F1 EXPERIENCE days are a great way of testing your mettle behind the wheel.
But while it’s pretty expensive to take to the track in a genuine F1 car, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives you can find that are still a lot of fun.
Driving simulators can give you a realistic F1 experience without breaking the bank
Can you drive an F1 car?
Driving an F1 car is the stuff of dreams for petrol heads.
These high speed vehicles aren’t allowed on the roads, but driving experiences take you one step closer to sitting in the seat of Lewis Hamilton for the day.
1. Driving simulator experiences
The cheapest way to feel as though you’re driving an F1 car is a simulator.
Not only are they fun, they’re also good value for money as instead of a few minutes speeding around a real track, you can usually get an hour plus to test out your reaction times.
There’s a £39 deal you can get from Virgin Experience Days that gets you 60 minutes driving time and the chance to experience four difference Grand Prix races.
The top three drivers in your session will also be presented with a trophy, in case you’re feeling competitive.
- Grand Prix simulator, £39 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here
Into The Blue offers up another option for £39.
Their package lets you link up with up to nine other drivers in a competitive environment that sees you complete a 20-minute qualifying session before heading into 5-6 races to decide the winner on the day.
- F1 race simulator, £39 from Into The Blue – buy here
2. Single-seater driving experiences
If you’re determined to get in some track time, you can experience something close to an F1 car with a single-seater race day package.
The top-rated package we’ve seen is on Buy a Gift for £99 which lets you choose between three high-powered racers for a 15-minute session around Silverstone’s famous race track.
One of the options is a single-seater racer which mimics the feel on an F1 car by keeping you low to the road and giving you a massive power-to-weight ratio as you blast around the iconic race course.
Or, if you want to double your track time at Silverstone without doubling the price, you can get 30 minutes drive time for £179 from Buy a Gift which gets you 10 minute session behind a pace car and then 20 minutes tearing around the track at your own speed.
- Silverstone single seater experience, £99 from Buy a Gift – buy here
- Extended single seater experience, £179 from Buy a Gift – buy here
3. F1 driving experiences
If you won’t settle for anything less than the real deal, you can get yourself behind the wheel of a genuine F1 car; but it won’t come cheap.
Red Letter Days offer up an F1 experience in an idyllic location in the south of France that gets you a whole day at a race track.
You’ll get some tune-up sessions in an Lotus Opel F3 car, before giving you the chance to boss the cockpit of a F1 car from either Prost or Arrows.
The downside of this deal? It’ll set you back £2,869.
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If you’re interested in a more inclusive package, Virgin Experience Days have an F1 experience that gets you three days in a four star Monaco hotel, two training sessions in an Lotus Opel F3 car, before the chance to rip an F1 car around the circuit in the luxurious Monte Carlo.
That’ll cost you £3,425, so we might be more tempted by the simulators and the single seater experience days.
- F1 driving experience in the south of France, £2,869 from Red Letter Days – buy here
- F1 driving experience in Monte Carlo with hotel stay, £3,425 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here
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