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#1 dbltop

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Posted 07 October 2021 - 06:01

I am considering coming from Canada to England next summer to attend the FOS and British GP. I have never been to either and would like to hear opinions on where at the track are the best spots to spectate from.



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#2 TennisUK

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Posted 12 October 2021 - 02:23

Silverstone is a good venue these days and very well organised.

Are you intending to go for a grand stand ticket of general admission?

#3 dbltop

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Posted 13 October 2021 - 05:41

Definitely grandstand for both days, different ones each day if that's possible.



#4 Ivanhoe

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Posted 14 October 2021 - 09:26

 

Definitely grandstand for both days, different ones each day if that's possible.

IIRC you can pick any Grand Stand seat on Friday and Saturday if you buy Grand Stand tickets for the weekend.



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Posted 19 October 2021 - 10:53

IIRC you can pick any Grand Stand seat on Friday and Saturday if you buy Grand Stand tickets for the weekend.

This is correct - with the exception of a few of the "premium" grandstands, which you can't "rove" into. But it does mean you can go round a lot of the circuit.

 

In terms of viewing spots, I would recommend:

 

1. Becketts (my favourite) - get to see a very good % of the circuit from here. You can watch them come out of T1/in to T2 and through the loop section, where there are a good couple of overtaking spots. Then watch them go down Wellington Straight and (if you're in the top right sort of section (looking at the stand from the circuit)) see overtaking in to Brooklands. You then lose them briefly whilst they do the old infield section through to Copse, before they come round and you watch them through the excellent Becketts complex. You can then see them down Hanger straight and see the start of any overtaking moves in to Stowe (there are big screens opposite and the slight time delay means you can switch your view from the track to the screens and see the full overtaking move there). Also a covered grandstand, in case of British weather. Downside is that a lot of the off track stuff takes place over the other side of the circuit - so it's a trek after the on circuit action to the concerts, you're probably not getting to the poduim in time, and it's a decent walk to the entrance/exit*.

 

2. Village - similar to Becketts in terms of what you can see, as you're at the "pinch point" where the two sides of the circuit come together. Less is visible, though, as you can't see Wellington and as much of Hanger. Closer to the main entrance/exit and off circuit action, and potential (if you jog) to make the podium. Enjoyed sitting here the 2 times I did.

 

3. Club - never sat here, but seems to have a great atmosphere and where a lot of the hardcore fans (particularly Lewis fans) hang out if that's what you're after. Also close to the off track action, and of course you're guaranteed to get the podium.

 

When roving on a Friday I've sat in most of the stands and I would always go for one of the above options I think.

 

*one option to mention is Club Silverstone, if you're interested in semi-hospitality. It's a bit more expensive than regular Becketts seats, but you get: 1. car parking right next to the circuit and, importantly, at the back of the circuit - so you can go back roads routes and miss most of the Silverstone traffic, 2. a reserved seating area, with enough seating for all and shade, 3. your own bar and food stalls, with generally smaller queues than the regular ones. I've done it a couple of times and enjoyed it.



#6 TomNokoe

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 10:24

I'm looking at the reverse journey and have noticed that it's cheaper to fly into Paris and then connect via Eurostar instead of flying straight to London, if you are budget conscious :)