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GOING FOR A F1 RACE

PLANNING
A formula1 race is a must experience, If one gets a chance to see the  hair-raising, moves of the best drivers in the world, and the reactions of tens of thousands of F1 fans one must  plan carefully in advance. 
These will include , an important consideration because some circuits are far from major centres and difficult to reach. Getting to the site may seem a minor consideration going into race weekend, but getting back to your hotel or making sure you get your flight home after the race will be a major importance. The 1st move is to prepare a budget that includes sufficient money for travel, tickets, souvenirs, meals and accommodation, as well as a mini-fund to cover contingencies and small emergencies. 

TRAVEL AGENTS

1) Travel agents offer special packages approved by the FIA.
These include air or other travel, accommodations and ground transportation to the site.
2) Bear in mind that the most expensive tickets are not necessarily those providing you with the best view. 

GRAND PRIX SEATINGS

1) The seats located in front of the start/finish line allow you to watch the frantic work performed in the pit lane. 
2) Seats located nearby a corner or in front of a hard braking zone will provide you with a superb view of the cars driven to their limits. 3) Sitting in the lower rows will bring you closer to the cars while sitting high will give you a wider view of the action.
4) Giant TV screens are installed around the Grand Prix circuit. If you want to watch the action on other parts of the circuit or in watching replays of the action, find a seat located near one of the screens. 

ACCESSORIES

1) Water.
2) Earplugs or special earphones. 
3) Binoculars 
4) Camera if you want a piece of the action or update your webpage.
5) A Radio is one of the most efficient ways to keep in touch with the latest news at trackside. 

PARTICIPATING 
Although we cant be Schumacher or Hakkinen every spectator at Grand Prix races often participates in a race in their own way. With race programme in hand, quickly try to identify each competitor not by the race number on the car, but by the driver's helmet. Keep in mind that each team usually runs two identical cars at high speed, so driver helmets are your best point of reference. When a car exits a corner, the regular changes in engine sound indicate when the driver is changing gears. If you sit in front of a braking zone, look carefully and locate where each driver lifts his right foot from the throttle and starts applying the brakes. The large, white braking boards, numbered 200, 100 and 50, and the marshal posts are useful points of reference. When a driver is braking really hard, look carefully inside the wheels and you will see the carbon fibre disc brakes glowing orange. They are reaching temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The fastest drivers are capable of braking exceptionally late without losing control of their cars. 
The experienced Formula One spectator will trust his or her ears as much as eyes to acquire information during a race. When a car accelerates out of a corner, listen to the engine. A sudden rise in engine pitch signifies that the rear tyres have lost traction and started spinning. Wheel spin is extremely time consuming and must be avoided. Traction control devices are forbidden in Formula One so it is the driver's responsibility to avoid, if not to limit, wheel spin. Braking is also crucial in all road racing categories. Locking up the wheels under braking causes much damage to the tyres. When a tyre stops rotating while the car is still moving, it creates flat spots - the tyre is no longer perfectly round. Flat spots causes destructive vibrations and terrible handling problems, forcing the driver to slow down or even to pit for fresh tyres. 

Your own statistics 
Timing drivers is particularly satisfying for some fans, and gives them a sense of truly participating in a race. Official timing boards provide lap times for the entire circuit. You may time the cars throughout the section of the track that lies in front of you. Write down the names and the times, and compare them to the full lap times once the session is finished. The fastest drivers around the entire circuit may not be those who were the quickest throughout your section. During the race, you may also keep track of the gap that separates your favourite driver from his pursuer or from the competitor who is directly in front of him. Interval timing will instantly tell you if your driver is making progress or losing ground. 
Another very interesting task to perform during a Grand Prix is filling out a lap chart. Such a chart is often included in the race programme. A lap chart is designed to keep track of the position of every competitor. It is a large grid in which you write down the cars' numbers in their running order. The first column is for the opening lap of the race. The number of the leading car appears on top of the first column and is followed by the numbers of the following cars. You switch column every lap. A lap chart is a precious means of keeping track of the passing manoeuvres and of following a Grand Prix with great accuracy.