Blue skies and soaring temperatures, huge crowds and a festive atmosphere. Silverstone delivered another enthralling race as Sebastian Vettel took the win from local hero Lewis Hamilton. Here’s our highlights from the 2018 British Grand Prix.
Exclusive Pit Lane Walk, Drive the Track Tour & Photo Op with the Championship Trophies
We kicked off proceedings on Thursday with an Exclusive Pit Lane Walk for our Fan Experience guests. Highlights included pit stop practice from Mercedes and several driver spottings, including Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel. Next, we boarded the flat-top truck used for the F1® Drivers’ Parade for a lap of Silverstone as our expert guides talked about the challenge of conquering this high-speed circuit. Our guests finished a successful first day at the track by posing for photos with the World Championship trophies for drivers and constructors on the Main Straight.
Paddock Club Party with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne
Trophy and Hero Ticket Package holders were invited to the Formula One Paddock Club™ on Friday evening for a party with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne. A win for the Belgian football team over Brazil may have had something to do with Stoffel’s good spirits on the night! In addition to enjoying hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, our guests were also able to make the most of the interactive displays in the Paddock Club, including F1® simulators.
Insider Access to the F1® Paddock
After the Paddock Club Party, our event finished with a fascinating trip down the pit lane. This included stops at the McLaren garage, a closer look at the chosen Pirelli tyres for Britain and a meeting with Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer. Our guests also had their photo taken on the winner’s podium.
On Saturday and Sunday, we opened the Champions Club in the UTC Building on the National Pits Straight. With indoor seating and a vast rooftop viewing terrace, our guests watched the on-track action unfold as they enjoyed our signature hospitality. On Sunday morning, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button took some time out of his busy Silverstone weekend to pay us a special visit. After a Q&A with James O’Brien, Button signed autographs and posed for photos with our excited guests.
Guided Paddock Access
Our Champions Club, Premier, Paddock Club and Legend Ticket Package guests enjoyed guided access to the F1® Paddock over the weekend. Stops included the F1 Experiences 2-seater garage (see below), the media pen and a close-up look at Pirelli’s tyre compounds for 2018. Some of our guests were fortunate to get selfies with their favorite drivers, and we also chatted with F1’s Will Buxton, Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft, Claire Williams and 1995 British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert, among others!
F1® Experiences Two-Seater
Guests who purchased our Ultimate Legend Package were treated to the experience of a lifetime; two laps around Silverstone in the F1® Experiences 2-seater car! (It’s not too late to join us for your own ride at the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26-29. Learn more here.) Several guests also jumped at the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat, and we also learned more about the cars from team manager Keith Wiggins.
Formula One Paddock Club™
In the modern Silverstone Wing complex above the pits, our Paddock Club guests enjoyed the comforts of the F1® Experiences suite over the weekend, including gourmet food and drinks. Our Legend guests also paid a special visit to the podium for a photo on Saturday, enjoyed one-day access to the F1 Paddock and then closed out the weekend in style with a privileged viewing position for the post-race podium celebrations.
On Saturday, Lewis Hamilton took a hard-fought pole position before all eyes turned to the big screens dotted around the circuit, where England scored a popular win against Sweden in football’s World Cup quarter finals in Russia. So far, so good. With 140,000 fans at the track on race day (and a combined 340,000 over the weekend), the stage was set for a big finish to the weekend when the race began at ten minutes past 2pm on Sunday afternoon. The partisan crowd may not have got the result they wanted, but they were treated to a gripping race that saw Lewis Hamilton recover from a first lap tangle with Kimi Räikkönen to finish in second place behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.