@Crajmaleon – B5-8 or H? I’ve been both and I have to say they both provide nice but different view. For the start and mega T1, B5-8 is perfect. No roof, so could be a problem when it rains in Shanghai (it does! esp. in April). With some extra money, H obviously has got roof. The view of the long straight, heavy braking hairpin and majority of overtaking is also fantastic. Personally I would recommend it to people who is here 1st time, but it all depends on you! P.S. Tickets are now selling fast with the event approaching, so maybe you have to get one from “yellow cows” (ticket scalpers) near the circuit when you arrive… with good price (bargain from 50% off)!
@regan – Line 11, Shanghai Circuit Station. Don’t where you live, but checking this interactive map may help you (English available) http://www.exploreshanghai.com/ditie/
Tips: Get in a metro station and buy tickets first. Round trip costs about 5-7 RMB, depending on where you stay. It’s cheaper and punctual compared to taxi and bus, but better start early in case of the crowd, esp. on race day!
1. The subway is expected to run this year. I’ve got some pre-sold special tickets which are for 13-15 April only. There are some repairs in the station reported, but it’ll be fine I guess.
2. I don’t know if there is kangaroo tv or sth like that this year. For 5 live streaming online, I think a 3G SIM card in the phone should be ok. Make sure you’ve bought the right model and data package.
I’m Shanghainese so pleasure to answer your questions:)
Delighted to be here and see such a great website. Born & raised in Shanghai, no doubt the 2012 race is must-go for me – for the 8th year in succession!