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Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:25:39 PM »
Just under 60 days to go to the VTB sponsored Russian GP 2017

If you can get to Sochi I have two free Main Grandstand tickets for :

Thurs - Pit lane access - you get close to the teams,

Fri - 1 and 2nd Practice sessions

Sat- Practice 3 and qualifying

Sun - The Race and associated support races.

I have already offered another 1 to a member - but these tickets are for FANS.. if you want to bring a loved one - let me know I'll try to get a promotional / staff price. The free ones are for members only

Your GP tickets double up as a Free rail ticket on race day ( return for free all the way to / from Krasnodar ) and accommodation isn't THAT expensive - if you stay in Sochi and get the train direct to the circuit - the stop after the Olympic Village. The F1 media circus, teams and drivers stay in the Olympic Park bed factories.


S.C went with friends last year and pronounced it boring - so won't be coming:)

I won't be in the Grandstand - as I'm the UK rep for the organisers and will be in the stand opposite.

IF you are a fan - it's one of the best value F1 events and Thursday is one of my fav days as the crowds can get really close to the cars and drivers.

IF anyone is interested - I'm sure you'll find a way to contact me :)











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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 01:38:47 PM »
Arrived in Sochi for the preparations for the F1 show - it was beautiful weather - snow-capped mountains in the distance and S.C. waiting to pick me up and get out of the airport ;)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5KR69qMRuQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5KR69qMRuQ</a>

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Then off to YOTA to kick my data sim into life - I use it in a Mi-Fi router and it allows my UK based mobile ( cell) to call the UK as if I'm there - not bad - considering it's 4 USD / minute roaming ... 1000 roubles / month for unlimited data at min. 20MBs is preferable.


 

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 04:39:26 AM »
Welcome to Sochi!)


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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 04:49:04 AM »

Mark! How did you manage to fake that footage of SC? We all know your are back in the UK sleeping on your uncle's couch in the basement  :laugh:

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 10:37:50 AM »

Mark! How did you manage to fake that footage of SC? We all know your are back in the UK sleeping on your uncle's couch in the basement  :laugh:

It's amazing what one can do with 'photoshop', Dave

This year, yours truly is doing all the English PA announcements for the event  - so you will hear my dulcet tones on the PA system - if you tune in over the race weekend.))

Got stopped by the Russian Traffic Police - AGAIN, on the way to the circuit... :))  This time madame was at the wheel and had taken the wrong motorway exit and sent us 5 km up the motorway spur  to the Mountain resorts.. She was late leaving the motorway and her erratic driving - naturally attracted the attention of 'Mr DPS Policeman'...She had been driving down the middle of both lanes -  'indecision'

 I shut up - but when it looked like he was going to issue a fine - I heard the word 'straf' - I introduced myself as her 'guide' - pointing out the 'navigator' - sat nav was in front of me - and I had told her left - meaning right. really - so it was 'my fault' - and that we were late for a meeting at the F1 circuit.  S.C proudly told him I was the 'voice' of the weekend :))

He cracked - let her off with a warning to " listen to me - but only if I spoke better Russian "  and off we went !

Got a great shot of the Airport runway - looking out to sea, though - so was 'glad' of the diversion.





We arrived at the ticket office and Maxim - a student of Sochi University - whom I knew from last year - handed me over my accreditation and off we headed to the Media Centre

My desk is in a huge office that overlooks the Start / Finish straight and I had Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen for 'company'





Took the bus back - 55 Roubles  - and it dropped me off near home.

I will drive tomorrow as although it was 23C and sunny, today - it will only be 11C and rainy, tomorrow :( 
 




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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 02:11:23 AM »
I genuinely enjoy seeing more inside the F1 event as I do follow the sport. Very interesting  :thumbsup:

Just one statement of caution however. You know when you first meet a German/Russian/American on holiday and wrongly assume that just because they are rude/loud/unable to queue, everyone from that country must be the same?

Well please don't let our Russian friends assume that all Brits act/behave/think the way you do!

Enjoy the week.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2017, 03:37:21 AM »


Well please don't let our Russian friends assume that all Brits act/behave/think the way you do!

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Rosco - I am a guest and I certainly do not need 'lectures' from young 'uns how to behave...esp. those who don't even spend the time I do here...

What I write on here - is my opinion - amongst fellow folks that have an interest in things FSU.



Enjoy the week.



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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2017, 11:14:04 AM »




Thank you

There you go again Mark. I am pretty sure those aren't the real drivers but rather cutouts!

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2017, 10:06:36 PM »
Maxx, don't you know that many F1 drivers have been ordered to 'lose weight' for this season ? ...

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2017, 04:22:36 AM »
 :biggrin:
Whats up Mobes? You're looking a tad haggard.
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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 04:31:25 AM »

Sadly, one just can't just tip up - one must 'register' one's visa. Years ago this involved wasting hours of one's life with the Federal Migration Service - now ... 20 mins at the Post Office and 450 rub !

 


Wish it was that fast in Yevpatorya, but then again, the lines are longer and staff seriously under-trained and half of em are guessing what must be done.

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 05:37:28 AM »
Just under 60 days to go to the VTB sponsored Russian GP 2017


Only can speak for myself I look forward to the updates. Hopefully the neggy vibes on this thread will be low.
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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2017, 06:08:37 AM »
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Whats up Mobes? You're looking a tad haggard.

Your are bang on DS ... Have you  driven an F1 car  ?:)



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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2017, 06:40:51 AM »
So, today I was recording the English PA announcements... BOY  getting the emphasis on some Russian Pop / Rock stars names - who will be appearing during the F1 weekend - HARD :)

Andrey - who is in charge of AV Media techie stuff  - took me to the 'Cooldown Room' - where the Podium drivers take on fluids, check their times and positions of other competitors and prefer their sponsors' caps - before appearing on the podium - after the race.





I'm not a  shy person - but it was scary using profession kit, wearing headphones and reading from scripts ....

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Re: Sochi F1 Grand Prix 2017
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2017, 07:10:37 PM »
Just under 60 days to go to the VTB sponsored Russian GP 2017


Only can speak for myself I look forward to the updates. Hopefully the neggy vibes on this thread will be low.

No negativity from me, if you meant me. Just teasing Mark a bit. I've always enjoyed Mark's trip reports and the videos he posts with them.