Raceday arrived and I was excited about the prospect of seeing another Ferrari victory in 2022. The day began early as I headed out from Hasselt to be at the circuit in time for Charles Leclerc's visit to the Ferrari F1 Club.
The early start helped me to avoid the long lines heading into the circuit.
So how was the race day experience at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix? Well, this is a humble attempt at covering such a memorable day. Photos were taken with both my Sony RX10 IV and Samsung S22 Ultra.
En route to the circuit and enter via La Source. Always a pleasant sight to behold Hotel La Source.
After the usual cardio workout through the woods, I finally reached the Paddock Club!
Sunday Morning views from the Ferrari F1 Club :
All the calories shed got recovered with some Belgian Ice Cream on Sunday Morning!
The Formula 3 race was underway when I arrived and it was yet another win for Prema Racing!
Formula 3 Feature Race Podium Finishers celebrating :
The F3 race got quickly followed by the Formula 2 Feature Race!
The Formula 2 drivers line up on the grid!
The Race is a go-go!
Video Link of the Start of the Feature Race :
Jack Doohan leading after a brilliant strategy call :
As the F2 race continued, I visited the Fan Zone. I had won a selfie contest and Spa Grand Prix had asked me to visit the fan booth to collect my prize. I won an Alpine F1 cap signed by both the drivers and a t-shirt with all the circuits printed from the 2022 season! Amazing!!
The F2 cars negotiate their way through Raidilion, onto the Kemmel Straight, a sight to behold indeed :
Jack Doohan celebrating with this team on Parc Ferme, his first-ever F2 Feature Race win, a deserved one indeed!
Parc Ferme Celebrations ( Video Link ) :
Getting onto the Podium to celebrate his success! Well done Jack Doohan!
Video Link to the Podium Celebrations :
The F2 Feature race got followed by a Red Bull Air Show!
Some stunts performed in the air :
Soon enough, it was time for Charles Leclerc to visit the guests in the Ferrari F1 Club for a quick Q&A!
Charles Leclerc Interview in the Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :
Post his interview, I decided to head down to the support race paddock to congratulate Jack Doohan on his maiden Feature Race win!
As I made my way down I bumped into someone famous!
Jacky Ickx, an F1 legend and six-time Le Mans winner :
Down at the support race paddock, I caught a glimpse of the vintage cars lined up for the Drivers' Track Parade!
More selfies followed!
Bernd Maylander, Formula 1 Safety Car Driver :
Paul di Resta, Ex-F1 Driver and Sky Sports F1 Presenter :
Finally, after waiting for the debrief to end, I had a chance to meet and converse with Jack about his weekend! Such an amazing human being and I wish him all the best for the future!
The man, with his spoils from the weekend!
As I legged it back to the Paddock Club, I realized that I had missed the only Pit Lane Walk on Sunday :(
Once I got back to the club, I quickly went through the menu to see what appealed to my palette...
Enjoying some lunch before the real action begins :
As the drivers headed out for their sighting laps, the mechanics made their way to the grid to get the cars ready for the race :
The activity on the grid is increasing steadily :
Running through the grid, through a series of photos :
National Anthem time :
The drivers make their way back to their cars to get ready for the Formation Lap :
Formation lap time :
Formation Lap ( Video Link ) :
Ready to race!
Race Start ( Video Link ) :
The Race gets underway :
End of Lap 1 ( Video Link ) :
A First lap collision between Hamilton and Alonso brought out the Safety Car, with the former bowing out of the race :
Safety Car Deployed in the Race ( Video Link ) :
Race Restarts after Safety Car period ( Video Link ) :
The Race restarts again :
Battles galore up and down the field :
Some more shots from the Race :
George Russell Pit Stop ( Video Link ) :
Sergio Perez Pit Stop ( Video Link ) :
Max Verstappen Pit Stop ( Video Link ) :
Pit Stop stills :