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Paddock Club Diaries - 2018 German GP - Day 1

The German GP returned to the F1 Calendar after a hiatus in 2017. Hockenheimring, the circuit in the region of Baden-Württemberg hosted the race. I had the privilege of being there in 2014, my first race as a guest of Ferrari and with Kimi leaving for Sauber in 2019, it was befitting that I be here as a guest of the team again. 

The German Grand Prix was held from the 20th to 22nd of July and this year I chose to stay in Mannheim, a city that is just a 30 minute drive from the circuit. Mannheim and Heidelberg are both great towns to stay over a race weekend. Frankfurt is a 75 minute drive from these cities / towns. 

I drove to Heidelberg for my race passes.

The Race Passes for the Weekend :


An early morning start on Friday to make it in time for the First Pit Lane walk of the weekend.


Enroute to the Circuit :


Friday Morning Pit Lane Walk :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 getting ready before FP1 :


Shots with the GoPro Hero 5 Black :


Kimi Raikkonen Car's Systems Check ( Shot with Samsung Note 8 ), Video Link :



Kimi Raikkonen Car's Systems Check ( Shot with Nikon B700 ), Video Link :



The Pit Lane walk done, the Paddock Club was ready to usher in the guests on the Friday.


Entering into the Paddock Club :


The Ferrari F1 Club, our race weekend abode :


Chase Carey, CEO & Executive Chairman of F1, he is a regular in the Paddock Club maintaining a keen eye on how the product is running:


Soon enough it was time for the start of Free Practice 1.

Pit walls occupied by the top bosses of the teams :


FP1 underway :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team during FP1 :


Chequered Flag :


Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest of the session, four thousandths of a second separating Lewis Hamilton and him. Max Verstappen was third with the Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen in 4th and 6th respectively.


Marc Gene joined us to brief the guests after FP1 and explore the team's prospects for the weekend :


Lunch is served, I prefer sticking to the tried and tested!


Ice Cream anyone?


A fun feature happening in the Media Pen with Sky Sports F1 :


The 2nd pit lane walk coincided with the First Track Truck Tour of the day and I didn't wanna miss the opportunity of exploring the challenges the circuit poses for the drivers.


A Selfie with legends - James Towers, Sam Powers, William ( Hosts of F1 Paddock Club with a fair bit of racing history under their belts ), Philipp Frommenwiler ( Endurance Racing ) and Jos Matthews, my dear friend and a thorough Tifosi at heart.


Track Truck Tour ( Video Link ) :



Free Practice 2 commenced and I was in the Garage for most of the session. Some stills from FP2 :


Max Verstappen was the fastest in FP2 from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Vettel and Raikkonen were P4 and P5 respectively.


Ferrari were kind enough to let us be in the Paddock after the session and roam in the most coveted area for a couple of hours!


Soon enough, I got to meet some F1 Fraternity!

Charles Leclerc, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team :


Dr. Helmut Marko of Red Bull Racing!


The cars from Pirelli Hot Laps and a Porsche Racing Simulator in the Paddock Club! Wow!


We had to wait before heading to the 2nd truck tour of the day due to cars from the Boss GP Series making their way back after qualifying. These are Old Vintage F1 race cars privately run by their respective owners in the series!



Shots from the Evening Track Truck Tour :


Tour done and it was time to head back to the Radisson Blu in Mannheim!

Returning to Mannheim :


It was a pretty hot Friday at Hockenheim but an enjoyable one nonetheless! Ferrari looked off the pace on Friday but mainly because they were sand-bagging. 

Thank you to Edge Global Events for arranging the passes for the weekend and Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team for their Hospitality. Saturday and Sunday Experiences to follow soon.

A Gallery of Memories - Part 15

The German Grand Prix made a return to the F1 Calendar this year and the race was held at Hockenheimring. I was fortunate to be a part of the same and the first blog post from the weekend kicks off with the "Gallery of Memories"


Chase Carey, CEO and Executive Chairman of the Formula One Group :


Dr. Helmut Marko, Head of Red Bull's Driver Development Program and advisor to Red Bull Racing F1 Team :


Charles Leclerc, Alfa-Romeo Sauber F1 Team!


Bernd Maylander, FIA Safety Car Driver :


Joe Saward, F1 Journalist :


Mervi Kallio, Finnish TV MTV Presenter :


Mara Sangiorgio, Sky F1 Italia Journalist!


Federica Masolin, Presenter for Sky Italia F1 :


Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 World Champion :


The Man who made me fall in love with F1, Mika Hakkinen, 1998 and 1999 F1 World Champion! A LEGEND!!!


Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team :


Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing F1 Team :


Peter Bonnington, Race Engineer for Lewis Hamilton :


Norbert Haug, a legend from the Kimi years in McLaren and Former Vice President of Mercedes Motorsport :


Mattia Binotto of Scuderia Ferrari, Gene Haas ( Team Owner ) and Guenther Steiner ( Team Principal ) of Haas F1 Team :


Beat Zehnder of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team :


Pierre Gasly, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


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


Brendon Hartley, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :



Maurizio Arrivabene, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Principal :

Antonio Giovinazzi, Reserve Driver for Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :


Alexander Molina, Marketing Operations, F1 Hospitality :


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


Robert Kubica, reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing F1 Team. Nice to see him back in the Paddock.


Paul Ripke, Photographer for Mercedes AMG F1 Team :


Lewis Hamilton, 4 time World Champion and Driver for Mercedes AMG Petronas 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 Team :


Paddock Club Diaries to follow soon, so watch this space!

The Flying Diaries : BOM - FRA - BOM ( Emirates Business )

July is the month when the European Leg of F1 is at its busiest. I had the privilege of being at Nurburgring in 2013. 2014 saw Hockenheim host the German GP ( as it alternates between the 2 venues ). This was the first race I had the privilege of attending - Live.


Mum accompanied me for the journey to Frankfurt. We flew Business Class, outbound travel on 17th July and inbound on 24th July ( arrival +1 on 25th )


Mumbai - Frankfurt ( 17th July 2014 ) :


I opted for the early morning flight which enables travellers to land in Europe in the afternoon.

Our Chauffeur service was punctual and efficient as always :


Mumbai Airport's New International Terminal "T-2" is an amazing piece of architecture and a benchmark when it comes to passenger mobility. Completing formalities is such a breeze. ( in Departures )


The "First Class and Business Class" Lounge of GVK wasn't ready yet and we were still making use of the makeshift one for our journey.


Mum Relaxing in the Lounge :


The Lavish Spread in the Lounge :


Brilliant artwork at the airport :


Our Flight being readied for the Dubai Leg :


Our seats in Business Class :


We had been so well fed up until our flight that neither of us opted for breakfast. Just the Beverage Service :


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :


The Boeing and Airbus of Emirates all lined up at DXB :


Business Class Lounge :


Breakfast in the Business Class Lounge :


A restful time in the Lounge and we were ready for the 2nd leg of our trip to Frankfurt! Our Seats in Business Class :


The Menu for the Food & Beverage service to Frankfurt :


Other operators to Dubai :


Food, Food & More Food!


A good sleep and it was time to get ready for the descent into Frankfurt :


The beautiful sky enroute to Europe :


Nearing touchdown at Frankfurt :


Frankfurt from above!


Frankfurt Airport and it was nice to see national carriers of various countries. Frankfurt is the 3rd busiest airport in Europe.


Enroute to our Hotel, The Jumeirah Frankfurt.



Our ride to our Hotel. A Mercedes S500 & the VW Phaeton!


Frankfurt - Mumbai ( 24th July 2014 ) :

The Return Trip
started on a brilliant note! I was overjoyed to see the quality of cars offered by Emirates in Germany. Audi A8L & the BMW GT 530d!


Frankfurt Airport Departures :

The Formalities were completed at a brisk pace and it was time to relax in the lounge :


The Dinner Spread :


Business Class on the return leg to Dubai :


Shots from Frankfurt Airport :


The Entertainment screen during night flights :


Dinner Menu inflight :


Beverage Service :


Dinner time! What a lip smacking meal!


Post Dinner, it was time to catch up on some sleep before landing into Dubai.

Flight Path into Dubai :



The Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport :


The Final Leg of the trip to Mumbai :

Business Class seats of the Boeing 777-300ER. Comfortable and spacious.


The Menu enroute to Mumbai :


The Plethora of Carriers at Dubai International Airport :


Takeoff from Dubai :


Lunch time onboard. The Final meal of our trip :

Enjoying our Lunch :


Returning Home with Emirates Chauffeur Service :


Once again, Emirates was top class in their Hospitality and nothing was found wanting in both the legs.

Its always a joy to see the crew recognize you as a Gold Member and welcome you on board!

The Next Post will feature my Trip in First Class to Toronto alongwith mum. We also used our Miles for some sweet upgrades. Details coming soon in the next post!