I’m trying to work out where to sit for the 2012 race. It looks like upper level A of the grandstand at the pit exit end (under the structure that goes ov the track) will give me a view of the start, pits and turns 1 2 3. Can anyone enlighten me? Theres precious little on what looks like the official website as to actual seat locations. The panorama views from the stands on the Malaysia website should be mandatory for all booking websites.
Due to the lack of solid official info available about Shanghai seating and ticketing I decided not to go. My work life and kids schedules need to be planned months in advance so Shanghai will miss out this year – nice one boneheads. Organisers should take note that if they want to fill seats with paying customers rather than comps they need to provide some information and in a timely manner.
I think it’s the official ticket site, and I already have the seat number and section. Though it wouldn’t let me pick the exact seat I wanted. Now I’m just waiting on the tickets to be delivered to Australia.
@thecollaroyboys – Shanghai’s never been the best at providing information ahead of time. The language barrier doesn’t help either. You might be better off looking at Sepang or Singapore – both provide information as early as the first week of the New Year. If you really want to go for Shanghai next year, though, once the dates are available, block them off right away, then go here to F1F to look for information and tips. Bookmarking the racing-china ticket page helps, too. I bought my tickets there in 2010, and I got my tickets by courier bang on schedule. They also have a helpful phone hotline if you have any questions, but you will need to be a touch patient with the language barrier and whatnot.
@widseth – Yep, that’s the official ticket site. And you picked the best spot – not only does H provide you a view of the overtaking corner, if you got the seats at the rightmost edge, you’ll also get a great view of the pit entry and the start-finish straight. I sat at stand K in 2010 (back then, they lumped the H and K stands under one option and you couldn’t choose your seat then either). That provided the best view of the entire back straight – especially nice if you want a nice, long stare at your favorite driver or an overtaking attempt. Be warned, though, the TVs are a bit on the small side in the H/K area, so it may be hard to see what’s on them at times.
One more thing – you can sit anywhere on the Friday, so you might want to stake out in front of your favorite team’s pit garage in Grandstand A.