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  • #353469

    F1antics
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    How inconsiderate :)

    I know what I’d choose to attend ….. :)

    #350030

    F1antics
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    Club Corner tickets purchased
    Woodlands (lively) motorhome pitch and electric hookup booked
    Motorhome booked

    All set :)

    I will have a spare circuit car park ticket (2 person) if anyone’s interested.

    #347842

    F1antics
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    I haven’t had any luck with finding a company that drops off and picks up, at least not one that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg. So like you, I’m investigating self-drive motorhomes now, and any recommendations would be handy

    #347663

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    I’ve got Club Corner tickets and have booked cancellable accommodation just outside Milton Keynes but am now looking into motorhome hire to avoid getting snarled up in traffic each day. Some motorhome companies offer to drop off and pick up, so I’m investigating those, although driving shouldn’t be a problem.

    So it’s a question of choosing a good place to park it. Does anyone have any recommendations or, more importantly, places they wouldn’t recommend. Or links to places where these things are discussed? I’m more interested in a good night’s sleep than a party atmosphere, but somewhere with facilities (bar, food etc) would be good.

    #346624

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    Thanks. Camping does sound tempting but it’s been 50 years since I last slept in a tent and I’ve got used to my creature comforts, especially the use of a hairdryer :) My friend (similar age to me) is concerned about how convenient the conveniences are. Is it suitable for a couple of females who’re getting on a bit and who’re not very outdoorsy?

    #346560

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    Hi Colin. I’ve just booked Club Corner block 1 too! Row N – hope it’s not too high up.

    We’ve booked a cancellable hotel in Milton Keynes but I’m wondering whether to glamp in order to be closer to the action

    #346531

    F1antics
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    Interesting post, thank you. What a great idea for exploring the circuit.

    When you say you can chain it near to the seat, do you mean at the back of the stands or actually within sight? I could bring my Brompton folding bike, but I’m always worried about it being nicked. Or I could bring my battered old hybrid, then it wouldn’t matter if it was stolen.

    #337779

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    Yes, the Piso boxes have limited paddock access. I’m not sure how the paddock passes are allocated, but when I’ve been in a small box managed just by JDC itself we were allowed a couple of visits throughout the day, and in the bigger box that JDC customers shared with others this year it was a more formal arrangement where you booked a timeslot. I suppose it might have been possible to blag another visit if there were spare slots.

    The views down into the paddock from the Piso box balconies are excellent; you can see (and get decent photos) of drivers walking from the garage to the paddock and doing media interviews. We also got good views down onto the front of the garages, with several drivers and team principals wandering past. Zak Brown, patiently waiting for the McLaren to be brought back on the truck of shame, was good photo material.

    #337757

    F1antics
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    Just to feed back after our trip, we had quite a long wait for a taxi from Montmelo station to the circuit, in the morning. There was some some spectacular queue jumping. Taxis do eventually turn up if you don’t have a booking, but you may have to wait a while. I’ll try to pre-book a cab next year.

    We tried to direct the driver to the “in4” car park which is where we’d have been allowed to park (if we’d been self-driving). He took us to the accreditation centre instead, which is where you collect the hospitality passes. As we already had our passes we didn’t need to go there, so I asked him to take us to the paddock and he knew immediately where to go. We were dropped off at the mini-roundabout just by the paddock and piso box entrance (between “in2” and “in3” on this map: http://f1destinations.com/tickets-spanish-f1-grand-prix/spanish-grand-prix-circuit-map/). This is also where we were directed at the end of the day, when we had an approx ten minutes wait for a cab. As we drove off we passed the “in4” car park up the hill from the mini roundabout; several taxis were parked there, so next year we’ll just walk up there instead of waiting at the roundabout.

    Taking the train to and from Montmelo was simple. We used a 10-strip 2-zone ticket that covered the four of us there and back, with 2 trips to spare. The train trip cost less than 2.50 euros each, return from central Barcelona. The taxis cost around 11 euros each way.

    It’s a great experience; I highly recommend it. We had around 25 minutes in the paddock, a bus tour of the circuit while the cars were on track, a pitwalk at lunchtime, and access to whatever parts of the circuit were open. The best views of the pit straight were from the roof of the hospitality building.

    Food and drink is included in the piso box entry price; it was pretty good and very plentiful.

    If you keep your eyes open you get to see a lot of familiar faces.

    The cars are louder this year than last. I needed earplugs towards the end of the day to prevent pain.

    #334663

    F1antics
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    Thanks EH, that’s very helpful.

    We’ve been able to wander through the paddock on both visits, and it’s been fascinating to see the technical goings-on as well as spotting lots of familiar faces. I’m looking forward to my first F1 fix for 2017.

    #328137

    F1antics
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    It’s worth it to me. When travelling, I’ve found myself in sports bars with no audio commentary, so I plug in headphones and listen to the commentary on the app (which btw is much better than UK’s Sky commentary).

    Apart from that I mainly use it for live timing, tyre usage (although I haven’t found where they show the weekend allocation/usage per driver, if at all) and the circuit map. The biggest time gap between the app and TV is when I watch on Sky using NowTV, but it’s easy to pause the live timing for a minute or so to synchronise. The lag to C4 is much smaller at around 3-4 seconds.

    It’s also really useful to be able to download a session to run alongside a TV recording, if I’ve missed live coverage.

    I wish it covered pre-season testing, for those of us that go to watch at the track.

    I’m not interested in more than this. I spend enough time watching all the live sessions and don’t need any added content. I might take a quick look at the championship standings but apart from that I keep an eye on twitter to see if there’s any breaking F1 news or gossip.

    It always seems like the app’s not going to be ready in time for each new race year, but it always makes it in time. And it’s pretty stable these days. As an experiment I’m purchasing it on a monthly basis this year, as and when required. I’ll add up what I’ve spent at the end of the year to see if it’s less than the annual subscription, but I don’t begrudge £20 for the whole year. I appreciate it might cost too much for some people, but unless the new management regime make sweeping changes it seems you don’t get much for free in F1 any more. I’m more concerned about the cost of TV coverage than the cost of the app, and I hope that the move from free-to-air to (poorer) PayTV backfires on the greedy owners.

    #315492

    F1antics
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    The app finally showed that my account was no longer active, and prompted me to subscribe again, so I renewed on the app not the website. I’ll report back after FP1 if I have any problems with my account on either platform.

    #315318

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    The app says my subscription is still active, 5 days after the purchase anniversary, but I got an email today thanking me for downloading and asking me to upgrade for £19.99 pa or £2.29 pm. I’m still really pissed off that I couldn’t use the 25% discount they offered late last year and wonder if I’ll always miss it if my subscription renews in March. I’m tempted to take out the monthly subscription and see if they offer a discount on the annual subscription later this year. It’s not much money in the scheme of things but it would be nice if they rewarded loyalty.

    #314908

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    Maybe the £19.99 was a one-off charge, rather than an annual charge??? I haven’t got a clue, but if that’s the case it might explain why I wasn’t able to take advantage of the 25% discount offer that they ran at the end of last year.

    Anyway, I purchased the app exactly a year ago today. The app still says my subscription is active, and I have access to everything on the F1 Access website. I’ll see if anything changes over the next few days.

    #313515

    F1antics
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    We were there on a non-Alonso day last week, so I can’t comment on crowds, but I agree with Colin (above) that it would be hard to imagine it ever getting crowded. It’s very quiet, with a few people scattered around each grandstand. It’s a great opportunity to work out the sightlines for different seats/grandstands or even for scoping out good places for general admission.

    Even without paddock access you can see familiar faces. Paddy Lowe wandered along the length of the pitlane, and Ted Kravitz seemed to be everywhere :) I had access to paddock passes via JDC (who have a pit box) and saw several drivers and team managers. It would have been easy to get into camera shot with so many interviews going on.

    The weather was glorious so there was plenty of running. The sound of the cars this year is loud enough to make conversation difficult, but I didn’t need earplugs.

    We stayed at the Mercure, just across the valley. Our room had a distant view of the circuit, and you could see and (with the windows open) hear the cars from there. We mainly saw McLaren and Renault team members at the hotel, but I was told there were more. They looked exhausted.

    Trains from the airport to Montmelo and Granollers run every half hour and cost around 4 euros for a single fare. There were plenty of taxis at Montmelo and I imagine a taxi to the circuit (based on the cost to our hotel) would cost less than 15 euros on test days.

    It is a wonderful experience, and a great opportunity to get back up to speed with F1 after the long winter break.

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