To the fans of Formula 1 you do not need to explain why it is an unforgettable experience to watch the race live. For those of you, who are not raised with Formula 1, don’t know about the latest engine designs and don’t spend every second Sunday in front of the TV, now it is your chance to be a part of the atmosphere of the race in Italy in 2014. For all of the fans – be there before, during and after the race!
What can you expect when you are going for your first live Formula 1 race?
Thousands of people
After all many people are actually raised with this sport, so it is quite normal that there is a huge crowd. Every tribune, road, path and even every millimeter of the end of the track is full with hundreds of people! The safety barriers along the track cannot hold them! If you can afford it, you can invest 2-3K € to get into the VIP lodge. however, do not think this means you will be alone there. There are so many fans!
Getting there is slow
Let’s say your accommodation is in Milan – pretty close to Monza. You have a choice to make about how to get to some of the two stations – the main one or Garibaldi. After that you catch a train to Monza. From there you take one of the organized buses. Getting on the bus is not an easy task though. The underpass from the platform to the entrance of the station is crowded! If you suffer from claustrophobia you can ask a police officer to help you get through. But is that really faster? The silver lining is that while you are waiting on the queue some nice ladies sell you a ticket for the bus.
The bus (more like a shuttle) takes off slowly like it is full of potatoes. It makes a special tour in the city on its way to the park. The potatoes are not really happy about this. They have come for something entirely different, but there is nothing they can do about it. It is the bus itinerary. The best part comes in the end of this journey. You leave the bus in the park and then you start walking. You try to follow the signs for the long-desired track. Signs – check, greenery – beautiful, chemical toilets – we are all just humans after all. But what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger (if you have not choked or crushed so far). We walked for 3 kilometers to get to our sector.
Now is the time when somebody would ask: “Why not go with a car? It might be easier.”. What I saw were endless queues of cars. They were all waiting for the traffic controller to stop the endless crowd of pedestrians. Also, when you are by car you might get stressed by the many parking lots and the rules of where you can and cannot pass. It was full of confused drivers, people driving where they shouldn’t be, etc.
So, is there a nice, calm way to get to the track in Monza? We haven’t found it yet, but we will not give up. If somebody knows this secret, please share it!
The earplugs are too much. The races from GP 2 or 3 are really loud. The many cars and the strong engines can tease your ears. This races are something like a rest for the real Formula 1 fans. This is the time to eat, sleep, take a walk, to buy a T-shirt of your favorite team. Those with softer ears can buy earplugs from one of the many merchants of plugs and tickets.
We cannot say if the tickets are real. One is for sure – in the morning and until noon they are selling tickets and in the afternoon until nighttime they are buying. This is the routine for a street merchant in Monza. Let’s not forget that the best way to salute your favorite pilot is to get on your feet, dance and scream their name a little bit before he passes you with 300 km/h.
What should you carry?
Only the most important things. I doubt you would like to carry many things. There were people with suitcases. Others came just with their tickets on their necks. Other than that – you should take as much food and drinks as you can. Toilet paper, too. The chemical toilets quickly end up without that. If you really want to feel the festive atmosphere you have panini, pizzas, baguettes, bagels, sandwiches and so much more to choose from. Also, some cold beer. But every one of this delight will cost you about 5 euro (7 in the day of the race). The most important thing is to take your good mood with you.
You just had a not-so-great journey to the track with hundreds of people (some of them clearly mad). However, you forget all about that as soon as the first car speeds by you. Nothing can compare to that. You feel like you are right there on the track. The hairs on your neck stand on and you are ready to jump up and run, just so you can see what this thing that can do that is!
If you’re in the area of Monza and there’s no current race, you can always try driving a Ferrari on the circuit!
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