The Chinese Grand Prix is one of the best value for the money grands prix on the calendar. It is amazing how much of the track you can see from most grandstand seats. The Shanghai International Circuit (SIC) is easy to get to, has outstanding facilities and most grandstands boast views of several turns, over the safety fence.
It is also one of the best F1 weekend to get in touch with your favourite driver or team personnel. The Chinese round is well known by journalists for its red tape nightmare. Access to Facebook and Twitter is difficult too. As a result, a lot of the media doesn't even bother turning up to Shanghai for the Formula 1, giving the main actors of the show some reprieve, and the resourceful fan a chance of meeting some of their heroes.
Grandstand A - Photo: FREDERIC LE FLOCH / DPPI for Renault Sport F1
Shanghai is China's most accessible city for westerners and a modern metropolis offering some fascinating sightseeing opportunities, good bars and restaurants. It is also just five hours away by train from Beijing, via a high-speed rail link.
The Sunday schedule of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix will include the remaining Q2 and Q3 sessions of qualifying from 11.00am to 11.33am, ahead of the race at 5pm.
View of Turn 9, general admission and Clark Grandstand from Turn 10 general admission.
Image: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
There are still some tickets available for what will be known as 'Super Sunday', which can be either purchased either at Gates 2, 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10 or online so that you can print it at home and avoid queuing in the morning.