The Official 2013 F1 Thread. Spoilers possible!

Discussion in 'Racing' started by g®eg, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    They're reporting slightly lower attendance than last year (maybe 10k fewer over the three days), but there were quite a few more GA tickets sold, which were limited to 35,000 last year. I was being offered expensive tickets left and right last week, either free or at less than half face value, but there were a lot of people outside the track trying to buy GA tickets yesterday morning. There were a lot of open seats in grandstands, but the hills around the track were pretty packed. I think fans are much more sensitive to ticket pricing than the organizers realize.


  2. California

    California Motorcyclist

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    I was there, sat in the grandstand at turn 15. great seats, the cars are visible for over 35 seconds of a 1:45 lap.

    Very well organized, beautiful facility, great, very international crowd. On the downside. parking is a problem, with the shuttles subject to the same traffic as everyone else.

    We parked on Sunday in a private lot, down near the main track entrance. The idea being that while everyone else is tied up in the jam trying to get out of the closer parking lots, we would walk the half mile to the car, climb in and blast out. It worked exactly as planned. we had no problems getting out. Remember, the farther in to the track you park, the more traffic you have to navigate to get out at the end of the day.

    We paid $100 for the ticket, each day, and while they were excellent seats, and the race was quite boring, next time, it's general admissionm, and wande around.

    The price of drinks and food was stunning. $4.50 for a bottle of water? WTF.

    The team merchandising booths were non stop busy, and the stuff is really cool, is obviously overpriced. Really? $50.00 for a baseball cap with logos?

    But, alll that having been said, I will be there again next year.
  3. California

    California Motorcyclist

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    oops, forgot to attach the pics...


    View from our seats towards turn 15

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    View towards turn 15, and on to turn 12 beyond.

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    The tower 4 minutes after qualifying ended...
    from our seats

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    One of the Caterham cars in turn 15

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    the zoomed-in view of turn 1, from our seats

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    The crowd in the marketplace, in front of the Red Bull Infiniti booth

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    The Ferrari booth

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    Oh, there are many more, but this is just to give you an idea...
  4. jgbnm

    jgbnm Been here awhile

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    I was in turn 12. Pretty good seats. The vintage F1 "race" and Ferrari races were more entertaining than F1. Hope Red Bull gets it wrong next year and doesn't run away with it. Would like to see better racing. Stupid hard tire choices and one stop didn't help.

    Was there last year and I'll probably come again next year although maybe Montreal might be fun instead.

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  5. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Montreal was a lot of fun....
    But I would say that in Montreal you want grandstands (not general admission).
    The grandstands are nice, but the other places to watch the race are limited.

    Unlike say Moto GP at Indy or SBK when it was at Miller. Those two venues its almost better to wander.
    Still, I'd like to do Austin one day (and Spa... and Japan... and Australia...)
    PowerBall why do you mock me?????
  6. jgbnm

    jgbnm Been here awhile

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    I hear ya. I have the wife on board to travel to some races I think... No idea how I did it...

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  7. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    animated proposed changes to the Formula from 2013 to 2014
    pretty interesting.

    LINK

    looks like the driver gets a bit more normal seating position

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  8. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Everyone thinks Seb's listening to his iPod but really Rocky is relaying optimum baggage carousel strategy.

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  9. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Look like great seats, California. :thumb Not often you get to see that much of a road course.
  10. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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    We had seats high up toward the apex of turn 1 at the top of the hill - from there you can see about 1/2 of the track. It is a really nice track for viewing from the stands. In Montreal, we could see a lot less of the racing from the stands.
  11. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    The RedBull swag trailer was Double the size of Ferrari's.
  12. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Wow, that's great, you get a passing zone and a huge chunk of track.
  13. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    last race of the year....
    and the testing goes on

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    I don't think I am really sad the season is over...
    hopefully next year is more interesting.
  14. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    OK tire warmers? yup....
    brake warmers?

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    interesting.....
  15. Rajin Cajun

    Rajin Cajun Been here awhile

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    Something to help build heat due to the wet conditions? :dunno Good question tho, i'm curious.
  16. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    general consensus: regulating temperatures / bringing them up to operating temp / window
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Force India w/ a different approach

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  18. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Agreed.
  19. WildAnCrazymtl

    WildAnCrazymtl Political Prisonor

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    It is important to live in the moment and to try an enjoy the present, you never know what the futur will bring. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst...

    Next year could bring a car that is 2 seconds faster than the rest of the field! :D
  20. Codewheeney

    Codewheeney Hoopy Frood

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    Said everyone in the paddock except Vettel.