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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:38

Why go?

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is considered by many as one of the four historic race tracks on the Formula 1 calendar along with Monaco, Silverstone and Monza. It is a real challenge to a driver's ability, making it one of the firm favourite amongst spectators.

(Picture: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team)

 

@BrettFosterF1 attended the 2011 event. Here are his thoughts and recommendations:

Spa-Francorchamps is a circuit with many great corners and having a General Admission ticket provided the chance to roam around and explore the different areas of the circuit. It was a value for money ticket and provided better views than some of the grandstands did!

I would suggest arriving around lunch time on the Wednesday before if you are camping. There is a pit lane walk held on Thursday which is well worth going to. This is only available to holders of the 3 day tickets and it is a great opportunity to meet drivers, team staff, and watch pit stop practices and demonstrations.

I watched the race from Pouhon and it provided great views. Be sure to get there early on race day as you will be perched on the side of a hill in many of the viewing places. Take a spade to dig your self in to the hillside too, as it tended to be very steep for chairs.

The weather was very changeable and could change from blue sky to storms and back in half and hour, with no exaggeration! Bring suitable clothing. I would recommend against taking umbrellas as once they go up, the fans behind get angry, understandably.

The food was very expensive. A hot-dog or burger cost 6 Euro's each and chips were 5 Euros. I went into the town of Spa, bought a baguette and filling and made myself lunches to keep the costs down. Each to their own though.

I stayed at a campsite less than a minute's walk from Les Combes entry to the circuit and it camping can be arranged through the official ticket website.

 

Ticket prices

All grandstands are sold out for the 2012 race weekend.

Bronze area (general admission):
- $170 / £110 / €130 Weekend ticket
- $150 / £100 / €120 Sunday ticket
- $35 / £20 / €25 Children aged 6-15 weekend or Sunday ticket

Image: Spa Grand Prix S.A.

 

Tickets: spagrandprix.com

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