Having visited a few other F1 tracks that are generally sterile and geared purely towards rinsing fans of as much cash as possible, the Chinese GP really bucks the trend.
The circuit is a good hour outside Shanghai though it is easily accessible by Subway, shuttle bus or taxi.
If you are getting the shuttle buses from the Football Stadium downtown leave plenty of time as I had difficulty finding the pick up spot, and when I did the last bus had left.
Taxi drivers will know where to go if you show them your ticket and the ride is about 100rmb.
The low crowd numbers make for a pretty low key atmosphere, but again as most tracks cram as many people as is uncomfortably possible into their grounds, it is nice to be able to access the facilities with a minimum of fuss and waiting.
The food and drink is your standard overpriced even fayre. However the best part is there are plenty of hawkers on the outside of the fence who will pass over a six pack of beer for about the same price that one costs from the official outlets.
Security brilliantly turn a blind eye to this - could you imagine this happening at Silverstone!
We were sat on the corner at the end of the start finish straight which gave a great view of the cars slowing down, but not too much overtaking.
After race there was a large Brauhaus type beer festival going on which was fantastic fun, and fortunately for us, plenty of taxis still around later on at night.
Great day out, will definitely return.
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