If you or a friend/family member is a fan of F1, but cannot afford the astronomical costs of going to watch it abroad, how about trying a day at the F1 testing in Barcelona? It takes place over four days, usually early March (in 2012 it was 1st - 4th March) and cost just 20 Euro's per person.
Although "just" testing, we had a fantastic day. The stadium was extremely empty, so we were able to wander around, sitting in the main grandstand and several other areas to try out the view or avoid the direct sunlight. My partner is a huge fan of F1, while I'm a more casual observer, but I must admit that on seeing the cars drive I was both stunned at the speed and skill, and delighted that my slightly leftfield Valentine's gift had gone down so well. Honestly, it's a great day out for relatively little money. Just remember the earplugs!
The circuit is remarkably easy to get to, it's only 20km north east of Barcelona. You just need to jump on a train from one of three stations in the city Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot and head to Montmelo. It takes about 30 minutes and costs a couple of Euro's. From the station you can walk or take a taxi - I'd recommend the walk as we met and chatted to a number of other fans, and just follow the amazing sound of the cars roaring around the track. I had read that the walk was "difficult" but I'd strongly deny that, 30 minutes at most on quite flat terrain.
Circuit de Catalunya, Carretera Granollers, A PARED, 08160 Montmeló, Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 71 97 00
Google map: bit.ly/NsHWq0
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