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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!

Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Belgian Grand Prix - Day 3

Sunday had arrived! D day! The Day that mattered! Friday and Saturday's performances are meaningless if a team or driver can't perform on the Sunday!

Race Day beckoned and once again it was an early start to the day. The Commute from Hasselt could easily take a good 2 hours..so it was imperative to head out at 630 in the morning.

Enroute to the Circuit :


Croissants for Breakfast!


The Second Event of the day was the Formula 2 Sprint Race. I was busy shopping in the F1 Village hence missed Race 2 of GP3.


Formula 2 Sprint Race Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :

 


Formula 2 Sprint Race Start ( Video Link ) :

 


Lap 1 of Formula 2 Sprint Race ( Video Link ) :

 


Formula 2 ended and we were joined by Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene in the Ferrari F1 Club :


A Moment with the Man :


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



Kimi Raikkonen then visited the club for a quick Q&A!


I had to run behind him to click this. He did stop but my phone camera failed me! This was the best I could do! Next time..


Kimi Raikkonen Interview in the Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :

 


A Quick lunch before heading down for the final pit lane walk of the weekend!


Shots from the Pit Lane Walk :


Mick Schumacher driving his father's Benetton!


Some Stills with the GoPro Hero5 Black :


Gino Rosato from Ferrari :


Time to return to the Paddock Club and grab a vantage point for the race!


Cars heading out for the sighting laps as the pit lane opens :


Team Personnel, celebrities make their way to the grid :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team readying their grid slots :


5 minutes to the Race Start :


Kimi Raikkonen doing a final run through with his strategists :


The Grid gearing up for the start of the Formation Lap..the tension mounts!


The Clock winds down and we are ready for the Formation Lap before the Start of the Belgian GP!


Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :

 


Race Start ( Video Link ) :



Lap 1 of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix ( Video Link ) :

 


Shots from the Belgian Grand Prix :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team fighting it out in the Belgian Grand Prix :



Chequered Flag ( Video Link ) :




Lewis Hamilton took victory from Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen finished P4 while Valtteri Bottas had a race to forget in P5.


Cars returning to Parc Ferme :


The Podium Celebrations!!


Crowds allowed to run onto the track after the race and join in the celebrations


Mechanics rolling the cars back to the garages post race :


Lewis Hamilton decides to join his faithful and do some crowd-surfing.


Scuderia Ferrari were gracious enough to bring Vettel's P2 Trophy to the Paddock Club.


With Sebastian's P2 Trophy :


Some more pics with Friends over the weekend.


A Selfie with the Hosts in the Ferrari F1 Club :


Packing up to head to Monza which was only a week away, so the turnaround time was short.


Enjoying the Track Walk after the Race!


Massimo Rivola, Scuderia Ferrari Academy Supremo :


Carlos Sainz, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


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


Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :


Moko!


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


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

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


Returning to Hasselt from Spa :


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. Of course Kimi Raikkonen just missing out on the podium was a disappointment but the team had a great weekend nonetheless. A big thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring nothing was out of place and ensuring that I had an enjoyable weekend.

Sadly this marks the end of the Paddock Club Diaries for 2017. The Diaries shall return in the 2018 Season!







Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Belgian Grand Prix - Day 2

Saturday Mornings mean an early start when one attends a Formula One Race Weekend. The Day begins with a Paddock Club Track Truck Tour, followed by the morning Pit Lane Walk where Paddock Club Guests can see teams practice their pit stops up-close. Free Practice 3 takes place in the morning where teams run their Qualifying setups followed later by the Qualifying in the Afternoon.

So how did the Saturday at the 2017 Belgian GP pan out? Time to take a peek :

Enroute to the Circuit :


Walking to Spa Francorchamps Circuit via La Source Hairpin :


Photos of the Paddock Club Track Truck Tour :


Some Photos with the GoPro Hero 5 Black :


The First Pit Lane Walk of the Day :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Garage during the Pit Lane Walk :



Romain Grosjean's Haas being readied for FP3 ( Video Link ) :




Saturday morning also see the teams practicing their Pit Stops.


Williams Martini Racing F1 Pit Stop Practice ( Video Link ) :


Sahara Force India F1 Pit Stop Practice ( Video Link ) :




We had the Opportunity of visiting ART Grand Prix in the Formula 2 Paddock :


The Final Practice session of the Weekend FP3 :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team during FP3 :


Chequered Flag :


Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were the fastest in FP3 with Lewis Hamilton a close third.


An Early Lunch before heading down for the final Pit Lane Walk of the Day :


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

Shots of the GoPro Hero 5 Black from the Pit Lane Walk :

Sebastian Vettel's Car being readied for Qualifying ( Video Link ) :




It was then time for the Qualifying Session to commence.

Shots from Q1 :

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Q1, Sebastian Vettel & Max Verstappen were P2 & P3 respectively.




Shots from Q2 :

Q2 saw Mercedes Flex their muscles and Lewis Hamilton dipped into the 1:42s and was fastest again. Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 3.

Q3 was the top 10 shootout.

Shots from Q3 :

Lewis Hamilton took pole. Kimi Raikkonen had to back out of his flying lap due to a mistake and a tow to Sebastian Vettel helped him to snatch P2 from Valtteri Bottas!


The Top 3 parked on the Grid for the Post - Qualifying Interviews :

Top 3 Driver Interviews ( Video Link ) :




Vettel and Hamilton inspecting each others' machinery :


Marshalls fortunate to have their suits autographed by Vettel and Hamilton.