If it's your first time at a Grand Prix, then the following pointers may be useful for the big day.
There are usually a number of different ways to reach the circuit, and each circuit will have its own rules and networks in place over the weekend. For specific circuit information check the 'Travel Advice' section, but the following can be considered:
Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that a very large number of people will be leaving after the race so please allow a generous amount of time for your exit.
Mother nature can be unforgiving, so always check the weather forecast before you set out each day. Some grandstands provide covers, but this is no guarantee of protection from the sun or rain so dress appropriately. In hot weather it's particularly important to bring hats, sunglasses, and sun cream for your protection. If it's raining, waterproofs are essential, and you can bring umbrellas but please be aware it's not practical (and sometimes forbidden) to put them up in a grandstand.
As well as dressing for the weather, wear clothing that is comfortable. You may end up doing a reasonable amount of walking over the weekend both getting to the circuit and within the grounds so an appropriate pair of shoes can be essential. Some hospitality areas have basic dress codes, but for most spectators, you're welcome to dress as you wish.
Every circuit offers food and drink, albeit often at higher prices. The food on offer varies greatly between circuits but generally is in the form of mobile catering vans. Most circuits don't have a problem with you bringing your own refreshments, but some are not keen on spectators bringing their own alcohol. Generally, if you intend to bring alcohol then try to avoid bringing glass bottles and only take what you need, but it does come down to circuit discretion on the day.
Many circuits actually prohibit the use of photography and video equipment as there are legal and copyright issues surrounding it. However, the reality is, if you attend an event, most people will have one or the other. Generally this doesn't seem to cause a problem if it's small personal equipment, but we have heard of rare incidents in the past when larger video cameras have been refused. Therefore, whilst we can't endorse either, we would recommend you avoid bringing larger, professional cameras.
If you're in a grandstand/hospitality then seating is reserved and not a problem. However, if you have a general admission ticket then some spectators like to bring their own seats and 'set up camp' for the day. If you haven't been to a circuit before then it's worth checking their policy; most are fine with this as long as the seating you bring is portable e.g. fold-up camping stools.
Ear plugs are a welcome extra for many spectators - motor racing is loud and the continuous roar of engines can be tough on the ears. Ticket lanyards with wallets are also useful for keeping your ticket safe around your neck and saves having to repeatedly take your ticket in and out of your pocket as you enter/exit security points.
Check out the 'Race Extras & Gifts' section of the shop under each race, which includes useful extras such as ear plugs, ticket lanyards, and FanVision to help make the race day even more enjoyable.