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  • #182178
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    Got a Bay Grandstand ticket but it might get pretty boring sat in the same seat for 3 days…

    Do they check tickets for people accessing the bleachers? Can grandstand ticket holders get on them and spectate from there? I’m mainly thinking I might do that on the Friday in Zone 4.

    #205033
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    Today was terrible. I spent 10 hours in my car (I live about 80 miles from Silverstone) and saw about 35 minutes of F1 action. The organisation at Silverstone was terrible. Sat in a queue from about 8:30am to 12pm, and was very very fortunate to get a parking space – the gate of the car park was closed behind my car! Luckily she didn’t scratch it Then we got back to the car just before 5pm and didn’t manage to leave the circuit until 8:30pm. There was a big jam on the M1 as well after that.

    I was one of the fortunate ones though. My brother also spent a ridiculous amount of time in his car, but he was a bit behind me in the queue coming in and he didn’t manage to get parked at all. Therefore he saw absolutely nothing. He had to use his ticket to get into the circuit just to use the toilets though.

    Silverstone provided NO information to people – no one told us what was happening, why we were having to wait or when we were likely to get in. It seemed like the marshals around the car parks had no idea themselves. All of this because of rain. It wasn’t like the conditions were extreme, it was just raining.

    On top of that, they’ve now asked those who paid £55 for parking (like my brother) not to come tomorrow, but those who paid nothing for Park and Ride should turn up as planned. ******* terrible.

    Sorry Silverstone, but I don’t think I’ll be back for a very long time. This race should have been held at Donington Park.

    #205223
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    If the car parks are flooded today, and it’s going to rain all day tomorrow, then why do Silverstone think they will have room for everyone parking on Sunday?

    Also, your space IS reserved – you paid £55 for it to be reserved. It is appalling that they are allowing people who paid just £10 for Park and Ride priority over those who paid for reserved circuit parking.

    #205085
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    Here is the best picture yet:

    https://p.twimg.com/AxC7jZGCIAIO0h3.jpg:large

    Looks like a new podium design for all races going forward.

    #205084
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    #205082
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    I mean the actual platform they stand on, it’s all curved and has this shiny metal around it. Last year it was the usual cardboard/wood background (Santander) that we are used to.

    Look at the picture – there is a free standing part with some sort of roof that was definitely not there last year.

    Last year reference photo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/silverstonecircuit/5956877677/

    #180869
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    I am planning to get to the circuit by train, and I’ve looked into the various tickets available. There are a couple of useful links:

    Map of the city showing both Metro and Rodalies train stops: http://www.fgc.es/eng/planol.asp
    Tickets from TMB: http://www.tmb.cat/en/bitllets-i-tarifes

    Central Barcelona is in Zone 1
    Barcelona Airport is in Zone 1
    Montmelo station (beside the circuit) is in Zone 2D

    A ticket allowing unlimited travel in 2 zones costs €10.95 per day. However, if you’re only planning on going to the circuit this is not the best option. The cheapest one seems to be the T-10 ticket, €18.40 buys you 10 journeys within Zone 1 + Zone 2.

    The good thing about the “journeys” is that they do not need to correspond directly to the number of trains you take. If you take the metro to the main stop to get the train to the circuit, provided you get on the train to the circuit within 75 minutes of arriving at the main station it will count as just one journey for both the metro and Rodalies train.

    This ticket allows you to travel to and from the airport as well, so if you are planning on going 4 days, the T-10 ticket should be enough to do this.

    I got info from here: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/barcelona-metro.html#metroticket – not my fault if I’m wrong, sorry :p

    #180867
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    The bus tickets are on sale now on the Sagales website.

    #199477
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    Yes there are two pit walks available, details are here:

    http://circuitcat.com/en/f1/horarios.php

    10am-12noon and 4pm-7pm.

    #180849
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    The cheapest place I found was the Circuit de Catalunya website. They have an e-ticket option where you print the ticket at home and bring it with you on the day. I’ve gone for that option, let’s hope it works :)

    #180865
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    As far as I can see there are two options for those looking for public transport to the circuit:

    Sagales Bus from Plaza Sant Joan in the city centre to the circuit. Details at that link for 2011 race, hopefully they will update it soon with 2012 details.

    Roadalies Barcelona line “R2″ runs from the airport all the way to the circuit.

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