Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest 2014

Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest 2014, by Packing my Suitcase

For those who had no idea, yes I am a Formula 1 fan, since I was a child for that matter. Once in a while you will see me writing about a Formula 1 Grand Prix I have been to; I will not only share my personal experience, but also give you tips about an specific Grand Prix and the circuit, just in case you are planning to go to one or have curiosity to know how it is. So let me begin with the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest, at the Hungaroring circuit, which happened last weekend (July 25th-27th, 2014).

This was my first Grand Prix in Europe and also the first time I bought the General Admission ticket. Me and W. drove to Budapest on Friday morning from Munich and arrived there sometime around 1pm. We decided to enjoy the rest of the day to take a walk around the city and celebrate his birthday (you will see this part of the trip in a next post).

Our ticket included a Pitlane Walk on Thursday – unfortunately we couldn’t make it there – the training sections of Friday, the Saturday qualifying and the race on Sunday. As holders of a General Admission ticket we didn’t have siting places – in this case it was the grass – but you could choose to stay wherever you wanted within the permitted area.

The Hungaroring circuit is – without interruption – part of the Formula 1 calendar since 1986, and I have to say it is well prepared for the once a year event, especially when it comes to infrastructure. In the circuit there is many food stands where you have many options to choose from – hot dogs, sausages, roasted chicken, ice cream, beer and much more – merchandising stores where you can buy the entire outfit of your favorite team, a stage where a band often plays and even a Game Station with simulators! So there is plenty to keep you busy while you wait for the machines begin their show.

If you hold a General Admission ticket, here are some things you need to know:

  • Don’t expect to get the best view;
  • Arrive early (I mean really early, when the gates open at 7am) if you want a nice place;
  • Bring a mat or a blanket to lie on the grass; it will be more comfortable while waiting;
  • Check the weather and be prepared: it can rain badly or it can be really hot;
  • If you are short like me, bring something you can stand on so you can have a better view;
  • The best view of the circuit in the General Admission area is at the turn 14, as you can see on the official map of Hungaroring:

Map Hungaroring, source: Hungaroring Official Website. Packing my Suitcase.

General tips for the circuit:

Where to buy the tickets:Β BookF1Β 

  • You can check the pricesΒ here;
  • Buying the tickets 1 year ahead is way cheaper, and in case you can’t go you can always sell it!
  • It will take you approximately half an hour to get from Budapest to Hungaroring;
  • Parking: some people will want to charge you between 8-10 Euros to park your car, but these parking lots are normally far from the gates and there is free Parking offered by the circuit;
  • If you don’t have a car or prefer not to drive to the circuit, you can take a taxi or a bus – you can find the timetable at the circuit’s website;
  • Bring money along: the food stands don’t accept credit card and there is no ATM at the circuit;
  • If you don’t want a General Admission ticket, I would highly recommend you to stay at the Silver 3, Silver 2 or the Red Bull area: they are right in a turn and from there you can see the pit stops and the start, many take overs and you will have the view of 2 big screens;
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and umbrellas (only one place is covered at the circuit: the Super Gold area);
  • On the race day there will be over 3 times more people than on Saturday;
  • Just outside the circuit there is a camping space, in case it interests you.

Highlights (apart from the race of course):

When we arrived at the circuit, as it was really hot, we received little packages with drinking water from the Red Cross:

Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest 2014, by Packing my Suitcase

And while waiting for the race to begin, some people gathered in the middle of the square and paid homage to Michael Schumacher; and I couldn’t help the tears in my eyes:

Formula 1 Grand Prix Budapest 2014, by Packing my Suitcase

#keepfighting Schumi

The event was very organised in every way, especially regarding traffic, parking and signs, we had no problem at all leaving, getting there or parking. And for those who watched or heard the news about the race, already know it rocked! It was pretty exciting and a lot happened; the best race of the year so far! At the end of the race, they were already handing in next year’s program.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Nice post! But… not for me!

  • Wow – Formula Fan!! Learn something new about our blogger friends every day πŸ™‚

  • Fab post. My hubby is a big, big F1 fan and we’ve only ever been to Silverstone. I would love to go to Monaco. Have you been?

    • Thank you!! Ohh thats great to know! Ive never been to Silverstone Grand Prix! At least not yet

  • Tim

    I remember my first Grand Prix at Monaco several years ago. I had a blast. There is nothing quite like it.

    • Monaco??? Really?? It has always been a dream of mine to watch the race there!! I dont know how much it costed when you went there, but today is the most expensive Grand Prix πŸ™ but I hope to go next year or the year after, I have to!!! Im sure you really enjoyed it and will never forget…

      • Tim

        It was back in the late 80’s when I went while I was a tour guide so my ticket was paid for. I imagine it was a lot cheaper then but it was very cool to see those cars move around the city streets at incredible speeds. I am sure you will love it when you get there. Monaco is a unique place…in a very good way.

        • How awesome… you have done so many amazing things in this life πŸ™‚

          I have been to Monaco once and I fell in love with the place even more! Im hopping next time I go back there is to watch a Grand Prix πŸ™‚

  • First time I come across a blog post on F1, cool!

    • Hahaha thank you! Yes its true, I still haven’t seen any blogs about this topic, I couldnt resist doing it as Im a big fan! Kind of different I know

  • I am so glad that you wrote about the F1 in Budapest. I am planning on going to Melbourne’s F1 next year – 8 years in this city and I have never been to watch the car racing and it’s so near my place πŸ˜€ Very nice to see that you and your husband enjoyed your day, and you both sounded well prepared! I find it hard to believe that you need to go early to get the good spots, because I find it funny people will sit in one spot all day. Surely they will get up and move to check out others things at some point… :/

    Hahaha, bring something to stand on if you’re short. Well, I’m short but I’d much rather squeeze my way around people to get to the front πŸ˜€ And those burgers at the food stalls look humongous! What was your favourite part of the F1? The food? Cars? Games? Shopping?

    • Ohh really??? Leaving so close you have to go! I dont know if you enjoy Formula 1, but even if you dont, you will like it because watching it at the circuit is totally different than on TV! Of course to get a good view, I would buy a sitting ticket, you wont regret! The general admission for me was not my favorite, the other time I’ve been to a Grand Prix I had sitting places with amazing views…in this case you dont have to worry about people standing in front of you, or getting there so early to get a spot!

      What I most liked of course were the cars, Im crazy for Formula 1 and for me there is nothing like seeing these loud machines closer! I love it!! πŸ˜€

      I hope you go next year, enjoy it, take lots of photos and tell me how was it!! πŸ˜€

      • I am not a huge fan of F1 but I am sure it will be a great experience to see all the cars and action in person at least once. This year in Melbourne the cars were very quiet due to some new engines, and people were complaining πŸ˜€ I don’t know how people talk at F1 since most races have noisy cars….maybe you need to shout πŸ˜€

        I will probably get a general admission ticket…but who knows, maybe I will change my mind!

        • Hahahaha yes the sounds this year also didnt make me happy! I miss the noise of the cars already!! And its not so loud that you cant talk, so dont worry about it

          • I really don’t like loud noise so if the loud cars come back, I might not like the Melbourne F1 at all. You might be right that it’s not as loud as most people say it is…after all, you can always hear the crowd cheering on TV and I’m sure you did too at your F1 experience πŸ™‚

          • hahahaha you can always wear earplugs πŸ˜€ I prefer not to haha. Yes I surely did it too πŸ™‚

          • Ear plugs. Uncomfortable but I take that they do the job πŸ˜€

          • Hahaha it can help

  • Gosh.. I would never guess you are a F1 fan πŸ˜€ Football yes, but that’s easy because of your come from..Thanks for the insight of the event. I have never been any of these..but I imagine it must be very loud.. wasn’t it or is my imagination a totally absurd? πŸ˜€

    • Hahahaha yes I am… I watch the races since I was a child and Ayrton Senna was still alive!

      • Impressive how technology improved that fast…certainly I will consider it, the event could be an interesting photo project πŸ˜‰

        • I know right? But I honestly prefer the cars when they were louder πŸ˜€ yes definitely!! I would love to see this photo project of yours πŸ™‚

  • What do you think of Hamilton’s run of “bad luck?” How can his car go wrong so many times when his teammate, with the “same” car, has had no trouble. I’d be interested to hear your opinion!

    • I feel sorry for his bad luck, he is an amazing driver, and he has proven it in many ways, especially in this last race! They always say its the same car, but it never is, because some features are chosen by the drivers themselves, like the breaks for example. Both Nico and Hamilton are amazing drivers, and the Mercedes cars are definitely the most competitive this year. And Nico already had trouble too, 2 times this year… it happens, unfortunately, but I like when Formula 1 is unpredictable πŸ™‚

  • Sha

    You can come to singapore for F1! Ours is a night race. I’m not such a big fan of these races but I can at least say that I’ve walked on it before the F1 race started! Haha…:)

    • The Formula 1 Gran Prix of F1 in Singapore is on the top of list!! Its one of the best F1 ever had!! I really hope to go soon!! I dont know if next year it will work, but someday it will have to

      • Sha

        Awesome….just let me know if you are visiting!! πŸ™‚

  • Some fun !

  • Wow, you are loving my husbands dream, he would love to travel and follow all the F1 races, him and my 4 year old watch the races on TV all the time, both of them big car fans, the little one gets it from daddy, my husband is also in the car business and with all boys in the house, I am surrounded by race cars, trucks, planes, you name it lol, thanks for your tips, I’m sure it will come in handy one day, take care and happy travels X

    • Thats no nice to know Lily!! I grew up watching the races with my dad, maybe thats why I love it so much! I happy you liked the post… and that you found it helpful! Safe travels to you too πŸ˜€