Going to Istanbul – and everywhere else

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Red Bull, Istanbul, 2007, 470150

The Istanbul Park circuit is the first of this year’s Grand prix venues I’ve visited myself.

To cut a long story short: it was hot, turn eight is mega, and do not attempt to make the journey from Greece by train. Seriously, that almost cost me a girlfriend (you can read the full account here).

New visitors to F1 Fanatic may not yet have found the Going to a Grand Prix section of the website where you can share your experiences of visiting Formula 1 tracks. If you’re planning a trip to an F1 Grand Prix this year you’ll find information about most of the tracks on the F1 calendar. Here are a few tips readers have sent in:

Do not camp at the circuit campsites unless you like not washing for three days and listening to German drinking songs at 4am.

Miranda on the Hockenheimring, Germany

I had the pleasure of actually racing on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during the Canadian Grand Prix in 1980 and 1981. A fan sent me a photo of my car running along the waters edge and the advertising banners were all in French… that shot, taken from high on the top row of a grandstand, looking down on the circuit is easily confused with a scene from Monaco.

Number 38 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada

The compact size of the track was great, and the atmosphere was very good. I also think the grass areas of general admission was very good and we hung a lot around there. That?s the ticket I would be next time. The track side food was horrible, and the prices of beer was too high.

Sigmund on the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona>

My friend Mat scalped some fairly cheap tickets to watch at the first turn where saw (and felt) a young Felipe Massa loose his brakes and shunt HARD into the armco.

Alex on Monte-Carlo, Monaco

If you’ve been to an F1 track to watch a Grand Prix and want to share your experiences, head over to the Going to a Grand Prix section now.

We discussed which races people were going to in 2008 in an early article.