2011 Spanish Grand Prix discussion

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

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2011 Spanish Grand Prix

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  1. Hi

    We’re looking to buy some grandstand tickets for the 2011 Spanish GP. As far as I see, best valued GS are A, G, H or L in what regards price and view of circuit.
    Which would you reccomend?


    1. A and L are situated elevated over the track, if you take seats in the row at the top you could see a lot track portions. More than a simple straigh. First laps are good from here, specialy the star moment. A with a bar at the back, few mtrs.
      G you are in the middle about 20.000 people. Reactions from the cronw are the best. Also a lot of track portion: 4 bends. Big bar and a lot of toilettes very near and acces and doors exit.
      H is in front of the chicane and also a part of the “stadium zone: zone from B GS to I GS” For the last laps, maybe a GP is decided here….

  2. Just ordered general admission tickets as general comments say they are good value as there are plenty of good spots if you get there early enough. Any suggestions where the best genral admission view points are?

    1. I suggest to be in different places each day and moving during th race. You can make a tour by foot round the track. From bend 6 to 7 and 8 there on saturday. For the race bend 15 and 16 or 3 to 5.

  3. Going agian this year 4th in a row it might be a bit boring on tv but its great there great atmospere. going as a group of ten this time. general admission again cant fault it.see you all there maybe!!!!!

    1. You have the tickets already ? Why not a Grandstand ?

      1. cost the main factor really allways had a good view plus the atmosphere mixed up with all the other fans is great even though they dont much like lewis or mclaren.

    2. hi
      it’s our 1st time. we’ve got weekend general admission tickets. can i ask where you recommend going? looks like turn 3 to 5?

      we too are lewis supporters so could do with a bit of backing ;-)
      also, what time do u recommend getting there on sunday for a good spot.

  4. We have our tickets for the race this year, I have a couple of questions I’m hoping someone will be able to help me out with:

    Do they open the track after the race for spectators like at some other circuits?

    On the Thursday I’ve heard if you have a 3 day ticket you can get access to the pitlane is this correct?

    1. 1
      No, we don’t open the track. Other track do that because is a way to have people on the track and not in the exit doors….Usually they do that in urban tracks, more easy to jump fences and run off areas.
      Yes, this is correct. Only on Thursday.

    2. yes pit lane open twice once in the morning and again in afternoon meeting the drivers is a bit hit and miss, meet webber and seb last year saw massa and alonso no mclaren driver though just jensons dad and lewis brother oh and johanton legard all though hes gone this year he was great with the english fans spent loads of time with jensons barmy army.

  5. hi everyone. my boyfriend and i went to spa last year and it was great. want a change this year. would you recommend spain?! looks like a good track. we got to do a pitwalk/meet the drivers thing on a thursday in spa, do they do that in spain? also can anyone recommend a good hotel, with good track access but also not too far from barcelona. sorry, im rambling. hopefully see you all in spain

    1. Hi, Debbie the Spanish Gran Prix is good better to be there for the race than watching on TV. Any hotel in Barca will do you can get the metro to the circuit bit of a walk but not to bad. I normally stop on the coast and drive there about 30 mins. Pit lane walk is on Thursday morning and again in afternoon. great atmosphere normally great weather , but expensive in the circuit you can take in as much food and drink as you want as long its in plastic bottles . No cans or glass aloud. This is my forth year always loved it!

      1. thanks. this might be another silly question. but we are going general admission for the weekend, and apparently we need to go to entrance 7. does anyone know which car park is closest to this entrance, because we need to book a parking ticket and dont want to walk too far! any help much appreciated! –x–

        1. Hi, parking one is is nearest entrance seven, but you can get in entrance 1,2,7 or 6 with a general admission ticket be there early as the traffic is mental or you might just have to park where they direct you. normally i try and park in the industrial estate its free and not to far away plus you dont get stuck in the traffic arriving or leaving. see map http://www.circuitcat.com/files/91-1039-imatge/mapa2011_F1_EngESP.jpg

          1. thanks, is the industrial estate shown on the map? dont really want to get there and get stuck, especially as we have no idea where we are going!!! –x–

          2. http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Circuit+de+Catalunya,+Spain&aq=1&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=11.540145,39.331055&ie=UTF8&hq=Circuit+de+Catalunya&hnear=Circuit+de+Catalunya,+Carretera+Granollers,+A+PARED,+08160+Montmel%C3%B3,+Barcelona,+Spain&ll=41.577989,2.273483&spn=0.006726,0.019205&t=h&z=16
            This is where i normally park it sign posted media/press when you get near the circuit. loads of locals park here just get as far down toward the roundabout as you can then you can just walk up the road to the circuit about 10 mins.

        2. Debbie, the parking ticket is less expensive in comparation with the general entrance ticket. Is better and safe to park in a circuit parquing than other areas, specially if you have a car with foreign plate number. You can park in granollers city, or Mollet and take the train to montmelo.

          1. thanks, never thought of doing trains. what time does the circuit open in the morning, do you know

  6. Debbie, if you have general entrance all parkings are valids to be booked.

  7. Hi, my wife and I are going to the GP this year. We have a weekend ticket for stand L. Does anyone how how easy it is to get to the stand from the main entrance? It looks to be on the inside of the track so which bridge do we use? Can’t wait, I’m an Alonso fan and would love to see a competitive Ferrari in Barcelona. One other thing, you can go to any stand on Friday, so where on the circuit is the best to see an F1 car look spectacular? Was thinking of turn 9 for the change of direction over the crest of the hill.

    1. there is a bridge near entrance 7 that will get you to the area your stand is in. turn 7,8 or nine are good to watch at. this is where i normally try and watch on the sunday.

  8. Debbie, the parking ticket is less expensive in comparation with the general entrance ticket. Is better and safe to park in a circuit parquing than other areas. You can park in granollers city and take the train to montmelo.

  9. Hi, going to book tickets soon and since it could be really hot am going to get a coverd grandstand ticket. Which do you think would be better stand I or M?
    Any advice would be great.

    1. I is at the entrance of the main straigh. The starting grid moments before the start, also the firsts laps, or the last ones if some drivers are close in the main positions. Also for the ambience at the end and you can go to see the podium if you go near the Main Grandstand and the Comercial Area.
      M more close to the track, view over turn 5 braking point, also is a belvedere over some other track parts at the landscape (main straigh). Near to the bar and toilettes. For me better the M.

  10. Thursday and friday at 8, saturday and sunday at 7.

  11. I will be in Barcelona this year. I have a seat in Grandstand K. I was there in 2006 and there were buses from the city centre to the circuit. Do they still operate?

  12. Yes,the will do again the service. The company is Sagalés.From Passeig de Sant Joan crossing Diputació street.

    By bus from Barcelona
    Sagalés:Trip duration: 45 minutes. Ticket sales: Sagalés ticket offices. Passeig Sant Joan, 52 From 07:00-13:00 hrs. and from 15:00-20:00 hrs., on working days, from Monday to Friday. For further information: http://www.sagales.com

  13. Hi Guys,

    Will be going to the Barcelona GP (as well as Monaco) from Australia this year. Sitting at the Australian GP this weekend, I have a question about the commentary.

    In Australia we have a radio service where the broadcast the commentary via FM radio. Do they do this also at Barcelona and in English?

    Thanks in advance for your help, and Jordi – thanks for the heads up on the bus service.

    1. Please send to my address a phone number to contact you on the track.

  14. Yes there is enlish fm commentary, they also have english over the loud speakers too they speak spanish for a bit then english. This happens right from the build up and includes the odd interview with driver and team. Hope this helps.

  15. Thanks Mark – that’s very helpful, was tossing up whether to get a FanVision unit, but commentary and a big screen will be fine.

  16. Another question – does anyone know what sort of support program there is?

    We only have from Friday to Monday in Barcelona before making our way to Monaco for the GP. Is there much happening on Friday, or is it better to use that for sightseeing and then go to the GP on Saturday and Sunday? I can probably cope with missing FP1 and 2 on Friday if there’s not much else on that day.

  17. Bob Constanduros is the speaker in English. The commentaris are on FM radio dial. Use friday to sightseeing. You can acces to other grandstands to check another vision matbe if you wish to change for next year. Also is Mini Challenge Cup.

  18. Jordi is there no gp2 practice or porshe or formula bmw on the friday i been to circuitcat website and its still not got the times for each day yet? .

  19. Not yet. Asap we will up date the time table. For sure we will have gp2, Porsche, etc

  20. My husband and I are going to the Spanish Grand Prix 2011 – first time ever.

    Haven’t bought our tickets yet, but will soon.

    I am wondering – roughly what time does qualifying start?

    What about the race?

    Will there be time to do any sight seeing on Saturday? or even on Sunday?


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