10 tips to go with toddler to Formula 1

Why here?

We had many thoughts where to spend our summer holidays. That is quite a question. Max is 1 year and 7 month old and he has still free ticket on planes till he turns two. I was thinking to go somewhere over the seas. Absolutely loved our baby-moon trip to the West Coast of US and wanted to explore more of it. Another thing was Formula 1, we wanted to include this event in our holidays like we did last October and we went to Sochi.

Why Formula? My hubby is a big fan of Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish F1 driver and he is retiring soon. We wanted to see as many Formulas with him as possible. So, our decision was South of France. We have been there 3 years ago but saw only eastern French riviera from Cannes to Monaco. We decided that it would be great to see another part of it and, finally visit Saint-Tropez, which was omitted last time. So, our summer holidays began with Grand-Prix Formula 1 in the south of France.

My 10 tips at Formula 1 with toddler.

We went to Formula 1 with toddler and it was so much fun, though you need to be prepared. I made a list for those who want to see Formula 1 and take a toddler or a baby. I want to say, I am not an expert but I have been to 3 different Formula 1 events, so this is my summarizing.

  • Buy ticket in advance in General admission zone.
    General admission zone means the area where you can walk and observe the event but there are no any seats. If you have a toddler who wants to run and play, this is the best way. Also tickets in General admission zone are of the lowest price.
  • Take a light stroller or backpack.
    Most of Formula events are in the forests, sometimes there is no pavement and you have to carry your toddler around. In this case – light stroller or backpack is great solution.
  • Bring enough food and water.
    There are some cafes and kiosks with food but not specific what you need, for example baby food and smoothies for toddlers. I must say, you will find food for sure but it will take time.
  • Diapers, wipes and extra clothes.
    You can’t go without))
  • Earplugs
    Racing cars are very loud, it is good to protect toddler’s ears. Max was wearing them in Sochi. Though he refused to wear all the time in Le Castellet.

About shoes..

  • Comfortable shoes.
    As I wrote above, most of Formula 1 are in the forests and if you plan to walk, take comfortable shoes. Though some day I dream to enter Paddock club, This is the place where you can see teams and cars very close, it is kind of VIP-zone. So, if you get a ticket there, you can put on heels))
  • Sunscreen.
    Most of events happen in summer and temperature is high, it is good to put on sun screen at least beforehand. We had 35 Celcius in Le Castellet.
  • Sunglasses and sun hat.
    They make life easier.
  • Map.
    You can download it from Formula 1 Play-store from your phone or get from Information center at the event. Why to study the map? You can go to fan-zone and see some pre-events, shows before the race. There can be also playground for kids. We had one in Le Castellet and it was so great!
  • Good mood.
    No matter what, just remember to enjoy the time, as it is a fascinating event and even if you kid won’t remember it, you can tell him about it and show the pictures.

I am happy to collaborate with Viking Footwear. Max has been wearing their shoes, sandals and boots for some time. This Norwegian brand makes high-quality footwear both for kids and adults. What can I say, tested at Grand-Prix Formula 1, Max was running around in 35+C and the sandals survived! They seem to be super comfortable for him.

Kids Sandal Thrill II

If you have any other tips or suggestions about Formula 1 visit, please leave a comment. Thank you for reading!

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  1. Janine | 19th Jul 19

    The camera loves you, Maria ! You are so beautiful.

    • Maria | 21st Jul 19

      Thank you Janine<3

  2. Ribbedtights | 22nd Jul 19

    Gorgeous pictures … nice to see your Ferrari dress again … you look amazing wearing it!

    Also, good advice. Thanks

    • Maria | 31st Jul 19

      This dress is 3 years old but still looks like new, thank you!

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