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A Gallery of Memories - Part 17

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I had the privilege of attending 3 races in 2018. I always desired to be at Kimi's final race with Ferrari and the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP was to be his last before his switch to Sauber F1 Team. 

The weekend experience begins with the Final "Gallery of Memories" post from 2018.

Charles LeClerc, Sauber F1 Team :

Emilia Bottas, Olympic swimmer for Finland and Valtteri Bottas' wife :

Gerhard Berger :


Flavio Briatore!

Lando Norris, F2 Driver who will graduate into F1 with McLaren for 2019.

George Russell, Current F2 Champion and Williams Racing driver in 2019 :

Billy Monger :

Chase Carey, the F1 Supremo :

Rami Raikkonen! ( Kimi's elder brother )

7 Time Nascar Sprint Champion Jimmie Johnson!

Jack Aitken, ART F2 Racer and a protegee of the Renault Sports Academy :

Steven Robertson, Kimi Raikkonen's Manager :

Victoria Verstappen, Max Verstappen's Sister :

Minttu Raikkonen, Kimi's wife! It was an honour to meet her!


Tatiana Calderon, Sauber F1 Team Reserve Driver :

Fernando Alonso, McLaren F1 Driver and a Living Legend of the sport. We shall miss seeing him in 2019.

Esteban Ocon, Racing Point Force India F1 Team :

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber F1 Team. All the best to him for his endeavours in 2019.

Sergio Perez, Racing Point Force India F1 Team :

Toni Vilander, presenter for CMore F1 :

Michel Salgado, ex Real Madrid & Spanish Football Team defender :

Peter Sauber, the boss of the Sauber F1 Team and the man who got many talented drivers into F1 :

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team, will be in the A team in 2019 :

Alexander Wurz, ex F1 Driver and now a Steward :

The Paddock Club Diaries from the 2018 Abu Dhabi GP follow soon after. Watch this space!

A Gallery of Memories - Part 16

The 2018 Belgian Grand Prix was the second race of the season that I had the opportunity of attending. The Circuit is in the beautiful town of Spa nestled in the Ardennes. The 3 day experience starts with the "Gallery of Memories" :

Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 Team :

Alain Prost! 4 Time F1 World Champion and the man whose nickname is the "Professor" :

Artem Markelov, Renault Sport F1 Reserve Driver and Russian Time F2 Driver :

KIMI RAIKKONEN!! The weekend is made!

Juan Pablo Montoya! Ex F1 and Nascar Driver from Colombia. He was one fearless racer!

Karun Chandok, Ex F1 Driver from India and now with Channel 4 for F1 broadcasting :

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal of Williams Martini F1 Racing Team :

Mika Salo, now a FIA Steward :

Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing F1 Team Principal :

Paddy Lowe of Williams Martini F1 Racing Team :

Callum Illot, Scuderia Ferrari Academy Driver in GP3 :

Jean Alesi, ex Ferrari F1 Driver :

Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Renault F1 Team :

Toni Vilander, Cmore F1 co-presenter and a close friend of Kimi Raikkonen :

Felix Rosenqvist, Mahindra Formula E Racer and Porsche GT Racer!

Tadsuke Makino, Russian Time F2 Driver :

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team :

Antii Kontsas, Sebastian Vettel's Physio and Trainer :

Carlo Santi, Kimi's Race Engineer and Carlos, a part of Kimi's crew :

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing Team :

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

Charles LeClerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team :

Marcus Ericsson, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team :

Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team :

Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team :

Jolyon Palmer, ex GP2 Champion, ex F1 Driver and co-presenter for Channel 4 :

Mark Webber, ex - F1 driver and Channel 4 Presenter :

Sir Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team Principal :

Noemi de Miguel of Movistar F1 :

There is a lot to write about the Friday, Saturday and Sunday Experiences. I shall be posting about these soon! Apologies for the delay.

Paddock Club Diaries - 2018 German GP - Day 3

The Big day had arrived. It was the day of the 2018 German Grand Prix. Ferrari had one hand on the winner's trophy after Sebastian Vettel's brilliant pole on Saturday. So did they? Lets relive the day!

The Paddock on a Sunday Morning. The Place is abuzz with activity!

I went for a walk and bumped into some F1 Fraternity!

Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

Alexandre Molina, the man who is a regular feature at the podium ceremonies :

Antonio Giovinazzi, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Reserve Driver :

I headed back to the Paddock Club and was just in time for Maurizio Arrivabene, the Team Principal's interview in the club :

Video Link of the Interview :

A Moment with the man, cordial and friendly as always :

I then ran across to the Club Suite and met Brendan Hartley, the WEC Champion and Toro Rosso F1 Driver!

Brendan Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :

I got myself some lunch and as I walked back, was shocked to see Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari F1 Club. He had come to see us before the scheduled time.

Video Link of the Interview :

Digging into some food :

I was one of the winners of the Golden Ticket, a Ticket that is placed in some F1 Race Programmes, the ticket enables you to be on the Truck Tour at the same time as the Drivers' Track Parade!

We waited for the truck to arrive and had front row seats as the Drivers headed out for the Track Parade.

Drivers' Track Parade Video Link : 

Still waiting for our truck. The main truck developed a technical snag so had to wait for the back-up :

On our way! The Track is ready for some action!

A special mention to the fans of Max Verstappen ( mainly Dutch ), better known as the Orange Army seated in the "Max Verstappen Stand".

I had the privilege of taking a Friend along on the Truck Tour. Some photos shot from the GoPro with my dear friend Jos Matthews!

The Truck tour ended and I just about had time to take some pictures before the Pit Lane shut for the guests.

The Drivers heading back to the Garage for the final time after bringing their cars on the grid. 

Grid Kids make their way to the front :

National Anthem time :

Getting ready for the Formation lap :

Formation Lap Video Link :

The 5 red lights illuminate and as they go out, the 2018 German Grand Prix is a go!

Race Start Video Link :

Some shots from the Race :

Scuderia Ferrari F1 during the Race :

A light drizzle caused a lot of unrest. Sebastian Vettel crashed into the barriers while leading the race while Lewis Hamilton stormed from P14 to take an unlikely victory. A massive blow to Vettel's title chances.

I got the chance of being at Parc-Ferme below the podium and was able to see the Interviews up close. Lewis Hamilton took victory from Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. 

Parc Ferme :

Podium Interviews :

The Drivers headed for the Podium and the heavens opened. It was quite a challenge to take photos in the pouring rain but it didn't come off as bad as expected.

Mechanics busy covering the cars as the rain got harder :

Bucketing down!

Drenched :

Some more shots of a rainy evening in Hockenheim :

The Paddock Club was going to shut for the weekend and Ferrari were kind enough to give me Paddock passes for the rest of the evening!

Kimi Raikkonen also sent me a special gift, an autographed mini-helmet! Thank you Iceman!

Photos with the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Club Team! Great hosts!

The Paddock after a race Sunday, tear-down, pack and head out :

Sunday evening is another great time to meet the famous faces from the world of F1.

Grace Capristo, German Artist who had the honour of singing the National Anthem before the Race.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team :

Robert Kubica, reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing F1 Team :

Paul Ripke, Photographer for Mercedes AMG F1 Team :

Matteo Bonciani, head of F1 Communications for FIA :

Riccardo Adami, Sebastian Vettel's Race Engineer in Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :

Rosanna Tennant, presenter and host for F1 :

Lance Stroll, Williams Martini F1 Racing :

Nico Rosberg, 2016 F1 World Champion :

Will Buxton, Broadcaster and Journalist in F1 :

Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team :

Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 :

Bye bye Paddock, see you in Belgium :

Time to head back to Mannheim :

The German Grand Prix was a great experience. Sebastian Vettel's mistake which cost him a certain victory was a sad sight to behold, however a lot of races still remained to turn the tables. Kimi Raikkonen, my favourite stayed consistent as ever and I was happy to be under the podium under the pouring rain and celebrate his P3.

Belgian Grand Prix was the next race that I got a chance of attending. The experience will be documented soon. Once again, thank you to the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team and the hosts in the Ferrari F1 Club for the all the love and hospitality. Thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring that nothing was out of order over the weekend.