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.
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.
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?óÔé¼Ôäós the ticket I would be next time. The track side food was horrible, and the prices of beer was too high.
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.
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.