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13th January 2016, 12:24 at 12:24 pm #311390
This is the company we used, who I’d highly recommend, who host pre-season hospitality at Barcelona. They have a box overlooking the pitlane, with good views down to the garages and also back over the paddock. You can access the roof for a good view of the circuit. We were given paddock passes (for a limited time, but enough to spot several drivers). We were also taken on a drive round the edge of the circuit while the cars were on track. I don’t know if they can guarantee paddock passes; it’s worth checking with JDC first.11th January 2016, 21:04 at 9:04 pm #311323
I’m going to the first test and will then stay a bit longer in Barcelona to explore. Unfortunately the week of the first test coincides with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona so accommodation prices are sky high.
I went last year and thoroughly recommend it. You get access to the circuit that most people wouldn’t get on a race weekend, and drivers seem more relaxed and visible.
If you can afford it, it’s worth getting a VIP package at a fraction of the normal cost. We were directly above the Ferrari garage so could see behind the top-secret barriers the team had erected (and were desperately trying to keep up in the windy weather) to hide the car.16th April 2015, 22:56 at 10:56 pm #296801
Yes. Racism. I really cannot see any other reason for the totally irrational and unfair comments that I hear and read about him. It strikes me that people know they can’t say what they really think – that they don’t like people who aren’t white – and they certainly don’t like to see them succeed. So they try to justify their prejudice in other ways, but aren’t intelligent enough to realise they haven’t found a single thing to criticise that doesn’t also apply to other drivers.
My aunt said she didn’t like Lewis because he’s a womanizer, but that she did like “that nice Jenson Button”. My own understanding is that Jenson used to be known as a bit of a playboy and womanizer before he settled down (in fact some commentators have said that he and his father were quite notorious, so that seems to be a widely-held view even if it’s not true), but I’ve not seen much evidence that Lewis is a womanizer – he seems to have been a bit of a one-woman man. So what could have prompted her view of Lewis vs Button if not prejudice?
I met someone at the Barcelona testing this year who said he didn’t like Lewis, but that he felt Button was a “gentleman” who represented Britain at its best. What did he mean? I’ve known Jenson to come across as quite bitchy, in his day, and I certainly don’t think he’s any more or less of a ‘gentleman’. Did he really mean, deep down, that Jenson’s white (and therefore British with a capital B) and Lewis isn’t?
Another acquaintance who watches F1 a lot says he doesn’t like Lewis because he wears sunglasses. But he likes Alonso and Kimi. Since then I’ve watched carefully and I can’t see much difference in sunglass-wearing behaviour, so it seems to me he’s grabbing at straws to justify his dislike – because he’d come across as a bit of a prat if he said it was because he was black.
Many pundits, including very well-known ones, have said that Lewis isn’t intelligent (not just in comparison to Rosberg, although that has also been said – and I couldn’t disagree more). I’ve never heard them say anything similar about the white drivers. Yet Lewis strikes me as a very intelligent driver, not just in the way he adapts to different driving conditions and different technical eras, but in the way he’s managing his career and promoting the sport to the public. He comes across well on TV, seeming intelligent and good-humoured. So what is it about Lewis that makes these white commentators think he’s stupid?
You mention criticism of his tattoos and I agree, if a white driver has tattoos that seems to be OK. If a white driver sprays champagne (which they have for decades) that’s OK. If a white driver does practically anything, that’s OK. If Lewis does the same things, it isn’t. So there does seem to be a different set of rules and tolerances for him. I’m sticking to my theory that this is to do with race, because I can’t see any other explanation for the prejudice I see. But of course if Lewis was to say that, he’d be crucified – because it’s not something you’re allowed to discuss openly; if you do, it delights and encourages the bullies.12th February 2015, 15:09 at 3:09 pm #292116
KeeleyObsessed, I’d say it’s on average about 60 seconds behind. You can often get offers on day passes (or buy them from ebay), and there’s a weekly pass for around a tenner that will cover all 3 days + some pre- and post-race analysis.
Simon, a 40% off code is no use if you can’t deal directly with Sky. Those of us who live in apartment blocks have to pay the full price to third-party installers/suppliers, even if we’re already cabled for Sky. There’s no price negotiation.12th February 2015, 9:58 at 9:58 am #292058
Yes, that sounds similar, although it’s sometimes a bit worse than that. And there’s been occasional buffering during race action but only once or twice early in the 2014 season, then Sky seemed to fix it. I synchronise live timing with the TV coverage at the start of a session or race, which is a useful function on the LT app, but if I’m also keeping an eye on twitter comments (which adds to the experience) then I often know what’s happened before I see it on the screen.
BBC live coverage tends to be more or less synchronised with LT.12th February 2015, 2:37 at 2:37 am #292044
I use NowTV to watch Sky’s F1 coverage, and the cost of their sports passes has gone down since the start of the 2014 season. NowTV coverage is nothing fancy and there’s always a terrible time lag – if you’re watching live timing at the same time you have to pause it so Sky catches up. But it’s much cheaper than having a real Sky subscription – something I’m unlikely ever to do because, having to deal through a third party rather than directly with Sky, I never get offered discounts or cashback.6th February 2015, 16:08 at 4:08 pm #291835
Thanks Frieda. I’ll check that they have that before booking.4th February 2015, 17:52 at 5:52 pm #291764
Thanks for your trip reports, Greg. You got some great photos there.16th January 2015, 11:18 at 11:18 am #290338
Thanks, that’s very helpful. I can probably only do one day at the track (1st March) but should have time for a little sightseeing on Saturday and a couple of good meals, so I’ll probably stay in Barcelona itself and get a taxi from the station to the circuit. Fingers crossed for some good running :)1st May 2014, 21:53 at 9:53 pm #258624
Based on my experience in stand 33, there’d be no room to take your own chairs. I’m not sure how you could use them unless you sat in the aisles? I’m not sure that would be permitted either…. But I’ve only been once before; maybe the other stands are different.
And yes,the benches are really uncomfortable. Trying to cut costs, I took a pillow from my hotel room to sit on and it didn’t work. The seat cushions they sell at the event worked best for me, and weren’t too expensive – maybe around $12? I was so desperately uncomfortable at that point I’d have paid a lot more.8th March 2014, 12:45 at 12:45 pm #251248
I’m hoping Monaco doesn’t overrun ; we’ll be catching our plane to the USA (en route to Montreal) that Sunday, and have to leave home 2 hours after the race start. Might have to catch the end of it on the airport run :)6th March 2014, 18:45 at 6:45 pm #250982
I’ve only been to Montreal once before, a couple of years ago, but on that occasion they checked tickets on the entrance to each grandstand. So unless you arrange to swap tickets with someone else, you have to stick to your ticketed grandstand. You can enter and exit the grandstand whenever you want though, to explore.
Btw, in grandstand 33 you’re close to a water fountain, so you don’t have to buy bottles of water if you don’t want to. And you can buy beer at your seat.2nd March 2014, 18:58 at 6:58 pm #250607
Thanks for the HGP photos. They’ll be a definite bonus for the weekend.26th February 2014, 22:49 at 10:49 pm #249949
You can probably get advice when you’re there. I found transport staff to be very helpful on previous visits, and the tourist office (on Peel St, I think) was also a good source of advice.
My friend who lives in downtown Montreal says that the area around the bus stops on Rene-Levesque is safe, and that the airport tends not to be a busy one.26th February 2014, 19:58 at 7:58 pm #249930
Ah yes, the 747 not the 247 – so it’s not named because it runs 24/7. Doh.
If no-one else responds, I’ll ask a friend who lives in downtown Montreal. He’ll probably have caught flights at unsociable hours too.