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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.

We were then joined by Antonio Giovinazzi, Reserve driver for Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team :

Antonio Giovinazzi Interview in the Ferrari F1 Club (  Video Link ) :




Sebastian Vettel visits the Ferrari F1 Club post Qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel Interview ( Video Link ) :




Vettel left and it was time for the start of the Formula 2 Feature Race!

Shots from the Feature Race :

Arjun Maini on the grid for Race 1 in GP3 :

GP3 Race 1 Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :




Formation Lap done for GP3 :


GP3 Race 1 Start ( Video Link  ) :





Shots from Race 1 :

Post race I walked down to the other end of the Paddock Club to experience the F1 Simulators on offer.

F1 Simulators in the Paddock Club :

Got a sneak peek of the Podium!

Williams Crew sitting and watching the movie on "Sir Frank Williams" and the team of yesteryear.


Returning to Hasselt from Spa :


Kimi Raikkonen's mistake in his final run in Qualifying cost him a chance to be on the Front Row. Arjun Maini also narrowly missed the podium in Race 1 in the evening. Barring these disappointments, it was a great Saturday at Spa Francorchamps! The Highlight for me was the Track Tour early in the morning.

A Big Thank you to Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team and their hosts for their hospitality throughout the day. Thank you to Edge Global Events for ensuring everything was in place for the Saturday.

Sunday Experience to follow soon..

Paddock Club Diares - 2017 Spanish Grand Prix - Day 2

Saturday, the day of Practice and Qualifying; also the day of Early Morning Starts!


I was in a rush to get to the circuit in order to be in time for the Paddock Club Truck Tour but was delayed at the circuit entrance thanks to the security checks.


I did have the opportunity to spend time in the pit lane and capture a lot of stills!

Photos Photos and more Photos from the Pit Lane Walk!


Romain Grosjean's Haas F1 being readied before FP3 ( Video Link ) :



Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari Systems Check ( Video Link ) :



Scuderia Ferrari F1 Garage :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team practicing their Pit-Stops.


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Pit Stop Practice ( Video Link ) :


With Andy Stobart, Renault Sport F1 Head of Communications :


Mattia Binotto, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Chief Technical Officer :


Massimo Rivola, Head of Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy :


Some photos with the GoPro Hero 4 Black :


As we were being ushered back to the Paddock Club, the pitlane became abuzz with activity as the GP3 teams drove in before the start of their Qualifying session.


An Interactive Robot and Driver Cartoon Murals were the new things added to liven up the entrance to the paddock :


Kimi Raikkonen! BWOAH as ever!


Kevin Magnussen of Haas F1 Team :


Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber F1 Team :


Kai Ebel, RTL F1 Presenter :


Free Practice 3 was due to begin and Scuderia Ferrari F1 were kind enough to take me down to the Garage for a quick peek into their preparation and setups :


Shots from FP3 :


Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team in FP3 :


Returning to the pits after session is over :


Kimi Raikkonen topped FP3, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas were second, third and fourth respectively. It was looking promising for the Iceman!


The session ended and Ferrari's Reserve Driver Antonio Giovinazzi joined us in the Club for a quick Q&A :


Antonio Giovinazzi Interview in Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :


A Selfie with Antonio :


I was about to grab some lunch when I met the new owner of F1. Mr. Chase Carey of Liberty Media. He was so gracious and hospitable. I thanked him for freshening up the sport with his efforts and thanks to him we are back on the road to set many things right!


Mario Isola, Pirelli Sporting Director :


The Second Pit Lane Walk of the day; a lot more people and before the pivotal session of Qualifying!


Sergei Sirotkin, Renault Sport F1 Reserve Driver :


Karun Chandok, Ex F1 Driver, Channel 4 Presenter and a Williams Official Driver for Heritage Division :


Jock Clear, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Senior Performance Engineer :


Anthony Davidson, Ex F1 Driver, WEC Champion and Sky Sports F1 Presenter :


The Pit Lane Walk ended and it was time to head back to the Paddock Club have some lunch and prep up for Qualifying :


Qualifying commences, Q1 :