The Sainte Baume grandstands sit on a privileged point, at the confluence of three turns: Virage de l'Hotel, Virage du Camp and Virage de la Sainte Baume.The first three sections of this grandstand will be dedicated to the Silver category. This will overlook the turns, with possible views to the straight leading up to them, and down the Mistral straight.
25 июня 2019
First visit to Paul Ricard circuit. Chose the silver category seats at Sainte Baume. We had excellent seats with a large TV screen straight in front of us. Views of the cars was great as the cars are quite close to the stands so you get a good view of the drivers on the parade lap. Access to the circuit much improved this year. We stayed at a campsite 40 minute walk from circuit which was fine. Very dusty and uneven ground so good walking shoes recommended.
24 июня 2019
Paul Ricard is one of those iconic circuits with lots of history, so you want to like, but the trust is that the circuit layout - long and thin - means that one feels isolated from the action except for that which is happening right in front of you. All that said, it was an enjoyable weekend, the Park and Ride worked pretty well addressing the horrendous traffic problems of 2018, and the region is a great place to be
23 июня 2019
So I've been reading the reviews from 2018 about the traffic fiasco, and honestly I can imagine it was terrible. No, we did not lose few hours sitting in a traffic jam in 2019....No,I will NOT come back here even if they give Grandstand tickets for free. We used the P+R and the internal shuttles, so I can base my review on this. People using other methods of transportation might have had a different experience. We were there Thursday - Sunday, and apart from race day, it was fairly quiet on Thu-Sat. Also, my explanation will be long and with examples, as I'm writing this while leaving the circuit when my frustration is still fresh. Going to the circuit was always easy- you take the exit mentioned on the website and from there the personel guides you on almost every roundabout (in addition to small signs). Then you drop off your car in the field, hop on thr bus and within 30-40 min you were at the circuit. THIS is where the handy experience ends. You get dropped off near the karting circuit (between Le Beausset and Virage du pont). Then you walk 5 min and get to the gate to pass security. In our case we had to get to Saint Baume which was the furthest point from the P+R. When I first booked my tickets I was relieved to see there were internal shuttles within the circuit. Little did I know that I should not have relied on those. Ok,so we passed security and now we had to choose - 30 min walk in the hot weather, making your way through crowds, or take the shuttle. You look at the brochure (full of mistakes), or the app, or the signs and you see there is a shuttle stop on Le Beausset - great. We get there, security staff tells me that this is a VIP stop (surprise! because yesterday we got off that same regular shuttle on that stop). Ok, I head to Information to verify what's going on and they tell me "No, go to Signes gate there is a stop there". That's another 10 min through the dust...oh yes, I forgot to mention it was super dusty everywhere. We got to the Signes and the shuttle comes, heading in the other direction. We get in thinking "Oh they will make a U-turn like they did at Chicane and head back probably because the lady said at Le Beausset it's VIP only". That didn't happen and we ended up on Virage du pont because on the bus it says only Navette public (public shuttle), and Not in which direction it's heading. Only if you look very closely at the signs on the stops you'll notice a tiny arrow indicating some direction of the stops. As I mentioned already though, the direction in which the bus is going is sometimes irrelevant because they'd often make a U-turn (including the small train-type shuttle) and just head back. We ended up just walking to Saint Baume. Additional confusion was stemming from the fact that there were separate Bus stops for handicapped people, VIP bus stops, and the regular bus stops named the same way, but within few hundred meters of each other. Even if we didn't have to wait forever and if by accident we didn't mess up the direction, our trip could be summarized like this: - getting off the P+R bus - 5 min walk to the security gate -10 min walk to the Signes gate (for those whose seats were on the north side) -5-10 min shuttle ride to Chicane stand 6 (where the regular stop is) - ~10 min walk to the train-shuttle because the big bus couldn't get you further -5 min ride with the little train to General admission area, south of Saint Baume 4 - another 5 min walking to Saint Baume 3,2 and 1 If you skipped this whole explanation, getting from the bus outside to the north stands was horrible. I can imagine (and hope) that there was some logic behind that walk+shuttle+walk+shuttle combos. However, the suffering could easily be reduced with a simple sheet of paper indicating in which direction the buses were heading. Paper, which the drivers could also easily flip on each trip. But no, "Navette public" is much more understandable. You'd think the unpleasantries end here but no. On the way back the bus takes you to the parking, in our case Line 2 Champs. Funny enough, we'd be sitting in the bus staring through the windows in despair while passing our parking just to ride for another pointless 10-15 min (on race day ~ 30) to the other parking Casino. During all four days, there was not a single time where more than 5 people got off on Casino, while the rest of us in the bus had to quietly ride back to Champs. Why? - it wasn't safe for the bus to just stop there on the other side of the road and drop us off. Don't mind the fact that the staff were stopping cars for other cars to get out of the parking, but they couldn't stop cars for 50 people to get off the bus and not waste another 15 min (if roads were quiet) into nothing. I forgot to mention that the two walking bridges in the middle of the circuit were one way only (for most of the time) but that was not indicated anywhere on the map. You'd only find out if you waste your time walking back and forth. The last "amazing" moment was right after the final race when the security opened a gate on the side of Saint Baume 1 for people to get on the track and run towards the podium. That only lasted a few minutes before they closed it again and all the people that came from the nearby stands had to be sent back. I'd like to finish on a positive note. Toilets and other facilities were sufficient and well positioned throughout the circuit. There was enough food and drink stands, and enough variety. Some seating areas where you could enjoy your lunch as well. There were also nice fan zones with attractions, and plenty of fan stores with merchandise. The toilets were always clean and I never stood in a queue for food/drink for more than 5 min. My good takeaway from this GP is that now I'm also very excited about Formula 2&3. The race itself of F1 was not the most exciting in my opinion, but I got to enjoy some great driving during the practice sessions. Atmosphere was good and apart from the navigation issues, I enjoyed this race weekend. I hope the organizers will use all the information they have collected and learn from it for the coming years. If you do those things right, then it won't be needed to give 30% off on 2020 tickets because of poorer attendance this year (compared to 2018). For those that were stuck in a 6h jam in 2018 - I hope you enjoyed getting to the track much quicker. For those (like myself) that visited the French GP for first time now or are planning to, I'd think twice before booking 2020. At least, wait for all information regarding the race to be released and see if it will suit you. Have I had known that I'll have to switch multiple shuttles and walk in between (or walk 30 min one way in a super hot day), I'd probably have booked different stand or not booked at all. Good luck for 2020!
07 мар. 2019
If you really want to go, I will never do it again..... After the traffic management fiasco of the 2018 F1, the following has transpired: 1) The local authorities congratulated themselves that they sorted out the traffic management issue for the Saturday and Sunday practice and race and don't plan to instigate further changes for 2019. They improved it but didn't sort It. It was still a 2 hour 11km queue (12km on the Sunday) to get to the circuit at 07:30 on the SW approach road. 2) Their offer of compensation for losing a whole day of a 3 day ticket was merely a time limited 20% reduction in the same ticket price for 2019. Of course, to benefit from this I would have to endure this again! 3) Locals, most of whom seemed to be students were employed or volunteered as event personnel. Regrettably, they are not adequately trained and certainly not adequately experienced in decision making under pressure for an event of this scale Indeed the seemed to be unauthorised to make the necessary decisions to be effective. It was both unsafe and chaotic largely due to the total lack of communication between police, traffic marshalls, security personnel and parking attendants. 4) The tickets indicate that food and drinks are not to be brought into the circuit. This means that people did not have a day's supply of water and food to sit in a car in a queue. There are no shops, toilet facilities or fuel stations in the queue although there is a fuel station at the airport entrance. In the 6 hours we were queuing, no "official" person checked we were okay. The guy behind us gave us water with thanks to him. 5) There is little in the way of mobile phone signal along the approach route. 6) The long perimeter road (the ring of doom) is inner queue and is clockwise 1 way. "Official" and "VIP" vehicles have exclusive use of the left lane lane for "emergency" access. Be aware that not all of them have blues and twos. and some travel at up to 70MPH, especially to catch public who use that lane. 6) if you do decide to go take : water, sunshade, food, something to use as a toilet and if in a large group with several vehicles walkie-talkies. Note that the perimeter road runs clockwise and has 3 points of entry. NW, SE and SW They may have moved the car parks but in 2018 Join NW for parking between 'chicane' and the main entrance, SE for the main entrance and disabled parking, and SE for 'St Baume'. The motorway signs were wrong in 2018. indeed, most of the signage was wrong. I suspect that was because they didn't want queueing on the main roads and therefore sent F1 traffic around country lanes to queue. Those that ignored the signs jumped most of the queues and were given priority to do so to avoid queuing on the main roads. 7) Subject to Brexit and other changes that they may have made; if you are disabled and hold a UK blue badge, you can get a free "PMR"parking ticket at the main entrance. Shout at the rude security woman who does not realise that the VIP entrance is also the PMR disabled parking entrance. Under no circumstance let her persuade you to re-join the 3 hour one-way perimeter road queue. She's the one that refused entry to Sebastian Vettel because he didn't have his pass with him. Once past the security gate, turn right at the roundabout that has no signage. The disabled marked bays you will pass on your left are for VIPs but we parked there unknowing. The non VIP disabled park transpired to be 50 metres past this. No one seemed upset so we stayed put. The VIP drivers will also give you a lift to the Village if you ask nicely. They can't go down the track along the north side because a) they will get their limos dirty and b) no self respecting VIP would ever go beyond the VIP zone and enter the world of the normal paid up ticket holding person anyway. Blue badge holders can also apply for a 50% "PMR" discount on a second ticket for your carer. This can be any ticket but both must be the same. Apply by phone or email. Do not buy online. There is a wheelchair area between St Baume and Chicane however be aware that the view isn't that great. The ground is carpet covered gravel, the disabled busses "PMR" will drop-off at the wheelchair area but don't pick-up. The pickup point is 200m back towards chicane over very rough rutted ground which is thick mud when wet. There are not enough PMR busses. They fill up between the car park and chicane. They cannot pick up from the wheelchair area or St Baume because they are always full by that point. The vans are designed to carry 1 wheelchair and a carer. there is only 1 seat in the back. At the end of the race we had 16 mostly disabled people standing bent over with nothing to hold on to other than each other in the back of a low roof van on a rutted mud track for a 2-3 km journey. it is not possible to get from the south side of the track to St Baume without crossing 2 exceedingly crowded foot bridges. I was pushed over and endured the ordeal of being kindly assisted by an army of well meaning people from all nations. All ground beyond the village is rough. A wheelchair beyond the south east corner of the track is very difficult.
08 июля 2018
Race and Grandstand great. Event organisation poor. But maybe due to not having organised a GP for ten years. Car access, Parking and exiting ruined whole experience. Many other spectators staying at our hotel, 10 miles away from track, didn’t go to race because getting in and out was so difficult, many hours in queue. Unlikely to go again due to parking etc.
04 июля 2018
Hi we had a bit of a mixed weekend!!! Our apartment flooded in Toulon before we arrived and had to relocate to Nice. So we could only make race day !! We had fun and was a good race however that finished at 6pm. Nobody knew where the concert after was located so we headed to the car park where we stayed for 6 hrs!!!!!!!!! No organisation and no clue . We then arrived back to Nice At 2.30 am Not happy
Tim Gibbs (F1FR245200)
01 июля 2018
GOOD Track but could do without the chicane Campsite village especially the shop Toilet provision and cleanliness BAD Campsite and parking organisation Pathways from campsite and car parks dangerous. Distance from campsite to track grossly understated Road access inadequate Poor signage approaching and at the trrack Insufficient multilingual staff Campsite dangerous with closely spaced units, tinder-dry ground and no visible fire warning and fighting facilities Insufficient provision of potable water at campsite. Food and drink provision inside the track inadequate Police sirens blaring 12 hours a day on road adjacent to the campsite No visible security at campsite .
01 июля 2018
Wow, one of the worst organised GPs I have been to, and I have been to over 30 at 20 GP circuits. With one road in and out the queues were simply terrible, four hours were standard. We stayed only 20 miles away from the track and the journeys were badly organised, with a make shift car park (locals were angry because they cut down trees a local national park to create a car park), again one entrance and one exit, simply terrible. The stalls selling the drinks and food were a minimum 20 mins wait and the stalls selling GP clothing etc, sold out quickly and did not replace. There are so many other tracks to visit, all well organised, go there instead.
Conflicted of Rugby
28 июня 2018
The organisation was chaotic. There were very few signposts directing traffic to the Grand Prix or, once you got there, to the appropriate parking areas. All signage, for an international event, was in French. The Police, although great in number, were largely standing around doing nothing (in some cases not even standing next to the appropriate exit on roundabouts or, redirecting people away from closed routes). The plans of the circuit sent with the tickets were not detailed enough and, consequently it was very difficult to find the appropriate place to park. Parking in the woodland areas was haphazard with no reference points which made finding your car again very difficult. The stewards, although many in number, were generally standing around talking to each other. The parking areas were given reference letters at the entrances but, without these being shown on a properly detailed plan, what was the point? There were no directional signs within the woodland parking areas pointing towards the circuit entrances. Considering the time that the organisers (I'm assuming there were some) have had to prepare, the roads through the woodland parking areas should have been better: the rain on Saturday turned them into mud. Many of the walkways inside the circuit had also turned to mud on Saturday and, presumably, were even worse on Sunday after the race. Tickets for a particular grandstand should have been referenced to a particular parking area, and proper directions given for access to that parking area. The arrangements for leaving the circuit were ludicrous. It probably took us 2-3 hours to leave the immediate vicinity of the track. We walked to our car immediately the race finished but, did'nt manage to get to our accommodation 27 kilometres away until about 9.45 pm. This was because of the amount of conflicting traffic. In future, I would suggest making the roads which circle the track one way on the day of the race, ie giving two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. An anti-clockwise movement of traffic around the ring-road would allow vehicles to filter off to the right once they reached the appropriate road towards Marseille or Nice etc. All that said, Paul Ricard is a great venue. The track looked superb and, we thoroughly enjoyed the racing. The pit walk on Thursday was a great idea. Hopefully, they will learn from this year because we will probably be back next year.
26 июня 2018
Paul Ricard circuit is very difficult to get to and recommend that transport links to and from the circuit are improved. Please introduce shuttle services to make it easier for fans to attend.
25 июня 2018
Don’t go. Access to the circuit is terrible. It took us six hours to get from the circuit to our hotel in Marseille on the Saturday. We did not go on the Sunday because we could not face the traffic again. No matter what anyone says, I cannot see how access can be improved for next year. The track is up in the hills and all the roads are single carriageways. It is a crying shame because the circuit itself is very good.
25 июня 2018
Day 1 Friday ...... Never made it traffic so bad 5 hour to the circuit from 40 km away not worth going in , or trying to get out . Saturday " forced " because we where advised to go early in to the only open car park at the wrong end of the circuit to our seat . Car park can be described as scrub land with multiple tripping hazards and trees here there and everywhere. . It rained mud everywhere and no shelter to be found. Sunday same rubbishy organisation unbelievable car park again just scrub land with trees all over the place . The nearest thing to a straight line is the one they used as a splint on your broken leg . Actually ( luckily) say a tree stump in the barrier queue line it was about 4 inches high and at least that across, rocks 4 inch across. Lethal at worst . I lost my money on three days of bloody chaos don't you.
25 июня 2018
Great Race .. Just “Don’t take a car.”. Horrendous queues getting in .. Easily resolved on day 2/3 just get there by 6.30 am. Try getting out though .. 3-5hr wait to get out of the car parks. Utterly ridiculous ... Never seen anything so badly organised in my 58 years on this planet
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