2011 Chinese Grand Prix discussion

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This area is for people who are attending or planning to attend the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai.

Use the comments below to share your thoughts on the race, where on the track you intend to watch from, how you’ll get to the track and more.

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2011 Chinese Grand Prix

27 comments on 2011 Chinese Grand Prix discussion

  1. Christian said on 18th January 2011, 10:02

    anyone going?? any advice from people that went on 2010? I’ve heard that there is plenty of seats so you can get tickets for cheap just before the event.

    I’m living in Beijing this year so I won’t miss this opportunity. I will go by train to Shanghai. If any one is interested I have a guest room in my apt, we may exchange housing in Beijing for the day(s) before/after the race for the hotel room share in Shangai…

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 23rd January 2011, 12:30

      Take the hairpin seats.

      1. They’re cheaper than the main grandstand seats, but there’s a roof over your head, so you’re not worried about the rain.
      2. They provide an excellent view, from the beginning of the back straight all the way to the last turn and pit entry.

      Other tips I can share:
      1. Go on Friday! It’s free admission for anyone who bought tickets for the weekend, so you can go sit at other seats where you normally can’t (say, the start-finish line and pit area). From what I understand, there’s also a pitlane tour available on Thursday, but I didn’t get into Shanghai until Thursday night, so I don’t know the specifics there.
      2. Bring a radio, just in case. The PA is a bit difficult to hear at times, even if you understand Chinese. The circuit was selling noise-cancelling headphones with built-in radios of the PA, but the audio quality was poor. Other people in the stands tend to figure out the radio frequency anyway, so you can just go ask them.
      3. Bring a jacket! It was rather cold in Shanghai last year. Probably not as cold as Beijing, but you are in the open for at least 2 hours on Sunday alone, so you’ll still feel the chill.
      4. Bring a good camera with even better lens. The hairpin is the best overtaking spot on the track, and is also the 2nd slowest corner on track, so lots of opportunities to get good photos.

  2. Maggie said on 30th January 2011, 17:24

    Any news on whether there will be a pitlane tour thurs? We missed the one in Montreal last year and I am still kicking myself! Thanks!

  3. Christopher said on 6th February 2011, 3:05

    I am going this year and am still in half minds between the main straights and the hairpins. Biggest concern is rain.

    If anybody is up for a get together, I can speak fluent chinese if it helps :)

  4. Daniel Rivers said on 6th February 2011, 21:33

    I’m going to China this year… I’m still trying to figure out where to sit. Does anyone know if the Platinum Grandstand tickets offer anything else than sitting up high and on the start/finish line?

    • Sean said on 14th April 2011, 9:39

      I’ve been to the Grand Stand three times and I recommend you to take the seat there.(the upper level)

      Last year my seat is just under the BBC commentary box~ I can see MB and JL in their commentary box~ And Anthony Davidson shaked hands to me in the morning from the box when he’s just looking around.

      The most important distinction is the crowd though. You can really feel the passion from the spectators.
      Where is other stands…It’s almost half-empty…

  5. Christopher said on 9th February 2011, 13:25

    Took a leap of faith and bought B1-4 stands, decided that the hairpins would be more exciting (and cheaper) than main straights.

    Very excited as it’s only my 4th time attending a F1 GP.

  6. daniel rivers said on 11th February 2011, 8:11

    I went with the Grandstand A high… It came down to that and B1-4. I think that corner will be much more exciting, but I’m hoping I’ll get a good view of one of the giant screen tv’s in the stands.

  7. I am definitely interested in a get together. I just moved to shanghai and am excited about attending my first race!

  8. just bought B1-4 tickets. looking forward to it!

    any tips on where to stay?

  9. normalzocker said on 20th March 2011, 14:00


    i went last year (2010), sat in section B1 (B1.7 to be exact) in row 11. the seats were quite good – it was my first F1 race, but i’d been to 10-15 indycar races in north america before i moved to china.

    this year, i’m in B1.6, higher up – row 24. should be excellent. although i’ve heard good things about the H/K sections due to their cover and view of the hairpin, i quite enjoyed B1: you can see cars coming down the main straight from about the start / finish line, and then get to watch them through turns 1-5 (depending on how high up you sit).

    to be honest, there isn’t a ton of passing in F1 anyhow, so i like watching the cars with their varying lines and speeds through the first set of corners. there’s also quite an interesting elevation variation – more than you’d think.

    you can get tickets from touts around the ground, but i bought mine through formula1.taobao.com. i’ve always hated scalpers, so i don’t mind paying the full price. they also give you a fun little bag of last year’s leftover merchandise (hence the “Shanghai F1 2009″ ticket holder that i got in 2010) …

  10. Jeloz said on 21st March 2011, 10:00

    I’m going – went last year and wrote a piece for this site – i was in stand K which was perfect – saw the back straight / hair pin / pits – perfect. Looking forward to it and will be better prepared for cold and bringing food. GO Lewis!!! here is a link to my piece form last year – http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/04/21/sunday-in-shanghai-a-fans-view-of-the-2010-chinese-grand-prix/

  11. Christopher said on 21st March 2011, 14:28

    I bought the B1 stands from F1.com so I have no idea where exactly are my seats but yeah, looking forward to visiting Shanghai and the GP.

  12. Pete said on 3rd April 2011, 9:33

    I’m heading down from Beijing for my first GP. Does anyone have any further info on what will take place on the thursday?

    • Jeloz said on 3rd April 2011, 9:45

      hey pete , i really hope u booked tickets to Shanghai or you stuffed up!

  13. Pete said on 3rd April 2011, 10:17

    Not sure I follow you mate….

  14. I have one spare 3-day ticket if anyone is interested. It’s on section K and I got it at a very very good price. The only thing is that you have to show a student ID at the gate (not sure if this is actually enforced). I live in Beijing and will head to Shanghai on Friday 15 night by train.

    Send me an e-mail if interested in the ticket.

  15. Christopher said on 8th April 2011, 7:58

    still have not booked my hotel yet, was wondering if there’s any recommended ones? eg. F1 friendly?