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 :
Dave Greenwood guiding Kimi Raikkonen out of the Garage for Q1 ( Video Link ) :
Chequered Flag :
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Q1 with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel 2nd and 3rd respectively. Pascal Wehrlein made it to Q2 and that was a positive for Sauber F1 Team.
Chequered Flag :
Lewis Hamilton remained the fastest holding off Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas. Fernando Alonso got the loudest cheers after his McLaren made it into Q3 and the Final Shoot-out.
Q3 begins :
Chequered Flag and the Cars return to Parc Ferme :
Lewis Hamilton took pole from Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas beat Kimi Raikkonen in the Battle of the Finns in P3. Not a bad place to start for the Iceman but he could have been on the front row.
Post Qualifying Kimi Raikkonen joined us for a quick Q&A in the Ferrari F1 Club :
Kimi Raikkonen Interview in the Ferrari F1 Club ( Video Link ) :
It was also time for the Formula 2 Feature Race to begin and most of the guests stayed back to enjoy watching the youngsters battle it out for supremacy!
Formation Lap - Formula 2 Feature Race ( Video Link ) :
Race Start - Formula 2 Feature Race ( Video Link ) :
Formula 2 Feature Race ( Video Link ) :
Prema Racing Pit Stop for Broken Front Wing - Formula 2 Feature Race ( Video Link ) :
Chequered Flag - Formula 2 Feature Race ( Video Link ) :
Photos from the Formula 2 Feature Race :
GP3 had Race 1 after the F2 Feature Race.
GP3 Race 1 ( Video Link ) :
Final set of Images before heading back to the Hotel for the evening :
It was a fantastic day at the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen would start P4 for the race on Sunday and although he could have done better, I was positive about his performance on the day that mattered!
I was also fortunate enough to attend the McLaren F1 Gala Dinner at the Hilton in Barcelona on Saturday Evening; the Experience documented here :
I would like to thank Scuderia Ferrari F1 for the Hospitality and also to Edge Global F1 for ensuring that I had a fantastic Saturday at the Races.
Sunday Post to follow soon!