2010 Belgian Grand Prix discussion

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  1. Hey Carol, I have sent an email to f1@francorchamps-camping.com asking for their address cause i couldnt find it on the website. Is it Michael who gets those emails? Anyway im going to book grandstand tickets on Eau Rouge, just need to find out where to get them delivered. Even though it would of been good to watch with you guys, hopefully we can meet up when were there. Not too sure how we’ll be camping, will let you know on our progress. Thanks for your quick reply and your help.

    1. carol treurnicht
      9th December 2009, 21:11

      send me a mail please and I can give you the street address:

    2. hi … i will pass no far from Spa on Saturday 28 (i have a fly on 29 early) … so there is a big incentive to go see qualifing at the most beautiful circuit i remember …
      are there tickets good and no expensive for saturday only, available at the circuit on the same day … ??
      it’s interesting for me to know it in advance as the circuit implies 150km deplacement … (for me it’s not problem but my girlfriend will kill me if we make the move and there are no tickets :-) )
      will be nice if someone knows in advance availaibility of tickets on circuit for only saturday …

      thanks … (excuses for my english)

      Juan Luis – Madrid

      1. Hi Juan-Luis
        they do not have tickets for each of the days- only Sunday or weekend. Bronze weekend will cost you €160 and yes they will definitely be available still.

  2. Anthony_Ferrari
    9th December 2009, 11:23

    Hellooo! Am I first to post? Joe and I have booked our GA tickets for 2010. Looking forward to seeing you all again.

  3. Hi all
    I am looking to take my boyfriend to his first full F1 weekend this year at Spa – Christmas surprise – but am struggling to sort accommodation.
    The plan, if you can call it that, is to drive over on weds night / thurs morning and stay…somewhere… the drive back on the sun/mon after the race. The problem is that we have a 2 seater car lacking in boot space so bringing a tent along is not a simple task, although camping at or within walking distance of the track would be ideal. So, my questions are:
    * Do you know of any decent ish campsites that have tents already there?
    * Alternatively, are there any BB’s that offer similar fun and location as the campsites?
    Sorry, and thank you all in advance!

    1. there ar no campsites with tents already. But I can arrange a tent (tent only). Up to today I still can arrange some B&B.

  4. Richard Warren
    9th December 2009, 14:17

    Very tempted to go to Spa again. I broke my F1 cherry at Spa in 2008 and loved it.

    I was wondering if anyone has any tips for Spa? Particularly camping and any inclusive packages.

    In 2008 we stayed in a picturesque small town just across the border in Germany called Monschau. It was lovely if a little expensive. I would highly recommend it if you like good food and a beautiful setting to chill out in after a day of motor sport. It took about 40 minutes to drive to the track in the morning – a drive mostly through forests and hills which was great fun.

    Also toying with getting a grandstand seat. GA was great for a first visit as we got to walk the whole track and watch from several places over the weekend. Les Combes was a great place to watch but so crowded on race day (we got there too late).
    Eau Rouge is a unique spectacle but not sure I would want to watch the whole race from there – not much overtaking.

    So much to consider!

    1. carol treurnicht
      9th December 2009, 21:08

      if you want to camp and have some fun then come and join us at the Elephant- we had a ball last year and there are loads from this thread going again next year.
      Its quieter than the huge main sites, 20 minute walk to the track (shuttle bus also available) and we’d love to meet you!

      1. Richard Warren
        10th December 2009, 9:02

        I haven’t camped since I was about 5! Still, I’m looking into it. I have e-mailed Elephant and asked if there are any B&B vacancies – if not then I’d better buy a tent ;)
        What are the facilities like at Elephant?

        1. carol treurnicht
          10th December 2009, 19:02

          there are B&B possibilities there so keep me posted if you don’t hear anything in the next few days and I’ll get my folks there to do some digiing for you.
          If you were there 2008 you must have enjoyed the “fantastic” weather! I have never seen so much mud but a pal of mine told me Monza was even worse that year! Even we in our camper (like most others) had to be towed out by the neighbouring farmer with his tractor- he thought it was hysterically funny and kept muttering in French about these crazy F1 people…..
          More later as got to sort a couple of things right now.

  5. The address is Société de Promotion du Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, 4970 Stavelot4970, Belgique

    You can get it in two secs going a Google search.

    Any other recommendations on where to watch the race from, and where to stay?

  6. Has anyone gone to Spa without taking their car? What is the best way of going about doing that? Flights, getting to the track on race day, accommodation? Any help is much appreciated.

    And what tickets are best to buy? General admission, or a reserved seat? Where are the best seats for the most reasonable price?

    Many Thanks!

  7. carol treurnicht
    9th December 2009, 21:04

    Heh? How did that old post of mine get here? Hi guys welcome to the new thread as I guess we bust the old one from last year! We got to 655 posts so I guess Keith had to start us off again!
    Let me introduce myself- I am Carol and am a total Spa addict and go every year.
    @ Adam- yes the mails go to Michael personally so don’t worry- I know he is travelling and away at the moment but you will get a response!
    @ Anthony- great news- looks like quite a few of us will be back again this year so looking forward to it- I am also all booked up- just need to sort the camper out but not till after Christmas on that one as got all the “other” stuff going on at the moment!
    As for the rest of you- I am sure we’ll get some helpful hints.
    Cheers for now

  8. carol treurnicht
    9th December 2009, 21:06

    thanks for the new thread but promise you won’t delete the old one yet please…….
    Also here it says its for people attending the Bahrain Grand Prix……………??

  9. carol treurnicht
    9th December 2009, 21:10

    sorry to bother you again but what on earth is this strange post of mine from September from the old thread doing here- it looks kinda odd now!

  10. Hi again
    So, my tickets are booked and I’m totally giddy with excitement (and it’s not even my present!). Now I just need accommodation tips…see previous post. Can anyone out there help?
    If I can squeeze the smallest tent in the world into my car, what is the elephant like? Should we look to stay there? Any half decent places to eat nearby?
    Thank you :o)

    1. If you want a site that specialises in pre-erected tents the link at the bottom may be useful. It is a good site considering it is temporary, with decent toilets and washing facilities and plenty of entertainment in the evening. Also if you like your sleep it is quiet from midnight.

      Only downside is it is 9km from site and if you drive yourself it can be almost an hour from campsite to track; mainly due to the length of walk from track car parks.

      Stunning scenery too. Not saying it is better or worse than The Elephant just that it does specialise in pre-erected tents.

      1. Sorry couldn’t attach link correctly in the post above the url is as per here.


        1. http://www.campingf1.com Formula 1 Campsites and they do most of the European race tracks

  11. August 29 is my lovely wife’s birthday and we want to celebrate at the Spa GP this year. We’ve wanted to attend Spa for years, but this will be our first time.
    Coming over from California, we’re into a pretty pricey trip, but it’s her birthday so we’re going for it – first class flight, fast car (rental), fancy hotels. And for the race, we would like to get covered grandstand tickets.
    I’m looking for any suggestions for the best spots. We prefer race viewing to pit viewing.
    How about Gold 3 at Eau Rouge? Is this a good choice? Someone told me there is a grandstand from which you can see the cars for nearly 20 seconds. Is that true? Which one?
    Any guidance would be really appreciated.

    1. Tribunes – the best place is Gold 2

  12. Thanks Michael! We’re booked! We’re going! We’re stoked!

    I’ll keep checking this board for tips (routes in and out, services on the circuit grounds and in the area, and so on). What a great resource!


  13. Hi everyone

    I’ve just booked The Elephant (I hope the email reaches Michael…) and am pretty excited! It will be our first year at Spa and the forujm posts make it sound like an absolute ball.

    Hope to see you all there

  14. carol treurnicht
    22nd December 2009, 20:23

    Hi peeps
    taking shape for 2010 slowly- great stuff.
    We got a few things planned for this year to make your trip memorable!
    More news later but till then- everyone have a fantastic christmas and an even merrier New Year and look forward to chatting/making plans then!

  15. Hi All! We’re coming over to Spa from the US. I’m ready to buy seats and I’m torn as to which. I’m debating between Gold 8 at La Source of Gold 2, since apparently, you can see the cars for quite a while. We’d like to see some pit action, race action and the podium, so I was thinking Gold 8, but I’d love to hear some reviews! Thanks and see you all there!

    1. carol treurnicht
      23rd December 2009, 21:52

      Hi Andrea
      great- you won’t regret it- according to our resident expert Michael Gold 2 is your best bet.
      I’m a poor GA person so can’t help you on grandstand tips I’m afraid!

    2. Gold 8 you see only La Source for a few seconds. Gold 2 you can see from La Source to Le Raidillon.

        1. the number of the tribune I mean changed – now it’s Gold 3!

  16. Claire & Rob Neal
    23rd December 2009, 11:18

    Whoop Whoop its been confirmed that Schumacher is to race for Mercedes in 2010. OMG im sooooooo excited for spa next yr :) Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and an even merrier new year and look forward to chatting and making plans in the new year xxxx

  17. All booked… can anyone give me an idea of what we will need at the site to make our camping stay a little more luxurious?!?!? Thanks

    1. carol treurnicht
      23rd December 2009, 21:57

      Hi AJ
      great news!
      Depends on what you mean- are you tenting it or coming with a camper? If you have a car your are mobile if in a camper then you are pretty much fixed. Most of us bring everything bar the kitchen sink so we can usually help out if you forgot the teabags/need a hot coffee or whatever. Nice thing about the site everybody just mucks in and shares. Let us know what you are thinking of and we can probably give you a few more hints or tips!

  18. Thanks Carol — I pulled the trigger at got Gold 8 seats at La Source this morning!! So excited!! It’s one of my favourite corners in F1, and I figure we’ll see some overtaking action, as well as the start, and some pit action (though less with no refueling for next year), and we can still make it to the podium. It came down to Gold 2 or Gold 8, and I just went 8.

    I’m a HUGE Schumi fan, so I’m just over the moon about being able to see him at Spa! I’m going to keep up with this thread and we’d love to meet up with some people, if you don’t mind some Yanks joining in on the fun!

    Now…off to find hotels in Spa. Recommendations welcome!


  19. christopher (sennaboy3)
    24th December 2009, 9:27

    Carol: We are going to need a detailed account of Rolf’s reaction to the Schumi news! Counting down the days to SPA already…Merry Xmas.

  20. Oh crap! Well, too late now, I suppose. I’m sure we’ll have a great time in Gold 8, nonetheless. I wanted to also see some of the pits and grid, so hopefully Gold 8 will come through. Just the experience of being there will be fabulous, though!

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