2010 Canadian Grand Prix discussion

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2010 Canadian Grand Prix

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  1. Hey F1 Fanatics,

    I am pretty new to the sport, but I have become obsessed with F1 in recent years. I live in Canada and am planning on attending the Canadian Grand Prix…

    Do any of the veteran F1 fans out there have advice on buying tickets? They are not on sale through the official F1 website yet, but there are a bunch of 3rd party website offering them for sale.. and I wonder if these are just resellers?

    I just want to make sure that I a)Get tickets and b)Get tickets at all (this event is sure to sell out).

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    1. tickets are on now on presale to those that had tickets in the past. wont be long be4 they are opened to public

  2. My best advice would be to contact the circuit direct and see if they know when the tickets go on sale or if they have authorised any sales through other websites.

    I’d imagine they should be able to help out because they will know the exact dates of when they can sell etc…

    Sorry if that’s not massively helpful!! :)

  3. They are only selling to 2008 ticket holders on the official site, but you can ring up and put your name on the waiting list for them, and then it is done on a first come first served basis for tickets that are left after 15th Jan. They go on general sale on 18th and if you havent heard from them by 18th you havent got the ones you reserved is my understanding of it! I put my name on waiting list for em before christmas – id rather get them from the official Canadian GP website partly for security and partly because they are cheaper and any resellers. So got my fingers crossed my request will be accepted come 18th Jan, if not im right back on that phone!!!

    Very excited, got the flights and hostel booked already lol!! Just waiting on the tickets!!

    1. Just re read that not sure if i made sense at the start – they are only selling to 2008 ticket holders currently, but if you didnt go in 2008, like i didnt, then you can put yourself on the waiting list. General sale i beleive is 18th, which is when they allocate tickets to those already on the waiting list on a first come first served basis. Was a nice long phone call i had a couple weeks ago trying to understand it lol, dread to think what my phone bill will be!!!

  4. Isn’t this the official ticket sales site?


    1. Yeah thats the one! thats where i called up to to find out about them

  5. carol treurnicht
    6th January 2010, 22:18

    Anyone needing help on Canada GP tickets please mail our FOFA secretary- she’s a great US gal- been and is going this year herself- send her a mail on
    Tanya can surely give peeps some help and tips.

    1. Great to hear from fellow FOFA member here!! I’ll see you guys at the race in Montreal… :)

  6. Thanks Everyone for the help! You guys rock!

  7. Hey Again,

    One last thing – anyone who has been there in the past have any reccomendations on where to sit? I was thinking of getting seats at the end of the hairpin (grandstand 15) but thought perhaps that grandstand 11 on virage Senna looked promising.

    Anyone have (more) advice to give?

    1. Senna Curve is best seat in house. Seeing the start and race into the 1st turn is most exciting moment in all of sports. Pit in is also right there. Only drawback is it’s a long walk from subway.

    2. Am from Canada/Montreal :D . you can sit or stand where you want. You can bring as much of your own food and drinks too. basically once your in it is like a park that is how we do things lol . But Senna is probably best place for seat bcos you can see many things. And for transportation there is a train that can take you right to the circuit. We also have great atmosphere and we welcome all it is great trip . I think we are going to be crazy this year we are excited to be back :D .

      Was a long time ago I went to the Canadian grand prix though. Maybe som things have changed :\ .

  8. Hello. My name is Tanya and I’m the girl Carol Treurnicht referred to. I did attend the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix and for those who will be attending the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time, let me tell you: It’ll be an event to remember.

    For seats, I strongly recommend sitting in the grandstands facing Senna’s corner. I sat there in ’08 and I had an amazing view,witnessing everything from the amazing start to Hamilton/Raikkonen’s pitstop mishap.

    Getting to the track is very easy. The easiest way to get to the track is by the metro. Depending where u plan to stay, u either might have to take a connection train to the track or it will be just a one-stop. Once you arrive at the final destination, you just simply exit the metro station, turn left, and walk straight and you finally arrive at the circuit.

    If anyone has any questions they want to ask me, please feel free to contact me at: fofassociation.secretary@yahoo.com

    I also have photos if u would like to see, just to give you an idea of what to expect this year!

    1. jose arellano
      20th January 2010, 19:15

      what grandstand is better 11 or 12 ?? im tempted by the hairpin as well but i want to see the cars going fast!

      1. The race in 2005 I was in stand 10, which is where 12 is now , not sure if it’s changed since there is no 10, however, when I was in the location of stand 12, I was happy with the first corner action and the pit exit being right in front of me, but you don’t see anything down the straight. I think the view from 11 is much better for that, but it does depend on where in that stand you get placed.

      2. If you sit to the left in 11 or the right in 12 that is the best view. You can see down the straigt away towards the pits.

    2. Hey Tanya how are you… great to see you on here!
      If the chair wasn’t so busy he could stop by from time to time… my son and I are going to be at the Senna Corner but not sure which grandstand.. I’ll have to have a look and see… I hope we can have a presence there at the track.. although this will be my first GP.. and could be a bit overwhelming.. :) but an experience I will never forget! :)

  9. Hey Tanya,

    Any photos would be great.. is there a way to post them here?

  10. I’d be more than happy to post some pics. I’ll have them up as soon as possible. ;)

  11. Does anyone have advice for general admission seating? It is by far the cheapest option, but can you see anything? Any advice is appreciated, thanks!

  12. hey,

    I am also planned to attend, and will probably get a general admission ticket. I was hoping to get an idea of the best places to view the track/action and also somewhere cheap to stay.

    any advice or past experiences would be appreciated


  13. I suggest not to buy general admission ticket, There is limited good places to see and it is only near the hairpin. With general admission , you are not allowed to go to the Senna corner, the closest you can go is the Casino.
    If you buy General admission, go early ( 6h AM ) and have a friend check your place if you go to the washroom

  14. Brian McNamara
    20th January 2010, 18:53

    Tickets to the general public are now on sale at 514-350-0000. You may have to keep redialing to get through, but you will now be able to get the best seats available. Previous ticket holders could renew their seats through last week, they now offer all the seats that have not been renewed.

    I have been going for a long time and I think the best seats are in the Senna Corner. It is a long walk but well worth it. Grandstands 11 or 12. They limit access into the area, so you can also get up close to the fence and see the cars up close.

    The hairpin is also very good, especially if you don’t want to walk too far. It is close to the action and has good sight lines.

  15. With regards to general admission tickets, from what I’ve read people who went with them weren’t happy, so it may be in your best interest to avoid them.

    I had placed my order since Dec. last year, called the circuit Monday (took me calling them 46 times to get through as the line was always busy)
    Got my tickets for grandstand 24.

    Only one or two sections are sold out according the the circuit webpage.

  16. I just got an email

    “There are still tickets left in grandstand 33 except sections 4, 5 and 6.”

    Do you know which are sections are good? Also, is it better to sit higher/lower?

  17. Or if any other good sections you can recommend for $225.

  18. christopher (sennaboy3)
    22nd January 2010, 1:05

    For those asking about GA, here is my write up from the ’08 race I attended with GA tickets: General Admission viewing is LIMITED at best. There are all kinds of obstacles to contend with, including trees which look purposely placed to obstruct views. Also, forget about climbing said trees, you will have security getting you down within 5 minutes, I tried it. Apparently, it’s not enough that Vodafone has 10,000 signs posted, plus two cars racing around the track heavily advertising…they had signs which clearly block the view of the track from some of the best spots. Security is also quick to get you out of any openings to the grandstands where there are views. While I made the best of Friday & Saturday with all this, you still get very limited viewing and are lucky to see the cars for more than 5 seconds at a time. On Sunday, forget it! There are people everywhere clamoring for pictures and the slightest view of the cars. If you don’t get to the track early on Sunday, your done. I arrived at 6:00 a.m. and was able to scratch out a spot down near the hairpin. I highly recommend having a foldable lawn chair with you to mark your territory & allow you to rest. I grew very frustrated on Sunday with the crowds and ended up using my pocket radio to tune into the broadcasters while I walked around getting different angles. In fact, many General Admission ticket holders seemed to be listening to the race more than watching. There are big screens located at strategic spots, but they aren’t the best and forget about hearing over the engines.

  19. Does anyone have a seating map showing rows and sections for Grandstand 1, 11, or 12??
    How does the numbering system work? Is it like most racetracks where the lowerer #/letter rows are actually higher? If anyone has a link or a scan of a map they are willing to email it would be appreciated.

    1. I have been looking for that map too or even fan pictures that I can blow up and try to figure it out. So if anyone can fill in the blanks that would be great! I have Google/Bing-ed my brains out!

      1. Karen – just went back and found my original reservation from 2008 and I made a mistake on the section of Stand 11 I was in – I was actually in section 7 for the 3 days – Row R……

        F1 2008 TRIBUNE 11 – Sun, June 8, 2008 8:00 AM
        CIRCUIT GILLES-VILLENEUVE, section 7, row R, seat 17, 18, 19

        Unfortunately the trees facing you do block part of the view down the main straight – see my video link on YouTube – however the screen oposite is perfectly placed to see all the action:


        So…. you will be at about the same hight just a bit further to the left than shown on the video.

        Cheers, Geoff

  20. The aerial picture of the circuit on the Nascar website actually gives a pretty good idea of the view you will get from stands 11 and 12.


    There are 8 sections for stand 11 (if I recall correctly) – 8 is the left hand end and 1 is the right as you look at the picture. There are 6 sections in stand 12, again 6 is to the left and 1 to the right.

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