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  • #180871
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    @fishfingers & @timmy you are both spot on. The T10 is the best choice ticket for getting there. Some additional info, the train operator is putting on more trains for the Grand Prix Sat & Sun. Should help make travelling there and back easier.

    http://www.circuitcat.com/en/f1/noticia.php?&id=2486

    #180903
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    Getting really excited now. Hope the weather improves though, not to happy about the forecast rain for Sunday. It’d be geat to watch on TV, just not great to sit through!

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    Ok, you could clearly see the edits in the qualifying show, but mainly all we missed were cars leaving the pits onto a warm up lap. I recall last year when i had recorded qualy, i got back and fast forwarded the HRT’s/Virgins/Team Lotus early laps in Q1 as they were never going to be troubling the front positions. Then did same with Q2 & Q3, so personally, not much has been lost.
    Pre-qualy & race parts – Don’t forget that this was the first race of the year, and therfore has to include all the driver and team changes. There will be new viewers coming to F1 each year, so it is for their benefit, as are the pieces about Tyres/DRS that a section of the viewers (such as people on fan forums) already know about. Not every fan is pouring over on the internet for the latest news from Brazil to testing to the first race. I mean i do, but i realise it’s not for everyone!!

    The Race show was ok, i had avoided all news, so to be honest i was wanting them to get on with it a bit more than they did, but i can live with that (again, not everyone would have seen qualy show, so there always has to be some repeat of basic segments). The commentary team did ok for their first live race together, especially when Ben Edwards was struggling to understand the radio transmissions and said what we’ve all felt sometimes, namely that you can’t understand a word of it! Lee McKenzie interviewed Romain and Michael pretty quickly. Analysis was really good from Gary Anderson, who i feel can explain more than Ted Kravitz ever could. Though, i will miss the entertainment side that Ted brought, i mean, he never let the facts get in the way of a good story (i remember quite a few occasions over the last 3 years where it seemed like he was blatantly guessing why teams were doing what they were doing). But please, can someone at BBC Sport let Gary Anderson wear a normal shirt and not the corporate BBC Navy Blue we see on Steve Parish and Charlie Cox during Moto GP. I kept expecting him to wax lyrical about Webbo needing that first corner argy-bargy like he needed a third armpit. And while i’m moaning a little, the title sequence was better in the past 3 years. I really liked the cars racing around the different circuits, even though they did need liveries updating.

    The post race analysis was good, they covered everything i think, but i do like to see the podium drivers after the race and recieving the trophies. As so much has been made of Lewis’ demenour on the podium and press conference, i’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see it, even in highlight form.

    Overall though, i thought they did a good job. I’ve got friends who have sky, so hopefully i will see what they are offering at somepoint (maybe Bahrain if it’s on), so i will be able to contrast, but i’ve always liked the way BBC do sport, and i certainly prefer my pundits talking to each other (like normal people would do) rather than the American way of presenting and talking direct to the camera even if you are responding to something your colleague has just asked you. If people actually did that in real life, you’d stop talking to them!

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    I’m going with friends this year. Went to testing in 2011 to scope it out and travelling to and from the track is easy enough by train. Checked out best viewing locations, and i reckoned it was stand F as previously mentioned. You’d see the start, and overtakes into turn 1, turn 2 and the start of turn 3. The way the cars change direction from turns 2 to 3 is mind-boggling. Also good view of downhill turn 5, 6, 7 & 8. Though, this was without any crowds. I’ve plumped for a General admission ticket for all 3 days and am going to be on the Pelouse at turn 6. Great view of the first 2 corners, turn 5 exit and the fast uphill chicane of 7 & 8.

    #180860
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    @flaconspatrol I’m going this year and am staying in central Barcelona, although did consider Mataro, a few miles up the coast. Check out the Circuit de Catalunya website (english vesrsion) for useful info and a schedule for 2011 GP a this gives you an idea of what time to arrive each day. For getting there, i’d use the train from Barcelona to Montmelo (every 30 mins) and then a short walk, 25mins, to the circuit. Have an idea of where you want to be as there are various entrances rather than just going with all the crowds to the main entrance.
    For sites in Barcelona, well there are loads, just be careful in tourist areas with your bags and wallet. Try to visit the Olympic Park at Montjuic which is a previous location of the Spanish Grand Prix, you’ll be amazed that they used to race along those tree lined streets.

    #180847
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    @Chris C if you haven’t got them already then the Circuit de Catalunya site is very good. Just booked some General admission tickets for the whole weekend (missing Friday as travelling). Website was fairly straightforward, and you have options for printing your tickets or picking them up from a ServiCaixia machine (like an ATM, but for tickets) or the circuit itself. I printed them out, although the online function failed i recieved an email with them in so printed that instead. Hope this helps.

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