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 :
JacquesVilleneuve, 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 :
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 :
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!
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 :
Sebastian Vettel Pit-Stop ( Video Link ) :
Sergio Perez Pit-Stop ( Video Link ) :
Chequered Flag :
Chequered Flag is waved ( Video Link ) :
TV Crews busy with Initial Reactions, Post Race.
Cars returning to Parc Ferme :
Kimi Raikkonen suffered retirement thanks to a shunt by Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton won an eventful race with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo completing the podium.
Post Race I got have a chat with the antagonist of Transformers Age of Extinction and Veteran actor Mr. Kelsey Grammer who was extremely friendly!
Hollywood Celebrity Kelsey Grammer!
Sebastian Vettel's 2nd place trophy, a pleasant surprise to bring Vettel's trophy upstairs!
Arjun Maini! GP3 Race 2 Winner and an Indian! It was a blessed time chatting with him and Michael Reedy, his driver coach!
The Hosts of Pirelli for the weekend :
The Hosts at the Ferrari F1 Club :
With my friends from Renault Sport F1 Team :
Walking around in the support area as I make my way to the Paddock Entrance :
Art Work, Murals of the Drivers :
Trucks make their way to the Paddock as they pack up and head out to Monaco!
I made my way to the Paddock Entrance and had the opportunity of meeting a lot of people from the F1 Circuit - Drivers, Principals, Team Owners, Senior Team Personnel
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 Team :
Damon Hill, 1996 F1 World Champion & Sky Sports F1 Presenter :
Susie Wolff, Ex-Williams F1 Development Driver & Presenter for Channel 4
Toto Wolff, Team Principal, Mercedes AMG F1 Team :
Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing F1 Team :
Felipinho Massa, Massa Jr. Love his smile!
James Allison, Technical Director, Mercedes AMG F1 Team :
Bernd Maylander, F1 Safety Car Driver :
Mats Hummels! Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich & German Defender :
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren F1 Team :
Peter Sauber, Owner of Sauber F1 Team and the man responsible for bringing so many drivers into F1 :
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team :
Lance Stroll, Williams F1 Team :
Cryil Abiteboul, MD, Renault Sport F1 Team :
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team :
Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing F1 Team :
Aerodynamic Genius Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing F1 Team :
Eliaquim Mangala, Manchester City, Valencia CF, France National Team Defender :
David Coulthard, Ex-McLaren F1 Driver, Red Bull Ambassador & Channel 4 Presenter :
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing F1 Team, A Fun Guy!
Gene Haas, owner of Haas F1 Team :
Jos Verstappen :
Esteban Ocon, Sahara Force India F1 Team :
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing F1 Team :
The Professor! Alain Prost!
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team :
Martin Brundle, Ex-F1 Driver, Sky Sports F1 Presenter :
Paul Hembery, Motorsport Director, Pirelli Motorsport :
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team :
Alan Permane, Sporting Director, Renault Sport F1 Team :
Yusuke Hasegawa, Head of Honda's F1 Programme :
Ayao Komatsu, Chief Race Engineer, Haas F1 Team :
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber F1 Team :
Bob Fernley, Deputy Team Principal, Sahara Force India F1 Team :
Carlos Sainz Sr.
Daniil Kyvat, Scuderia Toro Rosso Driver :
Sir Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal :
Simon Rennie, Red Bull Racing Race Engineer :
Gino Rosato, Scuderia Ferrari F1 :
Kimi Raikkonen's No.1 Mechanic & Setup Engineer :
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team :
Stefania Arrivabene, Kimi Raikkonen's PR in Ferrari :
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team :
Britta Roeske, Sebastian Vettel's PR :
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG Petronas :
The Security in the Paddock was lifted and I had the chance to roam and take some shots of the Motorhomes :
Returning to the Hotel :
Barring the disappointing result for Kimi Raikkonen, it had been a fantastic Sunday and a Fantastic Weekend! Spain is one of the best circuits that offers fan access to the Paddock and the possibility of interacting with the F1 fraternity up close and personal.
Liberty Media the new owners of F1 deserve credit for the initiatives begun by them to liven up the Fan Experience at the races.
I would like to thank Edge Global Events for their Professional Service and help in organising the Paddock Club Passes. I big thank you to Scuderia Ferrari F1 and the Hosts for the hospitality and the love shown to me!
Mid - Season Review and Driver Markets to follow soon! Watch this space!