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  • #271028
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    Hey @splittimes – I’ve not been to Monza, but based on my experience at the other tracks, on the Friday and Saturday you can get into most of the stands without a ticket. On the Sunday I think it’s shut down right from the start, so you can’t get into the stand without the ticket.

    #269393
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    So, drunk in the pub today, booked tickets and flights to Monza. Now I need to figure out where to stay and how to get to the track. Haven’t seen Milan before, so thinking of staying there. Figure something near Milano Central is the right choice – but willing to hear other options. I assume we can get to the track each day by train (going Fri, Sat, Sun).

    Cheers,
    Greg

    #262576
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    Not sure I am adding anything new here, but I’ll post something I wrote to a friend of mine after attending the Spanish GP.

    The cars sound very different. No where near as loud as before. You can hear the turbo whine, and distinctly hear them when they switch gears. I didn’t wear ear plugs all weekend, and you could actually speak comfortably to the person beside you except if multiple cars were passing all at once. There isn’t the tat-tat-tat of the backfiring as they slow down, either. You don’t feel the noise, either, like you did with the old engines – where it would rattle your chest when they passed.

    I didn’t mind it, but it is quite different. I could understand if people really liked the noise and vibration, they may be disappointed.

    Cheers,
    Greg

    #256107
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    Hi all. Just booked my tickets – Grandstand A.

    Now I just have to book my flights and hotel.

    I had planned in staying in Barcelona, mostly because I haven’t been before, but all this talk of people staying at resorts on the beach suddenly has me wondering… Hmmm… Nah, I’ll probably stay in Barcelona so I can see the city in the evenings.

    Greg

    #245235
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    Sad news. I’d always hoped that Dario would show up in F1, though he’s a bit long in the tooth for it now.

    Bad year for him. Ashley leaves, a couple of accidents and now having to retire.

    #181562
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    I ended up taking the bus on Saturday and Sunday. This wasn’t a problem getting to the track either day, or getting back on Saturday, as people are coming and going so the travel pattern is spread out. Sunday was a nightmare, though. Everyone trying to leave at once, and the heat was intense. One fan passed out, and had to be pulled out of the crowd by his friends. People were lined up 10 deep for probably a couple hundred of feet along the road. The buses were stopping in random places, and everyone would just crush in. There were no lines.

    If I go again, I think the bus is fine for Friday or Saturday, but would probably look at another way back on Sunday afternoon.

    #181724
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    Hi all!

    Had a great time at the race. Was sitting in Gold 2, right on the finish line in row 22. Went on Saturday and Sunday only (arrived too late for Friday). Man, was it hot! Used a lot of sunscreen.

    I enjoyed the race. Enjoyed watching the gap between Hamilton and the Lotuses slowly going down and back up. Could see the end of the pit barely. Couldn’t really see the action, but was able to time the pit stops for Red Bull and McLaren so I knew if they were getting in and out quickly.

    Saw Bernie and Horner at the Marriott hotel on Sunday night, heading out of the Aqua bar and off in a black, throaty Merc. Some American guy said, “hey, look, it’s Bernie Eccelstone and Adrian Newey.” Loud enough I am sure Horner must have heard, but didn’t flinch at all.

    Captured some video from the race (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sqjbun-3seM), as well as pictures and text (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/379/)

    #196741
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    Famous 3 Kings let me down today. The manager said (2 hours before the race started) that she couldn’t switch the channel, because she couldn’t go upstairs to change the channel. Seriously? A sports bar could not switch to sports?

    Anyway, I left and went to the Sport Bar at Victoria Station – which didn’t have the sound on, but at least they had the video on.

    Lewis!!!

    So, F3K is now on my crap list. This isn’t the first time. They used to be a decent place to see F1. However, the last 2 years they have fallen off the side. They discontinued chicken wings (what kind of sports bar doesn’t have chicken wings), they missed the start of a few GPs and now they didn’t show Canada at all.

    I have now moved on.

    Greg

    #181560
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    I will likely be staying in Budapest so I can combine the GP with a nice city break. Looks like there is options for train or bus, based on what I found at this site: http://www.budapest-life.com/budapest/hungarian-grand-prix

    By suburban railway (HEV in Hungarian)
    It is relatively easy to reach Hungaroring by public transport. Take the HEV railway from Ors Vezer Square and alight at either Szilasliget or Hungaroring itself, journey time around thirty minutes. The former has a paved walkway to the track, whilst for the latter you will walk over a dusty road.

    HEV H8 – http://www.bkv.hu/en/suburban_railway_schedules

    Leaves from Ors Vezer tere, end of M2 line.

    By bus
    Ticket holders for the Grand Prix can board a special bus laid on for the purpose. The bus departs from the Pest end of the Arpad Bridge, and takes you to the centre of Mogyorod, the village adjacent to the track.

    Train seems the best option, as I assume you can avoid traffic going to the site. But I suppose it could be busy.

    Anyone who has been, any suggestions?

    #181583
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    Hi all!

    Just booked my ticket for the GP. Gold 2.

    A couple of questions – I am going to be staying in Budapest. I saw mention of a bus from Budapest. Can anyone give any details? Otherwise, what are the best ways to get to the track?

    Second question – Is there anything on after the race? Concert, track walk, etc. I have been to other races that do this, and just curious if Hungary does the same.

    Thanks all!
    Greg

    #196740
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    Hi topdowntoedown – definitely will be.

    I am personally likely going to the Famous 3 Kings (West Kensington tube stop) to watch, as the generally will put it on in a separate room so you can get the sound. Anybody interested, let me know.

    I have also watched in The Sports Bar (there are ones in Marylebone, Victoria and Farringdon). However, with the Euro games on this weekend, I am guessing that those games will be the big screen and sound items on.

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