SPANISH FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX
Below you will find reviews, ratings, and tips on the circuit from other race fans.
I took my wife (an ardent F1 fan) for a birthday treat and thoroughly enjoyed it myself. We had the 3 day pass booked which also gave access to the pit walk on the Thursday. The Thursday did not have the special transport laid on and so we got the train to Montmelo - this was very straightforward. The walk from the station to the track is quite lenghty and tiring in the heat; about half way there we came across a Sagales bus which went the rest of the way.
For the other 3 days we used the Sagales bus service from the the main bus station (near the Arc de Triompf) which dropped us off a few hundred yards from Gate 4, which was ideal for Stand K. Be aware that when buying your tickets from the station that they accept cash only. The service was very slickly run and even after the race on Sunday when there were literally thousands of people using the service, the queue continued moving quickly and there was not much of a wait.
We sat in Stand K which gave excellent views of the end of the starting straight and the first 3 corners - the cars then came into view about 15 seconds later for another 2 corners. The TV screens were not particularly visible - the nearest one to Stand K was, for some reason, much smaller than other ones.
When at the track make sure you have sun screen and some bottled water (which they did let you take in, including the caps). If you want beer at the track then it is all alcohol free once inside, and is expensive. I would also advise that you take a sandwich or snack as the catering at the event is very busy and not too good. Outside of the track there are places selling food and beer with sheltered tables.
I would definitely go again and Barcelona is a beautiful city to visit.
Ordered tickets through BookF1.com, (bit dubious as you never know, but I checked with a colleague who'd used them in the past). BookF1 were spot on! Booked really early and got discounted price and they emailed with updates as time went by. Tickets arrived early with no issues.
As for the races.. it was great. We'd got general admission tickets for the 3 days. Friday just wandered about and sat where ever we liked, once I remembered that's what you could do so had a different viewpoint for each of the practices. It is a long way to walk round so wear comfortable shoes. We bought some memorabilia, there are stalls dotted about all over and contemplated the best position to sit for Sundays race.
Saturday was much the same but busier, except you can only sit in designated areas not seats.
Friday and Saturday we didn't rush to get to the track but were there at the start. Didn't have queues at the gates to get in on any day but that could just have been timing. Having read peoples reviews before hand on the Sunday we decided to get there early. As staying about an hours drive away set off at 7.00am ish just incase there was a lot of traffic. The roads around Catalunya Track are well supervised and signposted and with the help of tom-tom had no problem getting to our allocated parking. In fact we were one of the first in our parking field. Exiting after the event was just as easy. We left about an hour after the race ended so many had already gone but there was still plenty of people milling around on the track. No problems getting out of the carpark and getting back onto the motorway was really easy and there was no queuing at all which I was very surprised at but as Ive said, very organised!!! Only took an hour to get back to Blanes.
Sundays race was exciting and the general areas were packed, we were on the bank from 8.30am and by 10 you couldn't see the grass! We took a towel each to sit on as grass wet and it also gave us a little space of our own, I would recommend if you want a particular spot get there early and don't move!!
Over the whole weekend only had to queue for WC once, after morning race on the Sunday, and the mens was longer than womens!!! Drinks/food are expensive as we found out on the Friday so brought our own in for next couple of days. Bags are searched when you enter but we had no problems only had sandwiches and couple bottles of water/coke each in plastic containers. Bring suncream and an umbrella it did rain over the weekend but it also got hot and lots of people used the umbrella as shade.
Overall- loved it want to go again :)
Great time was had. Flew to Barcelona, picked up hire car, stayed in Santa Susanna on the coast. Don't do it any other way, never mind all that time wasting public transport rubbish. Hire car was £70 for the week, hotel £300 for 2 for the week. We had a beach holiday, saw the best of Barcelona and had 3 trips to the GP. 3 day ticket gave us the pit lane walk on Thursday which gave me some great pics. Went for Qualify on Sat, with a car went late parked just outside the grandstand nobody around all inside. I paid the £12 for Sun car parking so spent 10 mins on checking things out. Race day, don't go at the crack of dawn because it is very well organised. Signes on the motorway, police at all the intersections, straight to a car parking spot, 10 mins and in the circuit. Worth paying the parking money because they take over he industrial estate around the circuit and you park safely on Tarmac roads.it all becomes one way on the way home and you are straight onto the motorway again. Our seats were very high in stand j. Good tv screen,see the pits and all of pit exit + other parts of the circuit. Couldn't be better. U tube stand J and someone has put a good vid up from2012 which shows you really well. No bottles or cans allowed in the circuit. But plastic bottles are fine, and you keep the lids. No beer. Only take the tops off stuff bought in the circuit. Really nice food available behind stand j on race day . Reasonable prices, coffee, tables in among the shade trees. Great time to be had by all. Don't listen to the moaners!!
We were pleasantly surprised with our experience of getting to & from the race track, and the race itself. "bookF1" did a great job presenting accurate information to make the experience easy. Coming from a different country and not knowing the area makes buying tickets and planning transportation overwhelming. We bought the tickets and the bus pass from "bookF1". We walked to the bus station from our Barcelona hotel. We followed the crowd and went straight to the buses taking us to the track. We boarded right away as the buses were loaded quickly. We were dropped off very close to the track (basically on the property of the track). After the race we went back to where we were dropped off. The staff was very good to point the crowd in the right direction. The bus line was extremely long. We were dreading a very long wait time to board the bus. I timed the wait. It was only 15 minutes! And the traffic was directed to make sure there were no problems. We were back in Barcelona in 30 minutes. This was the most organized race for traffic. The track did not sell alcohol, nor allow it to be brought in. Rumors were that the track lost their alcohol license. There was a lot of food choices. The stands were very dated, but were pretty comfortable. (Hard plastic chairs, very close together ). There was never a long line for restrooms.