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  • #217718
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    Ian Lockwood
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    Hi Steve,

    You may save a few quid driving, and I think it would be quite nice if it was just adults travelling, but with two kids in tow I think it would be worth paying for the flights (just imagine the first “are we nearly there yet?” coming an hour or so into the journey!).

    I think Spain is a good choice if you are going general admission. GA is pretty good anyway in Spain, and with the recession hitting their economy hard, it won’t be too busy. Italy is a fantastic circuit, but there is lots of walking from the nearest entrance to the track and there isn’t as much good GA viewing. If flights are too expensive, and you have to drive, I would put Spa on your list – a much shorter journey.

    Back to Spain, it is pretty easy to do everything independently. Another option is to arrange your flights & transport to your hotel yourself, but book GP tickets, Hotel, & circuit transfers as a package. We have booked for 2013 through http://www.montmelotickets.com You can stay in Barcelona, or for a cheaper option, with shorter transfer time around 30 – 45 minutes hotel to circuit. (& maybe better for the kids as the hotels have pools & some have entertainment etc in the evenings) take a look at their Costa Brava deals: 3 Nights B&B, GA ticket & Circuit Transfers from €256 / £208 per adult, with free kids places.

    Finally, with the cheap cost of hotels, you might be better off extending your trip a it and spend an extra night at the hotel. For your party of 2 adults & 2 kids, you could currently fly to Barcelona with Easyjet, going on the Thursday before the GP & coming back on the Tuesday Morning for £343.

    #180873
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    If you don’t want to be in Barcelona centre, you can stay out on the coast and get a coach to the circuit from there.

    #210983
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    Pretty sure access to L is easier than it may first appear. If you take a look at http://www.ticketmaster.es/nav/galerias/imagenes_landings/deportes/mapa-cast_eng.jpg
    You can obviously enter L via the bridge before turn 4 using gates 6 or 7, but there is access from the F1 Village / Main straight area by using the tunnel under the circuit at stand K and the bridge or tunnel either side of turn 5. This area also has a covered grandstand (M), and the priveliege standing areas, and a merchandising area so pretty sure the facilities will be OK too.

    #210978
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    We’re looking at L for 2013.

    “The grandstand L is located on the outside of the Seat left-hander, a 90km/h 2nd gear left-hander hairpin and the slowest corner on the circuit. This grandstand, which can accommodate approximately 1500 spectators, is exceptionally high and arguably offers you the best panoramic view on the circuit. You can see the main straight, the whole Elf Corner, the entrance to the Renault Corner, a section of the Repsol Corner and obviously the Seat Corner right down to Würth Corner”

    The video below gives an overview. If you click through to watch the video on youtube, and look at the channel owners other videos, you can see a similar presentation for all other stands. Written descriptions and pictures from each stand are available at http://www.montmelotickets.com/?pictures-grandstands-gp-barcelona,55

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trFs_x9Rxqk&feature=plcp

    #204506
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    I’ve not been for a good few years, but am going back in 2013. We will be staying on the coast in Santa Susanna and getting a coach to the circuit. The RACC offer packages doing this which I have used in the past. I have also come across http://www.montmelotickets.com who appear to have good packages at a good price.

    Has anyone ever used these people?

    #181444
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    Thanks AlanK!

    JonathanProc – best thing do to on Friday & Saturday is make use of your roving ticket – do a lap of the circuit and see what suits you – good research for future years and get a bit of variety. Opposite the pits has never been my choice during a race, but can prove interesting (take binoculars so you can see in) during early practice sessions. Becketts gives you a real sense of an F1 cars ability to change direction at speed – plus with the new configuration I gather you get a view across to the Arena section too. Luffield & Woodcote are good for picture taking. If its raining – pick one with a roof!

    #181436
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    Ian Lockwood
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    You can see what entertainment is inside the circuit here (click on entertainment):-

    http://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/2012-Formula-1-Santander-British-Grand-Prix/

    I’ve not been to Silverstone for the past few years (since the re-design) Can someone tell me where the main stage for the party is now located – is it still on the insiede of the actual track – and if so where are the access points?

    #196672
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    Its BBC pre& post and Sky during the race for me too where possible. I though Sky’s post race analysis was cringeworthy yesterday. With all that went on in the race, the post race analysis featured ages outside the Lotus garage (fair enough given their performance) but with no real searching questions. After that it was down to Red Bull, only to find no-one around (all too busy talking to the BBC?). Pen interviews with Hamilton didn’t query how he saw the incident with Nico. Didn’t hear from Alonso or Massa at all. The bizarrely spent ages with Lazenby guessing how much the cars in parc ferme were worth (before admitting he didn’t have a clue), then talking about how dusty they looked. Damon Hill then gave us the benefit of his illustrious F1 career insight by talking about packing the cars into freight boxes. Lazenby meanwhile was visibly counting down the time until he could go off air.

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