CHINESE FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
Below you will find reviews, ratings, and tips on the circuit from other race fans.
Travelling from the UK, Shanghai is not the cheapest or easiest GP to reach, but it's a very reqarding experience. Shanghai itself is a fantastic city and well worth a few days of your time - easy to navigate, relatively cheap (except for a beer) and generally safe, there's plenty to see and do.
I missed Friday practice, so only travelled to the circuit for 2 days, but it's so easy to get to. From my hotel it took about 45mins travelling on the metro and cost about 70p each way. From the station, the circuit is a very short walking distance and despite warnings about the crowds, I didn't find it overly busy on race day either going or returning.
Facilites at the circuit are decent and although the food wasn't anything special, it was reasonable enough in price and a drink didn't break the bank. No long queues getting in, plenty of toilets, lots of stalls and merchandise.
Tickets are the real bargain, though. £130 - Main Grandstand A high. I was toward the left with a great view of the pit exit and the full series of bends at the end of the main straight. It also offered good views across the rest of the circuit. People have complained about Chinese sitting in their seats and I did find someone in mine on qualifying day, but they moved along with no hassle. I did find it necessary to stand for most of the qualifying and race if I really wanted to see because a lot of people stand (not just the Chinese) at the barrier at the front of each level (I did too for a while) and my seat was only row 2. The higher seats had no issues with this. The security guards made a vague attempt to move people along but gave in pretty quickly. But, it's a sporting event and I have no problem standing for a while.
If I get the chance, I would love to go to this event again - my whole experience of Shanghai and it's GP was wonderful.
BookF1 got me 2 excellent tickets on the back row of Grandstand K. Had an excellent view of the majority of the circuit, especially the DRS straight, hairpin and pit-lane entrance. In fact, the only section I couldn't see from this vantage point was the start grid!... It was a breezy and rainy weekend, and the higher seat was a little exposed. So recommend warm/waterproof clothing and umbrella.
There are 2 video screens at this grandstand, but no commentary.
We had a problem with very rude Chinese people standing in the narrow walkway that ran behind our seats, using it as a vantage point to take photos; so that every time we turned around there was some dude's crotch in our face. One guy even had the cheek to ask me to sit down, which provoked a suitable reply! We eventually moved them on by standing up and blocking their view or strategically placed elbows.
The circuit allows you to take your own drinks; But they must be in plastic bottles and not cans (which they will confiscate), and they will ask you to take a sip for security reasons. Food stalls at the grandstand are perfectly adequate (hotdogs,burgers,crisps etc). There is no after-race concert. Taxis are impossible to get. There are no buses laid on. Take the metro, which has a station at the circuit.
I had the most amazing weekend at the Shanghai Pirelli Grand Prix 2016!!! Went on both the Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday, I got a taxi to the circuit with 3 friends, took just under an hour from central Shanghai (we came from French concession area) and it cost us 150yuan (not too bad split between the 4 of us - £15.00). Atmosphere was great, quite busy. Had a great view of the race - it rained loads but luckily was undercover with A+ HIGH tickets. Then took metro back to city centre which cost 6yuan (60p) - defo recommend getting to the circuit by metro - you save lots!
On the Sunday - race day - the metro was packed - we left 1 hour advance which gave us enough time to get there before the parade - amazing atmosphere - A LOT BUSIER - not a lot of Chinese attend the events on the Friday/Saturday, so Sunday is a shock! Everything is well organised, entry/security checks, lots of toilets available, there were not any big queues for drinks/foods. The day itself was incredible - one of the best experiences ever - with A+ High tickets you can see pretty much the whole circuit, I had friends on the A Low, they told me even though they were closer to the cars, and had a better view of the teams as they were preparing the cars, they actually would have preferred to have a view of the whole track. Getting onto the metro after the race was very well organised by all the Chinese police, security, etc. If you leave quickly and follow the crowds it can take you 10 minutes (from grandstand). If you're on the grass, it takes a little longer to get back and then the queues are massive and it may take you a good 40 minutes to get onto the metro - but they have a well organised queuing system so no-one gets trampled on! All in all, an amazing weekend!!!!
Also, I purchased my tickets whilst in England, then moved to China to study. The service from bookf1 was incredible, I was always in contact with them, and my tickets were delivered safely by DHL!! Would recommend buying here 100% :)