Attending the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
Formula One motor race held on the weekend of 23 - 26th August 2018 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium.
10 general observations and recommendations:
People with a 3 day ticket are allowed to attend the drivers autograph session on the Thursday. You will need to arrive early (approx 1pm) to get a decent spot at the autograph session. Those with children get pushed up the queue. There are no toilets available while queueing and the queue for drinks is often large. Some regulars are wise enough to bring supplies (often in a cooler box which doubles up as a chair.)
Buy the official parking beforehand. Ignore the (cheeky) attendants manning the farm fields who will tell you the official parking is full (it won't be.)
Don't bother hiring the official ‘F1 Vision’ handheld multimedia devices.
The track operates a token system rather than money. Chips (french fries) with mayonnaise is the local delicacy. With beer, and more beer.
If you’re easily offended at the sight of men peeing anywhere and everywhere, this isn’t the race for you.
Walk the entirety of the circuit during the Friday session, and gain access to the track itself immediately after the race on Sunday when the atmosphere is carnival-like.
My favourite locations to take photos are the arrows marked red. The tree-lined bank at turn 18 is an excellent place to enjoy qualifying.
A 300mm to 400mm camera lens is preferable.
We always stay in Maastricht, a fantastic city approx 45mins from the circuit.
The weather at the track changes very quickly. Bring a waterproof jacket, even if the sun is cracking the flags.