Going to the Shanghai GP April 2013
Getting tickets was no problem. I waited until I was in Shanghai and ordered them through the hotel on the Wednesday before the first free practice on the Friday. Cost 50p to be couriered to the hotel that same day. Tickets were still being sold up to and including race day and there were obvious gaps in all stands, so not sold out.
Getting to the track was really easy. Subway Line 11 has a stop at the Shanghai Circuit and this is 2 minutes walk to the main Grandstand. No real crush on Friday\Sat or Sunday but I was at the track by 11:00 on race day.
Leaving the track was also easy. I was in stand H and there was another subway stop about a 20 minute walk away (Baiyin Rd) so I used that. No crowds at all and I was downtown in less than 1hr.
Subway fare is 7RMB (70p ) each way. I bought a three day subway pass (45Rmb) to avoid queues, though there were none.
Entrance to the track on Friday was open at 09:00 and you could access all areas except fro the premium Grandstand part.
Saturday was slightly different with people checking tickets to the Grandstand entrances. That said I still managed to get to the main Grandstand and Grandstand B1 as the people weren't too hot on checking tickets. Though this was early in the day at about 09:00 again. Sunday was a definite no, though
Exiting after Saturdays qualifiers was a farce. We all had to line up at the exit whilst ONE official checked tickets on the way OUT!
Supposedly this was to check for fraudulent tickets, however just outside the exit were scum trying to buy my ticket for Sunday.
I did see a few scum buying tickets but not that many TBHO.
Similarly on race day there were scum selling tickets, but again not that many.
Grandstand higher up gives an almost total view of the track, but is not near the action on the straight. This was £250 for the three days Stand B1 is good as it has the exit to the pit lane, the first three corners (overtaking was rife there) and the start\finish line in the distance.
Stand H section 9 is the 14th corner where the cars have decelerated from 250mph to about 60mph so plenty of overtaking, tremendous noise and some incidents here. Cost £118 for the three days.
Once in the stand most people seemed to wander about and stand at railings so do not be too concerned if your seat is naff, just walk to somewhere else.
No commentary in this stand though and the TV screens didn't quite make up for this.
Seemed to be plenty around and all were clean with a mixture of western and "Squat"
Official Merchandise was at the usual stupid prices (£40 for a T shirt) but there were hawkers in the stand selling caps, flags for a few Rmb. Only seems to have Red Bull, Ferrari and maybe Williams stuff though.
Food tents in the "village" were not too bad price for the usual burger and drinks. We took Subway sarnies from downtown.
Overall a good venue with easy access and decent standing areas. Not too crowded and reasonable ticket prices.
With the new rules on 72hrs Visa free visits this may be a possible long weekend trip.
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