Both Colin and I enjoy the Formula One but to be honest neither of us knew until last year that you could go and watch the Formula One Pre Season Testing which has been held the last few years at the Circuit de Barcelona at Montmelo just north of Barcelona.
We had a look on the circuits website and was surprised to see how cheap the tickets were compared to race days. https://www.circuitcat.com/en/ A general admission ticket cost 22 euros each, which gave you access to one of the grandstands for the day. There were five different types of tickets that could be purchased. By the time we bought our tickets which was approx two weeks before we went some of the tickets had sold out! So we decided to purchase mid range tickets for 59 euros each which gave us access to two different grandstands-one opposite the pits and the VIP grandstand opposite the bends and access to a pit walk at lunch time.
Firstly, we had to find an easy way to get to the circuit. We would have to leave Lily in the motorhome for the day so we had two priorities – it needed to be secure and not too far away from the circuit. So our research began and this is what we found out:
- You can park your motorhome at the circuit near gate number 3 for free but the parking is not secure and we had read several comments on social media that there had been reported break ins so we felt this was not an option for us.
- You can get a bus from the centre of Barcelona to the track for 8 euros each (each way) which seemed expensive and we would have to still get into the centre of Barcelona. So again, we felt this wasn’t a great option.
- We found a motorhome storage facility that also allows you stay over. It cost 15 euros per night, had security cameras everywhere and the office is manned 24/7, it had all the facilities we needed – EHU, grey & black water disposal and fresh water too. The owners told us it was an easy 2 km walk to the circuit but we decided to get a taxi as we knew the day was going to involve a lot of walking anyway. Although this wasn’t the cheapest option, for us it was the best option. https://www.caravaningparkvalles.com/
The circuit opens on testing days at 8.30am but we didn’t arrive until 10.30am. Entry was pretty straight forward.
We showed our admission tickets and then once in the track area we went to the office and got issued our day passes.
We sat and watched the cars in one of the grandstands and we had pick of the seats!
At lunch time we had an excellent time getting up close to all the cars in the pit walk. This was the only time that it felt there was a lot of people present and everyone was fighting for the best spot to get a picture of the cars. The pit walk lasted 45 minutes which flew by but was a great experience that we would highly recommend.
After our pit walk we waited patiently to see Lewis Hamilton arrive for the afternoon session. After waiting nearly a hour he came out and signed some autographs and then made his way through to his car for the afternoon testing.
We went up onto the terrace area which is located just above the pits to watch the cars. Such an amazing experience!
Then we spotted Lewis Hamilton dad.
We left around 5pm and managed to flag a taxi down from right outside the circuit. The taxis weren’t cheap at 15 euros each way for a ten minute ride but by the end of the day we were exhausted so it was the best 15 euros we spent.
We both had a brilliant day and agreed it was one of the best days out we had had in a long time. The atmosphere is really relaxed and if you are a Formula one fan then its definitely a great experience.