F1 2009: Which races did you go to?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

One of my pictures from the British Grand Prix
One of my pictures from the British Grand Prix

Yesterday we looked back on another F1 season packed with live blogging fun.

But the one thing better than seeing F1 on TV is being there are the track. Tell us about the races you went to this year.

This year I went to the British Grand Prix having skipped it last year. My personal record of never seeing a home win in Britain – or any country, for that matter – is still intact.

I had a brilliant time at Silverstone and even got to meet a couple of F1 Fanatic readers!

Which races did you go to in 2009? Leave a comment below and remember to leave some tips for fans heading to races in 2010 on these pages:

56 comments on “F1 2009: Which races did you go to?”

  1. This year none….sadly!
    I’ve only been to 2 races in the past; 2001 Hungary and 2006 France.

    1. No nor me…. a weekend for the family for the same price as a three week holiday. No way.

      I used to go every year then Bernie got greedy. Zandvort was the best ever.

  2. Nurburgring.Cold and windy all tree days but grand prix strecke is underestimated i think.

    1. Mike "the bike" Schumacher
      13th November 2009, 22:21

      I was at the Nurburgring in 2007, brilliant race, started raining on the first lap causing havoc and mixing the order, Markus Whinklehook led his only grand prix! and Alonso overtook Masssa for the lead with only a few laps left.
      It was a sensational weekend, got Vettels and glocks autographs.
      Havn’t been to a grand prix since though.

  3. I havent seen any race till now. I m waiting for New Delhi GP in 2011. They r building a circuit just outside Delhi but I wished they made Delhi GP a street circuit….

  4. Sebastien Carter
    13th November 2009, 8:12

    Hear Hear! I remember there was a rather brisk cold wind when we were sitting on the stands at the end of hanger straight Keith!

  5. Unfortunately, and despite Bernie’s expanded calendar, all of the GP’s are at least an 8-10 hour flight away from South Africa, so I have yet to attend a race despite having been a fanatic for nigh on 17 years!

    Here’s hoping Kyalami gets back onto the calendar, but I doubt it…:-(

  6. Spa – Noisy pyromaniac AC/DC-playing Germans in the campsite but oh so worth it.

  7. None at all! =( And it looks to be the same next year if Silverstone and Bernie don’t sort themselves out!

  8. GeeMac, I have decided that, granted it happens, I am going to the British GP next year. I want paddock passes and all…

    I don’t think Kyalami will ever get a F1 race there again unless they do a major upgrade. In which case they might as well build a new circuit.

    1. I’ve heard rumours that Tilke is planning on designing a circuit in Cape Town.


      Another boring Tilke circuit for F1, but at least I’d be able to watch the race!;-)

      1. We’re talking big money. Let’s hope it works and it’s not a flop like GO-GP which WE paid for.

        And looking at the pictures of the proposed track, it doesn’t look too bad. I don’t see any slow tight chicanes…

  9. I had three really enjoyable days at Silverstone, it was great! The party after the race on Sunday was really good too with the drivers and team owners all showing their support for the race staying at silverstone, never managed to stay for that as I usually clear off early. I recommend it if there is another race there.

    I really want to go to Spa next year or even Montreal – but money will dictate that.

  10. christopher (sennaboy3)
    13th November 2009, 9:48

    Hit 2 this year. Silverstone, was windy & cold, but well worth it for the roving grandstand seats. SPA is just epic, brought my dad & had a great time camping with people from this very site! Hoping to attend 5 next year assuming Canada comes back…(Canada, SPA, Monza, Brazil and Singapore)

    1. I was at Singapore this year. It’s well worth it. They stick you all in different little zones, which is a bit weird, but Singapore loves it’s rules! I thoroughly recommend both the Grand Prix and the Island itself.

      I was at Albert Park too, since it’s just down the road. Always brilliant until they run out of beer!

  11. SPA! We sat on Kemmel Straight right in front of the ‘giant screen’. Could even see Busstop and start/finish from there.

    My first F1 visit and it was absolutely fantastic!

    1. Yep, Spa is a wonderful place. We were up at Pouhon with a cracking view of fast corners in both directions and a screen in front of us. Spent most of Saturday evening saying “Force India?!?”.

      Tips for first-timers: if you’re in general admission bring a folding chair and pick a spot early. Bring clothing for all weathers!

      We did our Spa visit this year entirely by public transport and it worked really well. Eurostar to Brussels, and you can use your Eurostar ticket on any internal train service. So we got a train to Verviers, and from outside the station was a €5 bus service to the track.

  12. Though Malaysian gp was a flop, i’m sure those who visited it would have so much like me

  13. Though Malaysian gp was a flop, i’m sure those who visited it would have so much like me……Raikkonen is really cool….:-)

  14. i mean enjoyed so much like me

    1. Hey Rahim I know you’re a Kimi fan and mutterings he is closeer to deciding his future. Hope he hurries up!

    2. I would love to visit Spa as it sounds to be in heaven,but that will cost huge for me as I live in Bangladesh.I am planning to visit 2010 Malaysia.& guess just today the ticket sales has just opened.I would love to hear if anybody can help me about the race weekend.

      Rahim if you can please let me know which seat will be the best for the race weekend.

  15. Silverstone (as usual) and Monza for me this year :)

  16. Went to Spa, and sat just up from Eau Rouge. Was an excellent experience despite Button going out on the first lap. Watched Raikkonen overtaking Fisi in amongst a load of Ferrari fans (deafening!). Think it’s Moza next year

  17. I’ve been at Istanbul Park this season. It was my first live race experiment and it was awesome! I’ve been able to see exit of the turn eight, turn nine and turn ten where Vettel get passed by Jenson.
    Unfortunately as expected, McLaren hasn’t been competitve out there. But I’ve got a chance to meet Lewis(and have a chat indeed:)) and Heikki which is the most remarkable moment of my life. Probably we’ve have at least two races more on the calender. I haven’t intended to miss those races, too. And I wanna visit the Silverstone. That’s one of the biggest dreams of mine. Keep the Silverstone please!!!

    1. I was also at Turkey this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s been criticised for low attendance, and the facilities could be better, but it’s a great track and the ticket prices are very reasonable (we had bronze grandstand seats – cheaper than general admission at many other tracks). Even with general admission tickets you would have loads of places to view from and there’s a free bus that runs all the way around the outside of the track. And virtually guaranteed good weather! Bring your own food though – there was very limited choice and it was a bit of a rip-off.

      Tips for visiting? We stayed in Istanbul itself, and the track is quite far away, so allow plenty of travel time. Most of the hotels were offering shuttle bus services to the track for about €20 per person. We chose this option (if you do hire a car, there’s plenty of parking, but based on personal experience be prepared for an interesting driving experience in Istanbul!)

      Traffic back into Istanbul on Sunday evening was very congested – allow at least an extra hour (and bring something to read if you’re on a bus!)

      If you live in a country where you can get cheap-ish flights to Istanbul, I’d definitely recommend this as an experience.

  18. haven’t had the pelasure, very close to Istambul in 07, but Bernies horrible prices made no sense to me…

    hopefully silverstone in the future, and Monaco…

  19. I went to the british, belgian and Italian Gp’s this year. I try and do 2 or 3 a year. Before anyone thinks lucky sod…. I do all this as my holday for the year, much to the anguish of my missus, as she stays at home and I go with my boss!! Its not all glamour neither, go to airport for italy, rent a crap Lancia hatch back, and camp for 4 days at Lesbo with no running water or showers and toilets crammed full of turd before friday practise is finished. Top fun though!

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