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Going to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park

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    Discussion area for people going to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

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    Nic Morley

    I’m thinking about going for the first time next year. I’m from Tasmania so flights and accommodation and all that would be involved. Does anyone have any suggestions of where to stay and what grandstand? I was thinking the Jones, but is it worth the money?

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    Hi Nic.
    Inwent to the 2011 race, and did my own tour of the first sector myself. At the start of the race, I was on the hill at the exit of Brabham (T2). It was chockers and very difficult to see the cars drive past. Turn 3 has a little grandstand of 3 of 4 rows which was right up against the barrier, which i think would’ve been a fantastic spot on the first lap. From there onwards its all private viewing or something.

    The pit straight is pretty self-explanatory, you can sit infront of the S/F line, get a good view of the podium, etc.

    Turn 1/2 has lots of viewing spots. There is grantstands left, right, and center, and there is the mound i mentioned earlier. The grandstand the drivers fly towards before turning into T1 is actually placed slightly left (driver’s right) for run-off, so if you want to see as much of the pit straight, book tickets for the furthermost seating possible on the right hand side (driver’s left).

    Your decision really is pending on whether you want to get on the track invasion or whether you want to just watch the race and get the Spirit of Tasmania whenever it leaves. Given the podium’s positioning, it will be difficult to see it if you are running from Jones. Sitting straight infront means you can jump the fence and watch from below.

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    It all depends on your budget mate!

    Stands- I sat in Prost Stand this year (last corner) but also got to swap with mates and have a session in Jones (T1). I preferred Prost Stand to be honest but the seats in Jones were right down the front, so if you go Jones certainly go higher in the stand. Prost was good as you get them around the last 2 corners, down the straight or see them into the pits and also you have a big screen. The screen where we sat in Jones not as good, but a better seat would fix that position wise.

    I have not sat in any other stands at the back of the circuit so cant comment there, but just having a walk around the GA hills are pretty packed, especially around the fast chicane. I think the good stands in Melbourne are between $450-600 AUD so quite reasonable so if you can get the best seat as there is not too much variation really. Also get yourself to “Pete’s Bar” near the Paddock Club entrance near the pits- some great songs and a good party tent!
    I have been in the Paddock Club the previous two years before this one, and a very expensive exercise (Around $4200 AUD) if you can do it (at least once!!) please do so- you do get to see the drivers, teams, cars up close and you may sneak a garage tour if you whoo the right person- I have :)

    Hotels- 2012- stayed at the Rendezvous on Flinders St just opposite the train station. Nice and clean, cheap at about $200 per night, no pool for an early morning dip and the one bar empty- F1 fans were not abundant really. If on a budget its fine and right in town.
    2013- Splashed out and went Crown Towers- best of the best and we paid about $600 per night (about $1000 if not in Paddock Club with their discount), you will see drivers and the teams all the time, but they are not siting around in the foyer. A great hotel but not quite worth the money really.
    2014- We won a trip through Australian GP Corp and they put us up in the Oak On Market (Just off Flinders street), its 5 min walk to Crown Casino, great room, clean, good breaky and a nice bar. We didn’t pay but speaking to F1 fans (heaps compared to the 2012 hotel above) it was about $300 twin share per night, so quite reasonable. I would recommend this one for sure.

    I didn’t stay there but mates were at the Crown Promenade (opposite Crown Towers) a very nice hotel, great bars, you will have a few teams and drivers there and they booked last minute at around $360 per night. Value for money this is a lot better that the Towers!

    There are plenty of good restaurants in Melbourne of course, but many quite expensive. If you like Chinese food head to the Dragon Boat in China Town- I have been there 6 times in the last 3 years- try the satay entrée :)

    Flights- As the race starts late arvo for Europe TV viewing, to get from the track after the race to the airport is extremely hard, unless Bernie lends his helicopter. We done it in 2013, were late, just got on and will never do it again (this is just MEL to ADL). My suggestion is to spend Sunday night, go to the Dragon Boat for a feed and fly out Monday morning or arvo.

    The Australian Grand Prix is excellent and the on and off track action is the best world wide- enjoy Tassie Devil!! :)

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    Wayne Whitaker

    I find St. Kilda convenient for access to the track. If I’m flush it’s the Cosmopolitan though I have stayed at the Acland St. Easystay. Acland St. has plenty of cafés and restaurants . I stay in the Clarke stand. That way I get the 16 Tram to St.Kilda in St. Kilda Rd. which avoids the Canterbury Rd.crush.

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    Hey guys, bought my tickets for the 2015 weekend the other day! Finally decided on the Brabham 4 corner package with the Gold GP Advantage stuff, and its fair to say that Im pretty excited already!

    Has anybody been to the GP and sat at either the Brabham, Fangio, Jones or Clark grandstands? If so, what did you think of them?

    Cheers guys!

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    I’ve sat in Jones the last 3 years, once in B and twice in A. I thought it was a great view, with the superscreen across the way, the sun to the back left during the race, and a clear close view of the first and second corners. I think row J and above you don’t get the fence in the way of the screen. Despite mainly seeing the back of the cars after they turn I was very happy, as they slow down from the main straight and also exit the pits and rejoin the race. Sitting low enough in A you can see right down the pit lane exit. In 2015 I decided on the Fangio Premium to sit in the shade (and out of the rain!) and get a view of the pits and podium, as 3 years on Jones with a similar view was enough. Brabham is facing the sun on race day, but from what I’ve seen it’s still a great view. With a 4 day grandstand you’ll get a great mix of views, with Jones being the best for raceday. But for those that have the same seat for the four days, try getting to a different vantage point for the first two practice sessions. Corner 4 is really good and has public seating as well as good spots to stand right near the barrier, corners 9 and 10 are OK, and near 13 and 14 is alright too. After the race I stick around and wander the track (on the track) until the grounds have cleared. It’s also a great time to check out all the grandstands to see what the views are like for next time. There is still HEAPS to see after the race is over, including lots of action in the pit lane. Otherwise it’s a mad crush to get to the trams. Do NOT book a flight out on raceday. You may not make it in time as the trams are packed, the lines are suffocating and move like a glacier, and taxis no longer exist.

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    BTW, it is absolutely worth the money. I ‘splashed out’ in 2012 for Jones, costing over $500, plus flights accom and spending money. In total it was at least $2k for a four day holiday. It was such a good experience that I’ve been going back ever since and will keep going until the extended contract expires.

    If you’re already excited, you will not be dissapointed. Just bring wet weather gear!

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    I went to the 2014 event and purchased the four corner package (Fangio), which meant I sat at Clark on Friday, Brabham on Saturday and Fangio on Sunday.

    Fangio doesn’t have a good view of any corners as it is on the main straight. You can see the cars exit the final corner, but the bridge over the track obstructs the view of Turn 1. It does give you a view of the pits (although obstructed by the teams pit wall boxes). You do get to see the buildup of race day. If you purchase the four corner package, you will be put in Section J, which is down near P13/P14 on the grid, not near the front row.

    Brabham gives you a good view of Turn 1/2. It’s fairly centrally located amongst all the side attractions. If you chose the Four-corner package, it’s a toss-up between the Brabham and Fangio package as to the better combination. The Brabham package gives you Fangio (Saturday) and Brabham (Sunday), while Fangio is the opposite.

    As for accommodation, I would look in the CBD. I stayed opposite the track this year, and the facilities weren’t really up to scratch. Staying in the city gives you more options, hotels near the track charge substantially elevated rates and getting to the track is a non-issue. On GP weekend, they run a tram every minute, and it’s free for GP ticket holders (although a myki pass allows you to explore a bit more of Melbourne). It takes maybe 5 minutes to get from the tram station near the track into the city.

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    I went in 2014 and, like DavidS above, got the 4 corner Fangio package. My Sunday seats were actually front row in section H which were pretty good despite the railing being a small viewing obstruction. This put us about 10m away from Kimi’s grid position, a very clear view of the buildup on almost the entire grid and a nice view straight into the Force India garage. A lot of the pit lane action was obstructed by the wall.

    A very easy jump of the barrier and a sprint meant we were fairly close to the podium at the end of the race and had a good look at Parc Ferme. This spot was also a very short distance from the GP Advantage bar which was great to get out of the heat and have a drink without having a ridiculously long walk back to your seats.

    This year I can only make it for Sunday and still haven’t purchased my tickets. I still want a stand but maybe Schumacher or Webber stands aren’t worth it… Anyone been in these stands before?

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