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The F1 Grand Prix essentials

Your essential insider tips for where to go and what to bring to the Formula One GP on 22-24 November 2013.

Get yourself set for the 2013 Formula 1 season's grand finale in São Paulo. If you're planning to buy tickets, take a look at our guide to the circuit grandstands, and then find out where to buy tickets. Note that each ticket is valid for the 3 days of the event, and students and teachers in the Brazilian state system as well as those over 60 years of age are eligible for half-price tickets in some of the grandstands. 

As the race day approaches, make sure you're prepared with our guide to what to bring. And finally, for more information about this year's F1, read our event guide

A guide to the circuit grandstands

Grandstand A

Located just before the final straight, this is a good spot to watch the start. You can also see the ‘Curva do Café’ where drivers jockey for position before going into the ‘Senna S.’ TV screens display the action at other points in the circuit. This is one of the longest grandstands, and runs alongside a good portion of the pit-lane, one of the longest pit-lanes of all Formula 1 circuits. R$695 (R$347.50 reductions).

Grandstand B

A covered, concrete grandstand, it has a view of all the cars on the starting grid. Food and refreshments are included in the ticket price, with sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt, water, juice, soda and beer available. R$2,630. (No disabled access).

Grandstand D

Located bang on the ‘Senna S’, this covered grandstand has a head-on view of the start as cars accelerate off the grid, and as they brake hard to go into the first bend of the ‘S’ – a classic overtaking spot. R$2,260 (R$1,130 reductions).

Grandstand E

This covered, tubular grandstand, at the end of the ‘Senna S’, has TV screens so that audiences can watch other points on the circuit, and keep track of lap times. The same food and refreshments as grandstand B are available and included in the ticket price. R$2,720.

Grandstand F

This small covered grandstand is right at the start of the ‘reta oposta’ – the straight just after the ‘Senna S’. It affords a great view of the cars in the pit lane, and their jockeying for position as they exit the pit back onto the circuit. R$1,350.

Grandstand G

As the grandstand with the cheapest tickets, G is a safe bet for the stand with the liveliest atmosphere. The lack of cover means no shelter from the sun or rain, but its location on the ‘reta oposta’ – the straight just after the ‘Senna S’ – has some good viewing spots: at one end you can see the cars that are first out of the ‘Senna S’ and the other end has a good view of the overtaking tussles in the middle of the circuit. R$525 (R$262.50 reductions).

Grandstand M

Right in front of the pits, this grandstand gets you up close to the adrenaline as the teams rush to get fresh tyres on in record time. The covered grandstand’s location at the start/finish line will give a privileged view of the checkered flag. R$1,450 (R$725 reductions).

Grandstand V

At the end of the ‘reta oposta’ – the straight opposite the start, shortly after the ‘Senna S’ – this grandstand offers the best view of the middle section of the circuit, where some of the most exciting parts of the race take place, particularly when it rains. The covered grandstand has the same food service as in grandstand B. R$1,990. 

Please note that as of 18/11/13, all tickets for the race are sold out.

Where to buy tickets

What to bring

When it’s time to refuel at the racetrack, a pitstop at one of the racetrack snack bars won’t come cheap, unless you’ve got tickets to one of the all-inclusive grandstands. Cans and bottles, whether plastic or glass, aren’t permitted, and neither are cool boxes.

You can’t use umbrellas at the racetrack, for obvious reasons. So with the weather being predictably unpredictable, don’t forget to bring a raincoat.

Sun cream
An essential, especially for those in grandstand G where there’s no shade. The Brazilian sun can make toast of light skin.

Be kind to your ear drums, particularly if you’re sitting in the grandstands where cars hit max speed – by the finish line and at the end of the straights.

You can take photographs during the practices and the race itself. You just can’t use them commercially afterwards. So don’t forget your camera, or to charge up the battery beforehand.

Gates open at 7am, but queues can start at dawn at the popular grandstands. Brazilians are good at queuing, so don’t even think about jumping the line.

By Time Out São Paulo editors


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