Hi John,Plastic bottles of beer were allowed to be taken into the circuit up until 2013.
Last year (2014) even though it said alcohol in plastic bottles was allowed, the security staff were searching bags on entry to the circuit and taking alcohol off everyone, although there were a few who managed to get some through, which is not surprising as the beer is 8 euros a pint and 11 euros for what they say is a litre.
I have purchased tickets this year direct from the track and have printed them out. There is nothing to say either way on these tickets.
I’ve booked Flights and Hotel, but read online you are not allowed in with an SLR Camera – Does anyone know if this is correct – If so how can a member of the paying public take photographs of the event from a public spectator area??
No I didn’t get a very detailed reply – I emailed the circuit after receiving email confirmation of my tickets and the response was “I cannot not confirm you can take your camera to the circuit as cameras and video equipment are not allowed.”
F1 Racing magazine couldn’t confirm either suggesting I phone the circuit direct – though they did say bags are searched and it may depend on the individual who searches your bag whether you can get your camera in or not- However, I’ve no confidence in phoning the circuit I may get conflicting information. So I’m afraid the DSLR will have to stay at home….much to my disgust!
I ended up taking an old temperamental EOS 400d and kit lenses that I was prepared to sacrifice but had no issue bringing them in. Security looked in the camera bag but didn’t pass any comment. There were a few others around me with DSLRs or Mirrorless system ones aswell.