Don’t forget your tickets, wear comfortable shoes and check the weather forecast! Here’s our ultimate checklist for attending a Grand Prix with F1® Experiences.
Before you arrive at the race, we recommend carefully reading your On-site Guide for the event. We will send a link to this guide to all of our guests well in advance of the race weekend. This contains important information about your ticket shipping (or collection), hotels and transfers (if applicable) and other important information, such as how to get to the track and how to find your seating location. Save a copy to the home screen of your phone and you’ll be able to refer back at any point over the race weekend!
If you are travelling internationally for the race, we also recommend paying for an international roaming package or getting a local SIM card so that you will remain connected at the track. We also recommend downloading the “F1® Grand Prix” app to your smartphone. New for 2018, this official F1 app is free for iOS and Android and has been designed for fans going to the races. It has an interactive map, on-track timetable, information about trackside events and local travel information. You can also login to the official F1 app with your free access code from F1 Experiences to follow the on-track action. If you need to make your own way to the track, make sure you check the best route beforehand and have at least one map app (e.g. Google Maps) on your smartphone.
What to wear to the track?
Whilst the answer to this question depends on which Official Ticket Package you have chosen, the emphasis should always be on comfort! If you have one of our Fan Experience Packages, which includes a seat in a grandstand, you’ll be doing a fair amount of walking. Comfortable, worn-in shoes are a must.
Loose fitting clothes are also recommended, especially in hotter climes. Another good tip for hotter races is to bring along a fresh shirt to change into at some point during the day. We also recommend that Trophy and Hero Package guests make an effort to dress up a little for the activities on Friday night, especially the Paddock Club™ Party. Out of respect to participating teams and drivers, we also ask that you do not wear team gear to the Paddock Club Party or Insider Access to the F1® Paddock events on Friday evening.
If you’ve got access to our Champions Club or the Formula One Paddock Club™, you’ll need to make more of an effort to “look the part” than in a grandstand. Smart casual dress is recommended, which means long pants and a shirt or polo shirt for men and a dress, skirt or pants for women. Jogging suits, shorts and beach attire are not permitted in the Champions Club or Formula One Paddock Club.
Whatever package you have, don’t forget to check – and double check! – the weather forecast before you set off for the track each day and to dress accordingly.
What to bring (and what not to bring) to the circuit?
Here’s a list of things we recommend bringing to the circuit each day:
- Your tickets! It sounds obvious, but you won’t get very far without your tickets. If you are collecting your Official Ticket Package at the track, don’t forget to bring your ticket voucher and some photo ID. Once you are inside the circuit, the best place for your tickets is on your lanyard around your neck. We cannot replace lost tickets, so please keep track of them the whole weekend.
- You don’t want to go hungry or thirsty, or miss out on that important piece of team merchandise. Although circuits are slowly catching up to card payments, cash is still king and trackside bank machines often run out of money at peak times through the weekend.
- Your complimentary earplugs from F1® Experiences. Formula 1® engines are not as loud as they used to be, but some of the support racing categories can still be very loud, especially at full power on the straights.
- Additional power supply for your smart phone: whether you are recording videos, taking pictures or sharing social media updates, you will be using your phone battery up more quickly at the track. Take along an extra supply so you don’t miss out on that special photo!
- Depending on the weather forecast, the following items can also be lifesavers at the track: hat, sunglasses, sun cream, rain jacket or poncho, small umbrella, hiking or wellington boots, tissues and/or wet wipes. (Please be aware that some circuits do not permit fans to bring in larger, golf-style umbrellas.)
- Refillable, plastic water bottle. Glass bottles or other glass items are prohibited at almost all tracks, and most also don’t allow fans to bring in any alcohol.
Any other tips?
The following is a list of “nice to have” items that you may decide to also bring along to the track each day:
- Camera: many fans like to bring along a dedicated camera to capture the trackside action. You shouldn’t have a problem bringing along any lens below 300mm, but please be aware that most circuits prohibit fans from bringing in a tripod. Don’t forget an additional battery or auxiliary power supply. You may also want to bring an additional memory card; you’ll take more photos than you expect!
- Portable radio, with headphones. Almost all circuits broadcast the trackside commentary on AM or FM radio, so this can be a good way to keep up to date with the trackside action.
- Binoculars. Although the majority of our grandstands and hospitality packages offer big screen viewing, binoculars can still be very useful at the track for getting a closer look at the trackside action.
- Food and snacks. This is not necessary if you are in the Champions Club or Formula One Paddock Club™, but could be a lifesaver in the grandstands. The food offer varies wildly at racetracks around the world, so having a few snacks in your backpack is always a good idea.
- Marker pen for autographs. You never know when you will run into your favourite driver!
- Cushion for your grandstand seat. The level of comfort provided by grandstand seats varies wildly from track to track; a cushion will make your day much more comfortable!
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