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Chocy Rocky

Should we?

Kyle, my 6 year son, really wants to go to the Grand Prix next year.

What do you think? Is he too young?

And if no, where is the best place to sit at Silverstone?
Andy C

I'd take him to  silverstone classic

Loads of track action and you can just wonder around the pits. There is also a monstrous amount of static stuff to see

And it's only £40  rather than about £240
Big Blue

I agree that a lower order meet would be better for a 6 year old. F1 meetings are pretty specialised Motorsport viewing IMHO. (That means you have to be a saddo like me)
Alf McQueef

If he's anything like Lu, patience will not permit a full day and it would potentially be a waste of money - as the others have said, something nearly as good but cheaper and less crowded is probably better!
Sav

If only a Grand Prix would satisfy your son, I would sit at Luffield or Stowe. Luffield is good for a number of reasons IMO. Firstly the cars are going slower compared to other turns, so you see them for longer, trying to get back on the power on the exit. Also, because Luffield is relatively slow less run-off area is needed, so you see the cars more closely compared to other turns - it feels like that for a lot of racing at Silverstone in general. Secondly, the DRS zone on the Wellington straight means that cars are often close together as they enter Luffield and onto the old pit straight.

Whoever was sat at Luffield got a treat this year when Alonso and Vettel battled for numerous laps, with both drivers trying various tactics at Luffield to maintain or gain position respectively. It was one of my favourite battles of the year.

Stowe is a nice turn to sit at because you get to see an F1 car in a higher speed turn, whilst also seeing a lot of overtaking and battling because the Hanger Straight is the location of the second DRS zone. Preferably sitting at the entry to Stowe would be great, as you are closer compared to sitting in the middle of Stowe.

Like others have said, however, your son would probably get a great taste of motor racing from other events and lesser motor racing series'. BTCC perhaps offers the most entertaining four-wheeled racing anywhere IMO. Tickets start at about £30 for general admission tickets (pre-booking discounts commonly available), whilst also being able to see the excellent support events; like Formula Ford, Porsche Carrera Cup UK, Ginetta’s and even Super Touring BTCC races at selected events. BTCC events are excellent value for money – it’s difficult not to be entertained. I’d go with that if F1 is not essential.
JohnC

Take him to Knockhill on a wet race day and he will never want to go back! That would save you a fortune.

I had a friend who took his son to the GP about 5 or 6 years ago and his son hated it because it was too noisy. It might be different now with the turbo motors but I think I would consider something a bit less extreme than the GP for a 6 yr old.
Boxer6

JohnC wrote:
Take him to Knockhill and he will never want to go back! That would save you a fortune.


FYP.


Only kidding! Sadly, it does seem that BTCC weekends tend to be pretty grim weather-wise. There's quite a lot of club meetings there though, which might be a better bet to acclimatise Kyle to the noise and it'd be easier/cheaper to go home if he decides he's had enough.

Potential mini-meet perhaps? I'd certainly be up for it - not been to a race meeting for years.  
Tim

There are plenty of track days/nights at Knockhill too
Chocy Rocky

Boxer6 wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Take him to Knockhill and he will never want to go back! That would save you a fortune.


FYP.


Only kidding! Sadly, it does seem that BTCC weekends tend to be pretty grim weather-wise. There's quite a lot of club meetings there though, which might be a better bet to acclimatise Kyle to the noise and it'd be easier/cheaper to go home if he decides he's had enough.

Potential mini-meet perhaps? I'd certainly be up for it - not been to a race meeting for years.  


That sounds like a good plan to me.

He is properly fascinated by F1 and will happily watch it for as long as he is allowed. I do feel he is a bit young but other family members think differently.
I think it's a great idea to go to some different meets next year, with a view to going to the Grand Prix the year after.

Thanks for the replies, especially Sav for the expert view, the Forum strikes again.
PhilD

Chocy Rocky wrote:

He is properly fascinated by F1 and will happily watch it for as long as he is allowed. I do feel he is a bit young but other family members think differently.


Which bit? Would he know the difference between F1 and a lower formula? Is it just racing cars he likes, so it doesn't need to be singe seater?

I'm deciding where to take my daughter as well. She is only 18 months but I've managed to get her into cars already  
Scouse

I'd agree with Andy C - take him to the Silverstone classic, Oulton Park Gold Cup or Donnington Historic festival. So much more for so much less. Especially the Silverstone Classic with Group C Sportscars, Supertourers, late 70's/early 80's F1 cars plus loads of Off-Track stuff.
Chocy Rocky

PhilD wrote:
Chocy Rocky wrote:

He is properly fascinated by F1 and will happily watch it for as long as he is allowed. I do feel he is a bit young but other family members think differently.


Which bit? Would he know the difference between F1 and a lower formula? Is it just racing cars he likes, so it doesn't need to be singe seater?



It's pretty much all F1 for him. Like FB and junior FB, he (we) likes to play at being a F1 driver when in the car. He makes sure we are different drivers and his poor Mum is normally Button.

I've tried to encourage other forms of motorsport but coverage of some of them is so poor and the F1 coverage is so good.
PhilD

Chocy Rocky wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Chocy Rocky wrote:

He is properly fascinated by F1 and will happily watch it for as long as he is allowed. I do feel he is a bit young but other family members think differently.


Which bit? Would he know the difference between F1 and a lower formula? Is it just racing cars he likes, so it doesn't need to be singe seater?



It's pretty much all F1 for him. Like FB and junior FB, he (we) likes to play at being a F1 driver when in the car. He makes sure we are different drivers and his poor Mum is normally Button.

I've tried to encourage other forms of motorsport but coverage of some of them is so poor and the F1 coverage is so good.


Write to every team and tell them about this. Who knows, maybe one will give you a pit pass and you can blow his mind!!
Sav

It is great to hear that your son is so enthused by Formula 1 – we need more kids like him.

FOM coverage of F1 is excellent compared to a lot of other racing, but BTCC coverage on ITV4 is pretty decent. It isn’t hidden away like DTM and other series on expensive channels, plus the sound and picture quality of ITV’s coverage is excellent.

Weather conditions at most BTCC rounds in 2014 were relatively good. Only at Brands Hatch a few weeks ago were the conditions miserable.

Alternatively, I would consider going to a race with GT3-spec cars – perhaps a British GT round or the Blancpain Sprint Series. It would allow you see tasty exotica at only about £30 per ticket, and that often includes paddock access, so you can get close to the cars in the pits, hear the magnificence of them firing up and see the mechanics work on the cars. These races are usually not that busy, so access is superb.

GT3-spec races like these will usually have 458’s, MP4-12C’s, 911’s, Gallardo’s, SLS’, Nissan GTR’s, R8’s and Z4’s – the race version of the Z4 has a glorious sounding NA V8. It might be worth taking your son to something like this first next year and perhaps F1 the year after that.

F1 cars are a lot quieter now compared to when they had NA V8 or V10 engines. If only F1 would satisfy him – only one option…   Booking early for Silverstone is well worth it with the discounts that are available.

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