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.
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.
2) Earplugs or special earphones.
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.
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.