EngageSportMode went to the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. Quite frankly, it was amazing. Along the way we took some photos to try to capture the spirit of attending the race.
This was the first time either Uncle Steve or myself had attended a Grand Prix. Suffice to say Belgium is probably one of the best to pick for the atmosphere and the amazing, historic, Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Friday – Free Practice
After travelling overnight from North East England to Spa, via Dover and the Belgian motorway network, we pitched our tent and headed in for Free Practice 2.
Saturday – Free Practice & Qualifying
Saturday was dominated by the weather. The rain before qualifying was like nothing we’d ever experienced. Virtually horizontal, mixed with vicious wind and hailstones for good measure. To say the weather at Spa can change in an instant is an understatement. Still; it didn’t dampen our spirits.
Sunday – Race
Sunday is of course the main event of any Grand Prix weekend. The on-track action was explosive, made more intense by the slight disconnect of not knowing what was quite going on. However, the best part was getting on the track at the end, marvelling at just how steep Eau Rouge is and soaking up the atmosphere.
Being at a live F1 race is completely unlike watching it on TV. You, generally, see less of the action but it doesn’t really matter. Without labouring the point; atmosphere is everything. The cheering – the booing – make it all much more real and engaging. You feel part of the event, rather than someone just observing. One major comment is that despite only having the general “Bronze” ticket access, it never felt like we were shortchanged or missing out. In fact general entry probably gives you even better viewing points than the hugely expensive Silver or Gold tickets.
The 2014 Belgian Grand Prix was simply a superb experience. So much so we’re already looking at 2015! Keep your eyes out for ESM’s Belgian GP camping guide in the near future.