Does anyone have any tips on where to stay during race weekend? We're thinking of a two week holiday down that way, so perhaps Bandol to make it wife friendly for a two week stay, then keeping fingers crossed for public transport from there to the track? Any tips? I was too young back in 1990 to remember and I imagine things have changed a lot in the intervening years... Is Le Castellet itself worth a look?
Posted 29 July 2017 - 20:40
I'm thinking about it too
South-France is a very popular holiday destination in the summer months, so it could be crowded on the nearby beaches
I'd recommend Marseille because it isn't that far from Le Castellet, but Nice,Saint-Tropez,Cannes and even Monaco aren't really far either and are worth a visit if you're staying the in region
but also be aware that in the very same region in South-France there are often forest fires in the summer months
Posted 23 November 2017 - 10:18
Do we have any Provence residents here that might know how the grandstand setup will be for the GP.
The general structure is available here:
It sort of implies that only the start/finish and the Virage du Pont grandstands will be covered, but from a viewing point of view Sainte Baume or Le Beausset would be better.
My skin needs the cover though so I wonder if anyone closer to the site can confirm or deny the setup?
Posted 27 February 2018 - 21:08
Making a week af Castellet and surroundings for the whole family. Lot of nostalgia for me as I was at the last French GP (with out the kids). Cannot afford seated places for a family of 4 for the weekend, so it wlll be general admission for us.. will still love it!! Hoping for grand summer weather.
Posted 06 June 2018 - 10:35
Looks like we can expect organisational teething problems...
I'm heading out to Provence tomorrow for a month, still no ticket... Apparently it's an e-ticket so hopefully it will arrive when I'm over there.
There will be no car parking at the track. Busses were announced (literally two weeks ago!) from 6 local-ish towns (though not the one we're staying in...) which leave at 08:30 in the morning and cost €60 per person per day - considering we are living about 9 miles from the track there is no way we're paying that; I think we'll get a taxi which worked very well in the past elsewhere (e.g. Spa from Verviers where it was cheaper and faster for four people than the bus...).
I am braced for this year being a bit tricky logistically.
Posted 11 June 2018 - 08:23
It gets dumber and dumber. Liberty have just announced the F1 'festival' in Marseille to coincide with the Grand Prix. And it literally coincides with the first day of practice, guaranteeing no contemporary drivers can attend.
Still no ticket either...
Posted 15 June 2018 - 08:06
One week to go... still no ticket... at least they are now saying we don't need to print it (as I have no access to a printer in France and don't particularly wish to buy one...)
Posted 26 June 2018 - 16:26
Couldn't organise a root in a brothel .... much or europe is amazing but the disorganisation would drive me insane.
I went to Monza once and the main exit gate that led to the train station was about 10 feet wide. Seriously. Clueless.
Posted 27 June 2018 - 20:43
Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:29
Monza was far better organised than Ricard. Total **** show.
Posted 03 July 2018 - 21:26
Posted 04 July 2018 - 06:51
Take the "fantastic part of the world" piece away. Would you still go? Was the atmosphere good? Was the track great? Were the facilities up to standard or acceptable?
I really cant see myself ever visiting this track. It doesnt only look boring, it seems that you even need binoculars to see the cars. Or are your experiences totally different Tennis?
Posted 05 July 2018 - 23:04
A pretty cosmopolitan crowd too, no doubt due to the location making it attractive for holidays. Give it two years once the organisers have got it sorted and I think it will be fairly decent. You are a long way from the track when spectating which is quite annoying.
Many of the classics are not great for fairly simple reasons - trees destroying the line of site (hello Monza) or too long a lap (hello Spa) but they can still have a lot of atmosphere which Ricard will never have in the same way. But I am really glad I went. That’s 19 Grands Prix for me now, number 20 tomorrow... maybe Austria or Hungary next year for a quick weekend visit, not been to either.
Posted 06 July 2018 - 12:07
Fair enough. I still think Magny Cours would opt for a better race. Nowadays its even reachable since there is a motorway right next to it.
But then again, how you tell it about the South of France, the atmosphere, the people, the unique and unusual character and looks of the track make it somewhat an interesting choice to once see.
The classic tracks do offer for better spectating. At Spa it is impossible not to find a decent spot to view the race on a GA ticket. If you want to see the cars at full speed (Kemmel Straight), see many overtakes (Bus Stop), see the cars attack a corner (Pouhon), it doesnt matter because Spa offers it all on a GA ticket. That is fulfilling enough to accept the fact that you only see them 40 laps or so and dont get a honorary lap at the end. Even tho that last bit still is strange. And to be honest, I cant place your comment on Monza. Been there 4 times and havent had any trouble with trees in my line of sight.
Visiting no. 20 in how many years? Been to 32 since early 2000 myself. Have fun at Silverstone this weekend! Rooting for an exciting Grand Prix!