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Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Belgian Grand Prix - Day 1

The Latest post in the Paddock Club Diaries comes in from the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix. The Event was held from 22nd August to 24th August at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

I had the privilege of being a guest of Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team in the Paddock Club and as always, the first post is from what I experienced on Friday.

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hasselt. Hasselt is the birthplace of Red Bull Racing Driver Max Verstappen and about an hour's drive from the circuit. An early morning drive from Hasselt is recommended as the traffic was atrocious going into Spa.


Enroute to the Circuit :


The Race Passes picked up from Radisson Blu Hotel in Spa :


Walking to the circuit :


The Scuderia Ferrari F1 Club :


The View from the Ferrari F1 Club :


I didn't have the opportunity of making it to the First Pit Lane walk of the day and as soon as I settled in the Suite, it was time for Free Practice 1.


Shots from FP1 :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team during FP1 :


Chequered Flag :



Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest in FP1 with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel completing the Top 3. Only a tenth of a second separated the trio.


Marc Gene visits the Ferrari F1 Club for a quick Q&A :


Video Link of the Interview :



A Moment with Marc Gene :


Friends, Scuderia Ferrari Family!


Prior to the Pit Lane Walk, I signed up to go downstairs and join other guests on a truck which would take us around the track for an amazing tour. Its a part of the F1 Experiences, a new initiative by the new owners of F1 to bring the sport closer to its fans.


I got the Chance to do the Paddock Club Track Truck Tour. The Best Experience ever!


Video Link of the Track Truck Tour :



Shots from the 2nd Pit Lane Walk of the day :


The Scuderia Ferrari Garage :


Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari being readied for FP2 ( Video Link ) :



Lunch!


I had a hearty lunch and it was time to settle in for Free Practice 2. FP2 saw limited running after an hour thanks to rain belting down on the track. Only Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso volunteered to venture out but the conditions got treacherous really quickly.


Shots from FP2 :


Free Practice 2 saw Lewis Hamilton set the Fastest time. Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas not too far behind.


The track was then thrown open to the 2 Seater F1 Cars from the F1 Experiences.

2 Seater F1 cars offering those with deep pockets a couple of laps around the circuit. A new venture called F1 Experiences.


Formula 2 cars then took to the track for the Qualifying Session.

Qualifying Session of F2 :


The Session over, it was time to head back to the hotel, get some dinner, rest and be ready for Saturday Morning!


Returning to Hasselt :



It was quite an eventful Friday. I got the opportunity to be in the garage when it was raining in FP2 and the Ferrari cars up close!


Thank you to Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team and the hosts for hosting me over the weekend. Thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring everything was arranged for and I was not found wanting anything.

Saturday and Sunday experiences to follow soon. Watch this space!

A Gallery of Memories - Part 14

The Latest post in the "Gallery of Memories" comes in from the Legendary Track of Spa Francorchamps in the Ardennes region of Belgium. I got the opportunity of attending the Belgian Grand Prix in the final week of August and it was a great experience!


Once again I had the privilege of meeting celebrities and the tradition began from the day I flew out of Mumbai Airport bound for Brussels International.


A Quick trip down memory lane!


Bollywood Actress Parineeti Chopra :


Bollywood Music Director Anu Malik :


Bollywood Actress & Comedian Sugandha Mishra :


Marc Gene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Development Driver :


Mattia Binotto, Chief Technical Officer of Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :


Riccardo Adami, Sebastian Vettel's Race Engineer :


Federica Masolin, Sky Sports F1 Italia Hostess :


Jacques Villeneuve, Former F1 Champion and Expert on Sky Sports F1 Italia :


The Jovial trio, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill & Paul Di Resta of Sky Sports F1! Stay blessed guys!


Pat Symonds, Ex Williams and Sky Sports F1 co-presenter :


Mark Webber, Fan moment here with the AussieGrit!


Jock Clear, Scuderia Ferrari F1 team :


Niki Lauda!


The Professor! Alain Prost! What a gentleman!


Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing F1 Team Reserve Driver :


Maurizio Arrivabene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Principal :


Not the selfie I wanted but nonetheless, Kimi Raikkonen!


Gino Rosato, Scuderia Ferrari F1 :


A Moment with Seb's P2 Trophy :


Massimo Rivola, Scuderia Ferrari Academy Supremo :


Giuliano Alesi, Jean Alesi's son & Scuderia Ferrari Academy Driver in GP3 :


Mark Arnall and Kimi's Partner in Ice One Racing ( Motocross ) :


Silvia Hoffer, McLaren F1 Team PR and one of the oldest faces in the paddock :


MOKO!!


Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


Sir Franz Tost, Team Principal, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


It was a memorable weekend in Spa and I would like to thank Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team for the Hospitality and the graciousness shown to me over the weekend. A big thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring nothing was out of place and ensuring that I had an enjoyable weekend.


Apologies for the delay, Paddock Club Experiences coming thick and fast!

Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Day 3

A glorious Sunday Morning, the weather seemed perfect for a day of Racing. I had a relaxed start to the day and I decided to skip the Paddock Club Truck Tour Opportunity! Need to train myself to be an early riser!

Love the view from my room!


Enroute to the Circuit :


The Paddock on Sunday Morning :


FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race is the second event on Sunday Morning after Race 2 for GP3. Shots from the Starting Grid.


FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :

 

FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race Start ( Video Link ) :

 


Shots from the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race on Sunday :


Safety Car - FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race ( Video Link ) :

 


Race Restart after Safety Car - FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race ( Video Link ) :



Maurizio Arrivabene visited us in the Ferrari F1 Club to share his expectations before the race. An amazing person! Great to have him as the Team Principal :


I won the Raffles Draw and got a Keyplate autographed by Maurizio Arrivabene! Finally I won in the Raffles!


Maurizio Arrivabene Interview in Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :



Ferrari preponed the Timing for Sebastian Vettel to visit the Ferrari F1 Club and I missed him! Huge disappointment for me!


Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director comes in for a quick Q&A in the Ferrari F1 Club Suite :


Photos from the Pit Lane Walk on Sunday before the race :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 getting ready :


Photos with the GoPro :


Paddock Club Parking is never short of stunning Ferraris :


Lunch! A Quick bite, hard to eat as the tension rises!


Prepping up for the Grid Presentation :


Pit Lane Open and time for some sighting laps :


Team Personnel make it to the grid :


Celebrities on the Grid :


Drivers being interviewed as they make it to the grid :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 on the Grid :


Its Time to climb into your machines boys!


Counting down the Clock to the Formation Lap :


Team Personnel make a run for the pits as the cars head out for the Formation lap :


Formation Lap, Shot with Sony HX400V ( Video Link ) :



Formation Lap, Shot with Samsung Note 5 ( Video Link ) :



FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting getting ready to switch on the 5 Red Lights :


Cars line up on the grid for the Race Start :


Race Start, Shot with Sony HX400V ( Video Link ) :



Race Start, Shot with Samsung Note 5 ( Video Link ) :



Shots from the Race :