Saturday morning at the 2018 German GP began at 7 in the morning. I got out of my room, rushed to the Elevator and bumped into Bernd Maylander, the Safety Car Driver!
Soon enough, I hailed a taxi for Hockenheim and I was on my way.
Way to the Circuit :
I was in time for the Saturday Morning Paddock Club Track Truck Tour! Our guides all suited up for a hectic day :
Shots from the Truck Tour :
Some stills with the GoPro Hero 5 Black :
The Truck Tour done, it was still a bit early for the Paddock Club to open and welcome its guests. I chose to stand outside the Paddock Entrance where Mechanics were waiting for the FIA Curfew to be lifted.
Beat Zehnder of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team ( Kimi's close friend ) :
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 :
Shots from the Pit Lane in the morning :
Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team Mechanics doing some stretching exercises before practicing some pit-stops.
Scuderia Ferrari F1 Pit Stop Practice ( Video Links ) :
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Pit Stop Practice ( Video Link ) :
Pierre Gasly's car being fired up before FP3 ( Video Links ) :
The Paddock Club opened for the guests and the first interview of the day was of the Honey Badger Daniel Ricciardo!
Daniel Ricciardo, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 Team :
I was trying out some simulators when I suddenly saw a legend from the corner of my eye. It was Mika Hakkinen! The man who made me fall in love with F1. The Man whom I adored before Kimi Raikkonen. It was a great conversation with him as he shared a lot from the past. One of the friendliest people in the Paddock.
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team :
The heavens opened before FP3 and we had a totally wet session before qualifying with limited running.
Some shots from FP3 :
Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team during FP3 :
Chequered Flag :
Antonio Giovinazzi, Scuderia Ferrari F1 Reserve Driver joined us after the session for a quick Q&A :
Video Link to the Interview :
Antonio returned to the Paddock Area and it was time to head down for the final pit lane walk of the day. Some stills :
McLaren 720 S, a Masterpiece on 4 Wheels, one of the cars used in the Pirelli Hot Laps Experience :
We headed back to the Paddock Club and Lunch was served.
Lunch! The Chocolate Mousse is so good!!
A quick meal and it was time to get prepped for Qualifying!
Shots from Q1 :
Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest in Q1 from Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
Shots from Q2.
Q2 was stopped due to a Red Flag and a major upset had occurred. Lewis Hamilton suffered from a Mechanical Failure on his car during his outlap. A big blow to his chances for the weekend. He eventually started 14th on the grid alongwith Daniel Ricciardo who started at 15th.
Valtteri Bottas set the Fastest time in Q2, Verstappen and Raikkonen hot on his heels.
I spent the rest of the Q2 Session and a major part of Q3 in the Garage.
Some shots of Q3 :
Sebastian Vettel came to the fore again and grabbed pole at his home race. Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 3. It would be a good place to start from on Sunday.
Kimi Raikkonen visited the guests in the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Club for a quick Q&A :
Video Link of the Interview :
There was no F2 in Germany and after some nice evening tea, it was time to head back.
The Paddock on a Saturday Evening after a frenetic qualifying :
I made my way back to the Transfer point and happened to meet a few faces from the F1 circus!
Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 Champion and Sky Italia F1 Co-presenter :
Joe Saward, A renowned and respected F1 Reporter :
Mervi Kallio, the presenter for Finnish TV MTV F1 :
Mara Sangiorgio, Sky Italia F1 Co-presenter :
The Folks at Do&Co, offering us great hospitality always :
Federica Masolin, Sky Sports F1 Italia Presenter :
On the way back to Mannheim :
It was a long but very enjoyable Saturday at the German Grand Prix. Saturday was good, Sunday should be even better!
I would like to thank the folks at Scuderia Ferrari F1 for the Hospitality extended to me over the weekend. A big thank you to Edge Global Events for the organizing of the passes.
A lot happened on the Sunday..will be documented soon!