Interesting the posts about the best sections. I’m flying over from England for the race, my first time to Montreal, and booked the tickets ages ago. When I booked I didn’t appear to have any ability to pick a section or row, simply the GS.
Went for a Trio in the end. I’m in 15 on Friday (which I’m expecting to be a bit rubbish), 24 on Sunday (section 5, row PP) and 12 on Sunday (section 2, row U). Judging by the S2G they’re not the best possible seats then? A shame I couldn’t pick at the time but I’m sure it’ll be great anyway.
Yes, there will usually be a lot of people going to the track even on Friday. Our Friday’s seem to resemble many other tracks qualifying sessions from TV (attendance wise).
How long does it take to get to the circuit?:
-From your hotel if you take the metro it would probably be 15-20 minutes or so. Depending if you need to switch metro lines (different colors, see the map/picture in the link) http://www.stm.info/english/metro/a-mapmet.htm
You need to get off at the Parc Jean-Drapeau exit. So you guys need to take the YELLOW line (it will be the same exit if there is a Thursday open house at the track)
****There is one more way to get to the track*****
Very few people know this route. It will save you a lot of time after the race & quali. http://www.navettesmaritimes.com/en/route.html
This a ferry that leaves from the old port & goes to ile sainte-helene (same connecting island where you would get off on the metro/subway). F1 weekend there usually a boat every 30 minutes. It costs 15$ per day for a round trip. The ride lasts about 10-15 minutes. You will get a chance to take great pictures of the Montreal skyline.
For anyone fretting over the autograph/”open” house session on Thursday, don’t kill yourself. Unlike SPA or Monza which have good (if not a bit overcrowded) events, Montreal’s is a bore. Killed myself 2 years ago to get up there early; they force you to wait in a long line for rotating drivers, so you have no clue who will be there when it’s your turn. We thought we’d have a better chance waiting in front of the garages, but to no avail…was a waste of time. At least at other tracks you can sit & stake out a specific driver/team & have a fighting chance.
@senna I agree…..unless you plan on selling autographs which probably don’t go for much go and concentrate on take good photos….so much more satisfying see pictures of your time at the GP rather then a scribble!
Watching the qualifying on TV, went to the pit walk on Thursday and practice yesterday, still editing the pictures I took, but uploaded some to flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ray_francoeur/sets/72157634006955297
I’m in the West end of Montreal, looks like the weather is clearing a little, hopefully it will clear up at the track before the end of Q1