Out of all the things that people can watch nowadays, F1 seems to be the favorite for many. Watching football or any other sport is cool, but nothing beats the adrenaline that can be felt while attending a race.
However, as a person who wants to watch, there are some things that you need to know about before heading to your first race. If you want to make the most out of it, you’ll need to pack some of the things that we are going to list below.
According to many, going to your first F1 race is like hiking for the first time. You expect it to be amazing, and it will, but if you’re not well prepared, you won’t have the best experience. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
Book your tickets early
Just like with many different events that you can attend to nowadays, going to a Formula 1 event will turn out to be cheaper if you book your tickets early. Also, you should know that the tickets are different depending on how long you want to stay. There are some offering only one-day pass, while others cover up your attendance for the entire event. Logically, the second option will cost you more, but you’ll probably be able to save some money by booking them earlier.
As with all the other events, purchasing tickets at the door will be the most expensive option, so avoid doing that if you are on a budget.
Find a great place to stay
A lot of hotels and other places will offer accommodation during the days of the event, so you should have no trouble finding one. It makes a difference whether you’ll find a comfortable place or not because how rested you’ll be will have a huge impact over your entire experience.
You can try finding a place to stay through a company, or you can open up a website or an app such as Airbnb and find a listing there. Once again, if you want to enjoy the event without completely breaking your bank, try to find a listing as early as possible, because last-minute deals will cost quite a lot.
Something you should keep in mind is that camping is always an option and it’s something that a lot of people do during the European F1 season. You can do this in your camper van or by bringing a tent and never leaving the tracks. A great option for hardcore fans, and those who want to have a great time while saving some money.
Prepare your favorite merch
When you’re attending an event with so many hardcore fans, it’s a great feeling to be a part of them, and there isn’t a better way to show this than by “rocking” your favorite merch. If you don’t have anything purchased yet, you can always visit thegpbox.com and see what they have to offer. If you have the items you need to show support for your favorite team, then you’re good to go. What’s great about bringing your merchandise is that you’ll easily meet new people who cheer for the same person, so you’ll have a lot of new friends and people to hang out with during the entire event.
Bring sun protection cream
Now, this is something that a lot of people tend to forget about, but when the temperatures start going up on the scale, they easily get reminded of it by earning a few burns here and there. All jokes aside, the sun can be a huge problem at an F1 event, so especially if you are a pale person like me, bringing a tube of sun protection can be a real game-changer.
This will ensure that you can stay at the tracks for an entire day, and get the best viewing angles without worrying about getting sunburned. A low-cost investment with a lot of positive impacts, definitely essential.
Check the weather forecast
Something that’s heavily connected with the tip we wrote above, which was about bringing a tube of sun protection cream, but you’ll need to pack different things depending on the results from your research. Before heading out on your trip, you’ll need to make sure that you check the weather forecast just to know what kind of clothes to pack.
Usually, the organizers try to schedule the event in days when the weather is perfect, but we all know how unpredictable nature can be, so you cannot be mad at them if it suddenly starts raining. If you want to ensure that you have the best stay, you should pack your clothes according to what the weather forecast has to say, and a few reserve pieces for those “just in case” scenarios.
If the temperatures decide to suddenly drop, you don’t want to be caught there with just a t-shirt and some shorts, especially if you decide to go with the camping option that we mentioned earlier in the article.
Pack food to save money
During the event, you’ll be offered many different types of food, but if you are not used to eating that stuff, it is better that you pack something from home. As usual, the food that you’ll purchase at the F1 event is going to be more expensive than what you’re used to, and this is not a good thing if you are trying to save as much money as possible.
Even if you are not on a budget and you don’t care about spending some cash on a hotdog or a sandwich, you shouldn’t eat only one type of food, so prepare something “lighter” as well, and bring it with you in a lunchbox. A salad is always a great choice, because under the sun and when temperatures are high, you shouldn’t eat things that are hard to digest.
Depending on the event, you may or may not be allowed to enter with your food, so you’ll have to get informed about the policy before attempting something like this. You can always leave it at the hotel, however, so that’s a good thing.