for now :)

Thanks in advance !

Craig


Always a lot of action down at Stowe! I sat at Vale this year though and really enjoyed it there too

Parking at the circuit is very expensive (50 for the Sunday) but if you split the cost between 3 or 4 it ain't too bad

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:28 am 
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Asphalt_World wrote:
BrazilLastCorner2008 wrote:
Anybody done Nurburgring before? Any advice on flights, hotels, transfers, which tickets to get etc?

Thinking of doing it next year instead of Silverstone


I went a few year back and although I doubt I cant help with the kind of travel requirements, I spent two weeks in Belgium self catering with the family, I can say that the tickets we had were excellent. We were down near the hairpin called the Dunlop Curve. You get a great atmosphere as there are thousands of you along that straight, on the outside of the hairpin and up the other side towards the Schumacher S. You get passing attempts, the noise of deceleration and dropping down through the gears, plus the noise of the cars accelerating up the other side, all of which you can see. You can see them head through the Schumacher S. There was also a giant TV in front plus they have a scoreboard showing the positions of the top 10. We drove and accessing the parking was incredibly efficient and we parked no more than a 15 minute walk from the grandstand we were in.


Cool. Thanks for getting back to me- never even done a foreign GP and I think next year is the time :)

Silverstone is great but I guess it's on 99% of F1 fans bucket list to do one abroad.

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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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mojo_scotland wrote:
Hi,

Although ive done Italy and Spain F1 races, i fancy the home GP next year.

Can anyone point me to a good 'guide' to a Silverstone experience ?

If nobody knows of any guides, i guess my first questions are.....

Whats the Parking really like? we plan to stay 8 miles away and drive there and back each day.

Where the best place to sit ? i've always been a first corner person but not sure if thats best for Silverstone....

That will do for now :)

Thanks in advance !

Craig





Hi craig, I went to Silverstone this year and had a brilliant time, we sat about 100 yards from the first corner on the pit straight, and we thought this was a really good place to watch, if you get general admission tickets you need to start queing at about 3am (gates open at 6am) I know it sounds early but it paid off as we got our chairs right at the front and exactly where we wanted to go, plus we had one of the big screens opposite us, we took folding chairs and food and drink in with us, so as soon as we got in and put our chair down we could relax and wait for racing to began.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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thanks for the replies re: Silverstone.

Yep it would be a Grandstand i'd be interested in. There does seem to lots of options of where to sit...i'm really not too sure what to opt for. I just want to see as much as possible / action parts of the track.

I'd happily pay more to get as good a seat as possible.

Not sure about the main straight as once its started then its mostly just cars whizzing by....a corner is preferred.

any recommendations are helpful......

Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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Hi,

I'm going to the Italian GP this year and its my first time going abroad to watch f1, so I have a few questions I hope you can help me with, I've got general admission tickets and was wondering where is the best place to watch from, also will I have to get to the track early to get in and secure a prime location, and if anyone has any other info it would be helpful, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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I'm going to Japan. Anyone else?


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Hi,

Anyone here used sportstadium.com or grandprix-tickets.com?

Are they trustable guys? I found lower prices on their website so wanted to make sure they weren't scammy or had terrible service.

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Hi All,

I am looking at going to the Austin GP -I have been checking the Circuit of Americas website and also have called them and they say, for now, they only have 3 day pass tickets for purchasing. My intentions are to go only for race day itself. Does anyone have info/experience with the Austin GP and know if single tickets are available and what the price difference is? The sales person has told me they usually are available, but he can't tell me when or prices. I have been wanting to book the tickets for almost 2 months but have been waiting for single day tickets, but now I am contemplating purchasing the 3 day pass and using it only for race day.

Any info will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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sherm300m wrote:
ReservoirDog wrote:
One more question?

Anyone knows how early are Suzuka tickets mailed out? I actually require a visa, so that's kinda important for me to know!


I'm going there this year too. Meet for a pint or in this case sake?


Well I am going! Let me know if you wanna meet up. Will be staying in Nagoya.


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ReservoirDog wrote:
sherm300m wrote:
ReservoirDog wrote:
One more question?

Anyone knows how early are Suzuka tickets mailed out? I actually require a visa, so that's kinda important for me to know!


I'm going there this year too. Meet for a pint or in this case sake?


Well I am going! Let me know if you wanna meet up. Will be staying in Nagoya.


I'll be staying in Osaka, can't wait. Yea, let's meet up for some pints.


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sherm300m wrote:
ReservoirDog wrote:
sherm300m wrote:
ReservoirDog wrote:
One more question?

Anyone knows how early are Suzuka tickets mailed out? I actually require a visa, so that's kinda important for me to know!


I'm going there this year too. Meet for a pint or in this case sake?


Well I am going! Let me know if you wanna meet up. Will be staying in Nagoya.


I'll be staying in Osaka, can't wait. Yea, let's meet up for some pints.


Cool. I will send you a private message. I wonder if they actually work on this site or not.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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micang wrote:
I am looking at going to the Austin GP -I have been checking the Circuit of Americas website and also have called them and they say, for now, they only have 3 day pass tickets for purchasing. My intentions are to go only for race day itself. Does anyone have info/experience with the Austin GP and know if single tickets are available and what the price difference is?

Yeah, that's my home race. I bought the 3-day GA pass in 2012 (sat at turn 11, which was alright, but twas awesome to see my guy win). Last year, with Vettel already having sewn up the championship and having gotten to experience the whole thing the year before, I only got Saturday (quali) tix. I had seats at turn 3/section 4, and they cost $129 each, plus that $15 surcharge thingy. I purchased them a mere 10 days before the race, but I believe they went on sale earlier.

Note, I would expect that demand is likely to be much higher this year if the WDC is still undecided, and Hamilton is fairly popular here. I don't remember how much I paid for the 3-day pass except that it was significantly more. Not particularly planning on going this year, but I could change my mind. I'm glad to have experienced it, but my wife is not an F1 fan and kept complaining and talking about opera the whole time while I was trying to watch. So I can't say I particularly enjoyed the event in-person more than on TV, when she watches while interested and just wanders off to compose or play music when bored. I'd love to go with my son someday, as he's a huge Alonso fan, but we just cannot get him to wear ear-protection (he's 3). :?


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perfectlyGoodInk wrote:
micang wrote:
I am looking at going to the Austin GP -I have been checking the Circuit of Americas website and also have called them and they say, for now, they only have 3 day pass tickets for purchasing. My intentions are to go only for race day itself. Does anyone have info/experience with the Austin GP and know if single tickets are available and what the price difference is?

Yeah, that's my home race. I bought the 3-day GA pass in 2012 (sat at turn 11, which was alright, but twas awesome to see my guy win). Last year, with Vettel already having sewn up the championship and having gotten to experience the whole thing the year before, I only got Saturday (quali) tix. I had seats at turn 3/section 4, and they cost $129 each, plus that $15 surcharge thingy. I purchased them a mere 10 days before the race, but I believe they went on sale earlier.

Note, I would expect that demand is likely to be much higher this year if the WDC is still undecided, and Hamilton is fairly popular here. I don't remember how much I paid for the 3-day pass except that it was significantly more. Not particularly planning on going this year, but I could change my mind. I'm glad to have experienced it, but my wife is not an F1 fan and kept complaining and talking about opera the whole time while I was trying to watch. So I can't say I particularly enjoyed the event in-person more than on TV, when she watches while interested and just wanders off to compose or play music when bored. I'd love to go with my son someday, as he's a huge Alonso fan, but we just cannot get him to wear ear-protection (he's 3). :?


Thank you very much for the information, it's appreciated. My wife, I and father-in-law will be driving up from San Antonio. I have been checking the website basically daily to see if the single tickets become available, based on your kind information, I think I will wait a little longer and hopefully single tickets will be there soon. It will be my second grand prix as I went to Monza way back in 2002, but it will be a first for my wife and father-in-law. Not sure how much my wife will enjoy it in the flesh as opposed to watching it on TV, because when we do watch it on TV, she thinks it's the perfect time for her hobby and does her cross-stitching! lol

Thanks again.


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I'm off to Singapore next week, where are the best places to get photos without a fence in shot??

Got turn 2 block a2 for the weekend but I'll be walking the track for fp1 and 2.


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micang wrote:
perfectlyGoodInk wrote:
micang wrote:
I am looking at going to the Austin GP -I have been checking the Circuit of Americas website and also have called them and they say, for now, they only have 3 day pass tickets for purchasing. My intentions are to go only for race day itself. Does anyone have info/experience with the Austin GP and know if single tickets are available and what the price difference is?

Yeah, that's my home race. I bought the 3-day GA pass in 2012 (sat at turn 11, which was alright, but twas awesome to see my guy win). Last year, with Vettel already having sewn up the championship and having gotten to experience the whole thing the year before, I only got Saturday (quali) tix. I had seats at turn 3/section 4, and they cost $129 each, plus that $15 surcharge thingy. I purchased them a mere 10 days before the race, but I believe they went on sale earlier.

Note, I would expect that demand is likely to be much higher this year if the WDC is still undecided, and Hamilton is fairly popular here. I don't remember how much I paid for the 3-day pass except that it was significantly more. Not particularly planning on going this year, but I could change my mind. I'm glad to have experienced it, but my wife is not an F1 fan and kept complaining and talking about opera the whole time while I was trying to watch. So I can't say I particularly enjoyed the event in-person more than on TV, when she watches while interested and just wanders off to compose or play music when bored. I'd love to go with my son someday, as he's a huge Alonso fan, but we just cannot get him to wear ear-protection (he's 3). :?


Thank you very much for the information, it's appreciated. My wife, I and father-in-law will be driving up from San Antonio. I have been checking the website basically daily to see if the single tickets become available, based on your kind information, I think I will wait a little longer and hopefully single tickets will be there soon. It will be my second grand prix as I went to Monza way back in 2002, but it will be a first for my wife and father-in-law. Not sure how much my wife will enjoy it in the flesh as opposed to watching it on TV, because when we do watch it on TV, she thinks it's the perfect time for her hobby and does her cross-stitching! lol

Thanks again.

Sunday-only tickets went on sale yesterday...starting at $139 for GA. Not saving much money at all there.

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/media-c ... on-sale-no

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004 ... TA_F1PROMO

Sales haven't been going very well from what I've heard. T12, the largest GS, has 40% or more of its seats available.

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Anyone else going to the Singapore GP? I'll be there from Friday until the Monday after. I've heard the city really comes alive for grand prix weekends with lots of parties and the likes. It will be my first gp attendance and I'm really looking forward to it. I might skip going to the Friday practice sessions to see a bit of the city and then catch qualifying and the race live.

Anyone know any places not to be missed when visiting Singapore?


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Have any of you been to a race

1. Is it worth the costs (I'll have to go the whole weekend for sure)

2. Views What do you see from a seat is it much (can you wander about )

3. Can you take your own beer (helps calm nerves)

4. Do any of you meet up for beer anywhere before hand

thinking of silverstone or maybe at a push spa funds permitting :thumbup:

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I have been an f1 fan for many years aswell and untill this year I had never been to a race, I had always wanted to go but never seemed to arrange it, this year I've been to the British gp and the Italian gp, both were amazing and did not disappoint, all I can say is go for it, its quite an expensive weekend but you will not regret it, I took my own beer when I went to Monza, i didnt take any when i went to Silverstone and i did hear that they do random bag checks but not sure what they are actually looking for so maybe beer is fine, I'm also thinking of going spa next year


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What race would you go to?


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Cheers waxturtle very temped
Mikey thinking either silverstone or Spa both two of my favourite tracks
Live in the uk so prob silverstone although spa is calling me lol

Which has the best atmosphere outta the two


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Fooman wrote:
Cheers waxturtle very temped
Mikey thinking either silverstone or Spa both two of my favourite tracks
Live in the uk so prob silverstone although spa is calling me lol

Which has the best atmosphere outta the two


Both are great for atmosphere. I would go to Silverstone rather than Spa for your first one.


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Ok cheers mikey
Has any done the camping thing at silverstone how do you see the race
Is there a big screen or something ,
Sorry for the questions


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I would second going to Silverstone first. I've been there three times (2002, 2008 & 2009) been to Nurburgrin (2011) and Austin (2012)

Silverstone is by far and away the best organised of three, you have the advantage of being able to drive from home on the same day and everything being in your home country so the only 'new' experience will be the Grand Prix itself.

I sat at Copse the times I went, as that was the first corner back then, obviously Abbey would be the equivalent corner now - and I imagine you get to see more from there too than we did at Copse. Depending on where you sit will depend on whether you can see a diamond screen or not - someone who has been there since the opening of the new pits will be able to tell you the best places to sit for that.


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mikeyg123 wrote:
What race would you go to?

Trip to Monza
I have been to Silverstone every year since 2009 but last weekend was my first trip abroad to a Grand Prix & the Cathedral of Speed certainly didn’t disappoint!
I chose to travel with a racing tour company that took care of all my travel & accommodation so that I only had to enjoy myself. The trip got off to a great start when I spotted Will Buxton on my flight and accosted him at the first opportunity! I am usually quite shy but I was so excited to be going to Monza I just had to shake his hand. I think I gave him a bit of a shock as he had just woken up!
Our tour guides go to every grand prix & entertained us on the journey into Monza with anecdotes about drivers & F1 personalities. The drop off & pick up point was at an entrance to the Royal Park very near the circuit. On Friday I wandered around getting to know the track before the crowds arrived. It is much more enclosed than Silverstone & it’s easy to get lost. You go under the track in places & the centre is a crisscross of paths in the woods. After following one I came out of the trees to see the Parabolica spread in front of me – amazing! I watched practice mainly from a covered stand on the main straight as the open stands were too hot for me in the full sun. I was sat opposite the Mercedes garage (I should declare my allegiance to Lewis now…!) with Ferrari’s next door. There was some commotion in the stand nearby & then the Tifosi covered that section with an enormous Ferrari flag. Not to be out done I stood up & waved my Union Jack passionately to the delight and amusement of the Italians around me who were indicating the difference in size. It was a hilarious moment!
Saturday gave plenty of action on the track & as the grandstands were filling up I bumped into David Coultard & Johnnie Herbert on the crowded paths behind the stands. Qualifying was exciting & gave us a taste of things to come . I returned to my hotel in Como tired but very happy – my man was on pole!
Race day meant an earlier start but it was surprising easy to get to the track. The Tifosi were piling in & it was soon very crowded. The atmosphere was building up and the chanting & cheering were all good humoured. My Union Jack flag did look a bit lonely amongst all the Ferrari ones! As the time for lights out approached the tension rose & I had to pinch myself – was I really here?
The race was Monza at its best - fast & furious. I did feel for the Ferrari fans when Alonso went out as it must have been very disappointing. As Lewis took the chequered flag there was plenty of cheering & waving of all sorts of flags. Massa was obviously a popular third. As an older fan I had some reservations about joining the battle to the podium but hey it had to be done! I soon discovered that I could get my elbows out with the best of them & got close enough to get a good view of the podium & nearly smell the champagne - it was just magic. As the fans began to slowly disperse I wandered down the pit straight to pole position just soaking up the atmosphere.
No Monza didn’t disappoint!


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Monza was the best I've been to. I think if I was to rank the ones I'd been to, it'd be:

1. Monza
2. Spa ('08 and '13)
3. Austria
4. Hockenheim
5. Nurburgring
6. Silverstone

I really didn't think Silverstone was good compared with the continental races. Awful and expensive beer and food. Ticket prices astronomical. Traffic terrible. Camping overcrowded. Although my memories of it are probably tainted by the race being really boring.


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monolulu wrote:
mikeyg123 wrote:
What race would you go to?

Trip to Monza
I have been to Silverstone every year since 2009 but last weekend was my first trip abroad to a Grand Prix & the Cathedral of Speed certainly didn’t disappoint!
I chose to travel with a racing tour company that took care of all my travel & accommodation so that I only had to enjoy myself. The trip got off to a great start when I spotted Will Buxton on my flight and accosted him at the first opportunity! I am usually quite shy but I was so excited to be going to Monza I just had to shake his hand. I think I gave him a bit of a shock as he had just woken up!
Our tour guides go to every grand prix & entertained us on the journey into Monza with anecdotes about drivers & F1 personalities. The drop off & pick up point was at an entrance to the Royal Park very near the circuit. On Friday I wandered around getting to know the track before the crowds arrived. It is much more enclosed than Silverstone & it’s easy to get lost. You go under the track in places & the centre is a crisscross of paths in the woods. After following one I came out of the trees to see the Parabolica spread in front of me – amazing! I watched practice mainly from a covered stand on the main straight as the open stands were too hot for me in the full sun. I was sat opposite the Mercedes garage (I should declare my allegiance to Lewis now…!) with Ferrari’s next door. There was some commotion in the stand nearby & then the Tifosi covered that section with an enormous Ferrari flag. Not to be out done I stood up & waved my Union Jack passionately to the delight and amusement of the Italians around me who were indicating the difference in size. It was a hilarious moment!
Saturday gave plenty of action on the track & as the grandstands were filling up I bumped into David Coultard & Johnnie Herbert on the crowded paths behind the stands. Qualifying was exciting & gave us a taste of things to come . I returned to my hotel in Como tired but very happy – my man was on pole!
Race day meant an earlier start but it was surprising easy to get to the track. The Tifosi were piling in & it was soon very crowded. The atmosphere was building up and the chanting & cheering were all good humoured. My Union Jack flag did look a bit lonely amongst all the Ferrari ones! As the time for lights out approached the tension rose & I had to pinch myself – was I really here?
The race was Monza at its best - fast & furious. I did feel for the Ferrari fans when Alonso went out as it must have been very disappointing. As Lewis took the chequered flag there was plenty of cheering & waving of all sorts of flags. Massa was obviously a popular third. As an older fan I had some reservations about joining the battle to the podium but hey it had to be done! I soon discovered that I could get my elbows out with the best of them & got close enough to get a good view of the podium & nearly smell the champagne - it was just magic. As the fans began to slowly disperse I wandered down the pit straight to pole position just soaking up the atmosphere.
No Monza didn’t disappoint!


Awesome first post!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:36 pm 
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Monza was the best I've been to. I think if I was to rank the ones I'd been to, it'd be:

1. Monza
2. Spa ('08 and '13)
3. Austria
4. Hockenheim
5. Nurburgring
6. Silverstone

I really didn't think Silverstone was good compared with the continental races. Awful and expensive beer and food. Ticket prices astronomical. Traffic terrible. Camping overcrowded. Although my memories of it are probably tainted by the race being really boring.


Silverstone is the worst for me too, I've been to Barcalona for a weekend with a grandstand ticket, return flights and a night in a 4 star hotel for less than the price of a pit lane seat at Silverstone. Even before accounting for price, Silverstone still ranks low. Very over rated.

Do a weekend in Budapest, Germany or Barcalona and you probably won't go back to Silverstone.


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 Post subject: Re: Attending a GP
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micang wrote:
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micang wrote:
I am looking at going to the Austin GP -I have been checking the Circuit of Americas website and also have called them and they say, for now, they only have 3 day pass tickets for purchasing. My intentions are to go only for race day itself. Does anyone have info/experience with the Austin GP and know if single tickets are available and what the price difference is?

Yeah, that's my home race. I bought the 3-day GA pass in 2012 (sat at turn 11, which was alright, but twas awesome to see my guy win). Last year, with Vettel already having sewn up the championship and having gotten to experience the whole thing the year before, I only got Saturday (quali) tix. I had seats at turn 3/section 4, and they cost $129 each, plus that $15 surcharge thingy. I purchased them a mere 10 days before the race, but I believe they went on sale earlier.

Note, I would expect that demand is likely to be much higher this year if the WDC is still undecided, and Hamilton is fairly popular here. I don't remember how much I paid for the 3-day pass except that it was significantly more. Not particularly planning on going this year, but I could change my mind. I'm glad to have experienced it, but my wife is not an F1 fan and kept complaining and talking about opera the whole time while I was trying to watch. So I can't say I particularly enjoyed the event in-person more than on TV, when she watches while interested and just wanders off to compose or play music when bored. I'd love to go with my son someday, as he's a huge Alonso fan, but we just cannot get him to wear ear-protection (he's 3). :?


Thank you very much for the information, it's appreciated. My wife, I and father-in-law will be driving up from San Antonio. I have been checking the website basically daily to see if the single tickets become available, based on your kind information, I think I will wait a little longer and hopefully single tickets will be there soon. It will be my second grand prix as I went to Monza way back in 2002, but it will be a first for my wife and father-in-law. Not sure how much my wife will enjoy it in the flesh as opposed to watching it on TV, because when we do watch it on TV, she thinks it's the perfect time for her hobby and does her cross-stitching! lol

Thanks again.

Sunday-only tickets went on sale yesterday...starting at $139 for GA. Not saving much money at all there.

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/media-c ... on-sale-no

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0C004 ... TA_F1PROMO

Sales haven't been going very well from what I've heard. T12, the largest GS, has 40% or more of its seats available.


Thank you very much for all the help to all - as stated above, the price difference was basically not worth it, I ended up purchasing the 3 day tickets for Turn 9, Section 5. We went up for qualifying and for the race day. it was a great, very well organised - the only complaint is the pricing for food - man, it was expensive!

Thanks again to all that assisted with information, much appreciated.


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 Post subject: British 2015 GP help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:04 am 
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Hi I was wondering if anyone can advise me on attending the silverstone GP
I have never been to any before but an avid fan and wanted to buy weekend tickets for my wife's 30th in December. I'm looking to get general admission weekend tickets and camping tickets but unsure on a lot of things

We're are people's suggetions on a camping to be close and with plenty going on?

The campsites I've seen say you can stop from Wednesday. What goes on at the track Wednesday and Thursday

Do you really have to get into the track at like 6 in the morning saturday and Sunday

Any other advice is welcomed

Thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: British 2015 GP help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:10 am 
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I haven't gone GA before. I have always bought a grandstand seat so I don't know what time you'd need to be up on the Sunday to secure a good spot. I'd not be surprised if the answer was "early".

Most of the campsites within the Silverstone complex are pretty close to each other. And there are things like a wee pub (usually with a big screen TV outside - handy if there is other sport on that weekend), cinema bit and like a tent with bands and music etc. There is always a fair bit to do, and I've always found the atmosphere at Silverstone to be fantastic, so other entertainment comes from saying "hello" to the people camping next to you. Then you all get drunk! I don't know what is available on the Wednesday but all those are there on a Thursday. I don't really understand why you'd go on the Wednesday. I don't believe there to be any on track action until Friday morning.

I haven't stayed out with Silverstone and walked/drove/got a bus in. If money isn't an issue then I'd just get a camping ticket with my event ticket.

Other advice - if you were to get a grandstand ticket, bring something warm. Even when the sun is shining, sitting 5m up in the air means you get a lot of wind chill. In 2013 I was walking about in just a t-shirt but had t-shirt, hoody, waterproof on when sitting down. It's especially bad if you sit in the back row (which we did). Actually bring something warm applies without that caveat given it is British summer...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:26 am 
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Silverstones own campsite Woodlands is very good, there is a quiet side and and a lively side with lots going on. you book this pitch with your race tickets.

get there thursday will be the best thing to do thats when the pit lane walks were this year, and there is entertainment in the evening thursday.

You dont need to be there a 6am sunday but there earlier the better, you could walk in at 8.30 and get a decent spot if your not fussed where you sit you can be much later.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:20 am 
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When i have been to Silverstone i always get there about 6-6.30, but that's just because i like to get breakfast, take a walk around the circuit and have a few pints ;) I didn't go this year but went the 2 years before, i actually prefer GA to grandstand but its all personal choice. I don't get a spot either as i am always moving round the circuit but some areas like Becketts are busier than others.


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 Post subject: Re: British 2015 GP help
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:55 am 
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Thanks for all advice
I thought GA as I could see different corners on different days
So seems woodlands campsite is the best option
What happens at the track on a Thursday ?
And do you have to purchase tickets for this gig that happens after every Grand Prix there always mentioning on sky "f1 rocks" is it?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:06 pm 
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c1booth wrote:
Thanks for all advice
I thought GA as I could see different corners on different days
So seems woodlands campsite is the best option
What happens at the track on a Thursday ?
And do you have to purchase tickets for this gig that happens after every Grand Prix there always mentioning on sky "f1 rocks" is it?


I don't believe there is any action at the track until Friday morning, but I think someone else said something about pit lane tours? I usually travel down to arrive there mid-afternoon. Get camp site set up etc and have a look around. I live far too far away to get there for morning practise without leaving the day before. This is basically just a courtesy day with relatively little on compared to other days.

If you get a grandstand ticket, you get that seat on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday you can jump around to other grandstands to have a look from their. So if that was the main reason you were thinking about GA, you might want to consider grandstand tickets. I think on Friday they will let any ticket holder into any grandstand, but Saturday you need to have a grandstand ticket. While I hope there is good weather, I like being in a covered grandstand just in case it rains. And rain isn't unlikely. Actually in 2013 Club corner grandstand got a fantastic mexican wave on the go during either FP1 or FP2. It was also pouring and I really don't think I'd have liked to have been completely uncovered.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:10 pm 
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mac_d wrote:
c1booth wrote:
Thanks for all advice
I thought GA as I could see different corners on different days
So seems woodlands campsite is the best option
What happens at the track on a Thursday ?
And do you have to purchase tickets for this gig that happens after every Grand Prix there always mentioning on sky "f1 rocks" is it?


I don't believe there is any action at the track until Friday morning, but I think someone else said something about pit lane tours? I usually travel down to arrive there mid-afternoon. Get camp site set up etc and have a look around. I live far too far away to get there for morning practise without leaving the day before. This is basically just a courtesy day with relatively little on compared to other days.

If you get a grandstand ticket, you get that seat on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday you can jump around to other grandstands to have a look from their. So if that was the main reason you were thinking about GA, you might want to consider grandstand tickets. I think on Friday they will let any ticket holder into any grandstand, but Saturday you need to have a grandstand ticket. While I hope there is good weather, I like being in a covered grandstand just in case it rains. And rain isn't unlikely. Actually in 2013 Club corner grandstand got a fantastic mexican wave on the go during either FP1 or FP2. It was also pouring and I really don't think I'd have liked to have been completely uncovered.


You remember the weather on Sunday mac? Wow was it hot


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