The Wheelchair Podium is located next to the Gold 7 grandstand.
02 set 2019
- arrived at 11:30am - no free space at Disabled Parking P15 - next Parking up the hill on a lawn with earth ways - not good at all for wheelchairs - cars at P15 were parked reckless and not orderly - if someone would have controlled this during parking, a lot more cars would have had the possibilitiy to get a parking space - or: obviously there were more tickets sold for P15 than space available - absolutely No Go! - the disabled stand was also way to full - no space for wheelchairs, no free chair, too many people with no handicap! - obviously there was nobody responsible to look at a orderly lineup as well as nobody checked the tickets
28 ago 2018
As always Bookf1 took good care of my bookings. Being disabled Bookf1 every year tells me to have no worries. And that is what it is. Parking ticket af P15, means getting out of the car and straight ahaed to the stand for people with wheelchair, 100 meters from the car. Perfect bookf1 ! But I have worries. To the count of the GP Belgium organisation. (Overcrowded) Stand for disabled. Special on saterday and even more on sunday. Every year. This year it was realy bad on sunday. With countles non-disabled (non-wheelchair) people on the stand. Sometimes blocking the sight of the people in wheelchairs. Organisation has to stick on the principle of 1 assistent to 1 wheelchair or has to reduce the number of entrance tickets for the stand. One solution probably the best: Build a larger stand. One last note: It must be possible to create a passable path from the parking to the stand. It can't be that expensive to create a path with wooden plates or something else....
21 set 2016
Although we had a fantastic day, it was spoilt by no supervision on the podium. There were families with brollies/parasols with only 1 disabled person in their group which meant many of us either couldn't get on the podium or was so far back visibility was terrible with the obstuctions or not getting to the front, which in my opinion was only the place you could see. The toilet went down a slope so when coming off the gravel you basically slide to the back of the cubical. I feel it would be much better if the podium had tiers least everyone has the same view should you arrive later than others
Chris and Barabara Barraclough (email@example.com)
03 set 2016
Firstly we arrived in the correct car park P15 for disabled and discovered this was full of VIP cars, we showed our letter advising us to go to gold 7 then onto the viewing platform. The security/marshals sent us down a large and long hill down to the F1 village as we found out later no way near where we were supposed to be. We asked again where to go and was directed under the circuit via a tunnel, we asked again and we were told again more hills. By this time we had enough and turned to go back. We struggled to get back stopping every thirty yards or so so my husband could get his breath back, we eventually got back to the car turned around and saw gold 7 entrance so my husband enquired and it turned out to be the correct place. So we new where to go on race day, we turned up on race day full of confidence and we were turned away to be told by security that too many tickets had been sold and there was no room for us on the podium so we did not see anything. £1000.00 + completely wasted. I complained but we got no where, we were told it was unsafe. The paths were atrocious large stones and gravel being the problem, this was going to be a good experience but its turned into a disaster.
01 set 2016
Great circuit and traffic management. Need more space on wheelchair podium there were people being turned away due to lack of space. We had problems getting back on when we left for a short while until the people who were next to us intervened on our behalf we were then let back on.
Ian Mccaskie and Gillian Mccaskie
30 ago 2016
The disabled area was the only one not covered and open to the elements. It was not controlled and people in wheel chairs were cramped in like Sardines. It was a major safety issue. Even for myself as able bodied it was difficult to see anything and I couldn’t even get next to my wife. We may as well have gone on our own. The disabled toilets were not even level they were filthy and open to anyone. Sad part is there was no alternative. I must stress the attendants and prevention staff did an exceptional job of trying to help. One young lady was so upset she was in tears. My wife is paralysed from the waist and cannot walk. We manage any where we go but I have to say this one challenged us to the limit.
29 ago 2016
The wheelchair stand is in a good location, opposite the first hairpin bend. Ticket prices are also reduced - but not free as at many such events. However being an open stand is particularly difficult for disabled people, exposing them to the weather. Also i am not sure that ticket sales reflected the capacity of the stand, as there did not seem to be room for all the wheelchairs to be in the front row (wheelchair users tend not to be able to stand up or perch on rails). There were only two disabled toilets by the stand, which were often occupied by people with no need for the extra space. They were also at fairly steep angles, again a real problem for disabled people (my son was unable to use them).
29 ago 2016
I had a magnificient weekend. The atmosphere was wonderful and also the view for 2 of the 3 days. At racing day, I sat behind two rows of wheelchairs and carers with a parasol and umbrella, necessary because of the temperature and sun. When you are in a wheelchair, you can not chose to step aside, bent or reach up. Why not a form of general roof or cover so people can watch the race or better a longer podium. Clearly more tickets were sold then there was space for: some disabled with legaly bought tickets were refused because lack of space on the podium! I felt sorry for those people and felt disgusted. They had to look the race from behind the wall and fence. At a sudden moment on saturday, the two toilets for app. 1000 visitors broke so people went to use the disabled dixies: temperature over 40 degrees, no water to clean your hands or waste deposal fascility. To buy some food took more then one hour. To buy any water at the same time was not possible. To reach the parking p1 by car was easy, superb! To get from p1 to wheelchair podium took over 3/4 of an hour because of opposite traffic and steep clines with people just standing to look at the curcuit. Conclusion: Spa-Francorchamps is an amazing circuit, the service of F1.com is superb, but the facilities for disabled and their carers are not human and a disgrace to a civilized country like Belgium is. I am sorry I must say so because I use to be a postive and optimistic person.
29 ago 2016
The most pleasent feature at Spa is to have the disabled parking within just a 100-150 mtrs from the wheelchair podium. Also the position of the podium this near to the circuit is a real luxury. But the struggle to wheel from parking to the tribune through (dirt)gravel instead of a desent (duckboards, asphalt) underground and the lack of a descent disabled-toilet is a real problem. In my opinion both problems can be solved with just little efforts a low costs. Comparing to last years GP (2015) this year disabled (wheelchair) visitors doubled or more (i guess). Especialy on sunday. Late arrivals where refused acces to the podium because there was no room anymore. A solution to this problem is absolutely necessary. Seemes to me there's are only two possabilities: a) numberd equal places and regarding tickets. This could mean lesser tickets for the happy few. b) Bigger podium. Last comment: It would be great for disabled to have a choice to select from places arround the circuit (like near au rouge). This possably means more (smaller) podiums and also more commitment from the organisation to facilitate this. But, this would increase my rating up to a 5 star rating.
30 ago 2015
Fantastic view from the wheelchair podium at la Source, but very busy so get there early to book your place. No shelter from rain or sun so go prepared. Make sure you have a car park 15 ticket if driving. Don't follow the disabled parking signs as they take you to the wrong car park, a steep hill away from the wheelchair area.
28 ago 2015
We read other reviews prior to departure from the UK but there was very little information for wheelchair users; so I have written a full review for Book F1 with photos. Points to note: 1. Ignore your Satnav and just put in E42 Exit 10. 2. At 0800 on Friday and Thursday access took 20-25 mins from the motorway and 15 mins to get out - brilliant. On the Sunday at 0700 it took 30 mins to get to our car park (P15 at Gold 8/Wheelchair Podium entrance). ENSURE YOU HAVE BLUE MINI DISABLED STICKERS ON YOUR ENTRY TICKETS OR YOU WILL NOT GET INTO THE DISABLED CAR PARK NOR BE ALLOWED ON THE WHEELCHAIR PODIUM. Leaving early on the practice days meant we were on the motorway in under 15 mins - again, ignore the Satnav as you have no options. On the Sunday, leaving after the race it took 30 mins to the motorway but after that and some 10 miles from the track, the local police sent us on an absurd and apparently unnecessary 20 mile cross-country detour. Arrive and leave later will inevitably result in far longer times, but it appeared well organised to me. 3. On our first day we were sent to the wrong car park due to missing blue badge stickers. On entering the track from the wrong car park, the stewards had no idea where the correct disabled parking and podium was. Disgraceful and hence a 4-star rating. Advice: 1. Take a good quality spectating chair (£42 on Ebay) - you won't regret it. 2. Take a good pair of binoculars to read the TV screens if your long distance vision is less than perfect. (£27 on Amazon 12x50). 3. Buy the recommended ticket lanyards and holders from Book F1 - invaluable and someone near us lost their tickets - we never saw them again! 4. Ignore belligerent 'carers' who arrive 30 mins before the main race and try to get you to give up your 'pole' position gained 6 hours earlier for their more severely disabled colleagues - whilst it seems harsh, if she had asked more politely and less aggressively, we might have been more accommodating. We stood (actually sat) our ground. 5. Always smile at and OBEY the police; some drivers seem to think they have the right to decide which way they want to go and cause delays in the process. The one exception is if you are disabled, you need to insist on getting to your allocated disabled car park: P 15. It worked for us and was met with a sympathetic smile from the police. 6. Take your own food and drink - dirt cheap in the local supermarkets and allegedly expensive (?) at the track. That said the hot dog and chips from the food stand alongside Gold 8 was hot, tasty, good quality, generous and cost just 13 Euros (£9 - not bad when you consider the thousands the stall holders have to pay for their pitch.) But I've nothing to compare that with. 6. The loos were nothing like as bad as some people are saying. But don't expect loo paper. I used a 'pee bottle' in the car park and took wet wipes - essential. 7. Hire a mobility scooter in the UK (£10 per day) if you want to move around the track; the footpaths are not wheelchair friendly.
26 ago 2015
The new Spa wheelchair podium could not be put in a better place. The close up view of la source and the pit exit was superb. We left the Podium about 10 minutes after the race and a further 5 minutes saw us on to the E42 'motorway' heading North without any traffic problems.
25 ago 2015
Green camp site was rowdy and easy to find once we knew where to look, facilities are very basic but if you go prepared and use ear plugs you can get a good nights sleep, we were a little different from most as we had access to the wheelchair podium our view of la source and the pit exit were first class our parking was very close and access to the podium was rugged but acceptable, once again once we knew where to look.
26 ago 2014
What can I say, your service to myself & son were 100%. The help you gave with the service provided made our trip more than worth while. If there was a down side , all I can say is that the journey from the car park to the podium was a little difficult, as the surface was not hand solid materials . Toilets facilities, were for people who could walk only. Not wheel bound people, shame really.
Sarah and Pete
25 ago 2014
First praise for the staff who were helping the wheelchair podium . They really helped and made sure the wheelchair users got the best viewpoints and often had to tactfully deal with the stroppy . It was quite difficult to negotiate the gravel car park to get to the podium and very difficult to reach the track at the end of the race . Obviously it would have been wonderful if we had been able to be able to explore other areas but we appreciate that the area is hilly and prone to heavy downpours .
Gaetano, Davis CA
30 ago 2013
Fifth time to Spa, I rank only after Monza (have been to all circuits save India), and Spa is quite easy if one has patience. The tight access is because of the very nature of the circuit in the Ardennes forest which gives it is beauty. Handicap access is ok though I faced discrimination from staff trying to get Thursday Paddock walk access. Belgium has the best beer in the world
21 set 2012
Hi, I had 2 issues which spoilt the weekend for us. Firstly on Thursday we were not allowed to use the disabled lift to access the pit walk and were told to walk from the disabled carpark out of the circuit and up the 2 km road to another entrance. My husband could not be expected to push a wheelchair up that hill so after driving all the way over we saw none of the pit walk. Secondly no-one advised us that there were disabled toilets available near the wheelchair podium and i spent a long time going back to the carpark to use the disabled toilets. We saw the toilets behind the podium when we watched the grande prix on tv when we got home!!
04 set 2012
your advice and the actual booking was first class. The wheelchair podium was excellent and supurb value for money. It would perhaps be a good idea for you to advise ear protection for this facility as it is very near the track.
Children aged 5 and under are granted free entry but must sit on their parent's lap in a grandstand unless a separate child ticket is purchased. Children aged 6 and above will require an entry ticket, for both General Admission and Grandstand tickets. Identification may be required for children on the day. Discounted child tickets are valid for persons aged 15 and under.
A disabled podium for wheelchair users is available next to the Gold 7 grandstand. A disabled spectator and one carer can use the podium - each person will require a separate ticket. Please select the Wheelchair Podium ticket(s) from the ticket list. A disability card may be required both at the time of booking and on arrival at the circuit.
A free afternoon pit walk and drivers' autograph session is expected to be held on the Thursday for all 3-day ticket holders (subject to confirmation). You will not need to pre-book to take part in the Pit Walk.
Spa-Francorchamps circuit is a very popular circuit for General Admission. If you are purchasing a Bronze: General Admission ticket, you are welcome to take fold-down chairs and blankets with you, but please be advised that the terrain of this area can be quite rough and hilly in places. Due to the size of this circuit, there may also be long walks to the General Admission areas, depending on the entrance that you use.
Please note: All tickets except hospitality passes will be issued as e-tickets. Tickets will be issued 2 - 4 weeks before the race.
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