At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, F1® Experiences hosted our inaugural race weekend full of smiles, drivers, and experiences unlike any other in F1® History. F1® Experiences is bringing racing fans closer to the excitement of Formula 1® through weekends spent in-tune with all aspects of a racing weekend. With the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix starting us off, we’ve recapped the entire weekend for you.
Thursday May 11th, 2017 | Pit Lane Walk & Drive The Track
Thursday began with a walk along the pit lane where guests peeked in on different team garages and learned about what it takes to have car and driver ready for racing weekends. During the walk, guests received a first-hand look at our brand-new F1® Experiences two-seater Formula 1® racecar. This exclusive ride is available to F1® Experiences guests through our concierge services. Fans also got a chance to meet current Renault driver Jolyon Palmer during their Pit Lane Walk!
After a stroll around the pit lane, guests were treated to a drive around the track on the F1® flatbed truck that drivers ride on during racing ceremonies. They experienced the track from a point-of-view most fans dream of witnessing. At the end of the drive the track tour, Marcus Ericsson made a surprise appearance and greeted the F1® Experiences guests. After a full day of F1® Experiences, our guest went back to their hotels for some rest and relaxation to prep for another day of the F1® life!
Friday May 12th, 2017 | Paddock Club Party & Paddock Tour w/ Podium Photo Op
Friday night began with a Paddock Club Party with culinary treats prepared by world-renowned Paddock Club chefs, beer and wine bars as well as other interactive elements of the party weekend. F1® Experiences also provided a meet-and-greet with current Renault driver Nico Hülkenberg. Our guests had an opportunity to chat, take some photos, and interact with Nico exclusively during the party.
Following the Paddock Club party, guests were entertained with a personal tour of the Paddock area where they got to tour the Pirelli Tyre Tent, Renault garage, and more. During the tour guests learned facts about the racing industry from current industry experts.
Saturday May 13th, 2017 | Qualifying
Saturday our F1® Experiences guests watched Saturday’s free practice and qualifying sessions where Lewis Hamilton took pole for the 64th time of his career. Current leader of the 2017 Drivers Championship, Sebastian Vettel took second with Valtteri Bottas coming in third for qualifying. All our guests were seated in prime locations around the track to witness the start of the racing weekend.
Sunday May 14th, 2017 | Race Day
The 2017 Spanish Grand Prix was breathtaking from start to finish, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel battling it out during the race. Mercedes’ Hamilton edged out Ferraris Vettel, who was 3.4 seconds behind, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo claiming his first podium of the season in third.
Where to next?
With a successful first F1® Experiences weekend under our belts, we’re excited to move forward to the rest of the racing season. F1® Experiences is on its way to Monaco for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix from May 25th – 28th. If you’re interested in learning more about F1® Experiences and how you can enjoy a racing weekend in style, visit our races page to purchase the racing experience of your dreams.