Formula 1® returned to Germany for the first time in two years last weekend and our guests were there to witness an epic race as Lewis Hamilton carved his way through the field, with a little help from the rain gods, to win in dramatic fashion. Here’s our highlights from the Hockenheimring!
Drive the Track Tour, Exclusive Pit Lane Walk & Photo with the Championship Trophies
What better way to orient yourself with this classic circuit than by driving a couple of laps on the back of a flatbed truck? That’s how a big German Grand Prix weekend started for our guests, as F1® Experiences’ expert guides talked about how to drive a perfect lap of the Hockenheimring. After posing on the Main Straight with the authentic Championship trophies awarded to drivers and constructors each year, we also spent some time in the pit lane, where we watched the Mercedes team practicing their pit stops and got a close-up look as the teams prepared their cars for a weekend of racing.
Insider Access to the Formula 1 Paddock
On early Friday evening, our Trophy and Hero Ticket Package guests gathered at our meeting point for Insider Access to the F1® Paddock. Fortuitously, our meeting point was located very close to the building where the F1 drivers’ briefing was being held as we got up close and personal with all 20 drivers as they returned to the paddock! In Germany, our Insider Access tour included photos on top of the podium, a look at the cool down room and a chat about the incredible logistics of moving Formula 1® around the world with Christian Pollhammer. We also met with Safety Car Driver Bernd Mayländer and got to inspect his 585 horsepower Mercedes AMG GT R, visited the Pirelli tyre center and took a close-up look at a Porsche Supercup race car with ex-driver Sam Power.
Paddock Club™ Party with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne
Our guests had definitely earned a drink after a long, hot day at the track, so we headed upstairs to the luxurious surrounds of the Formula One Paddock Club™ for our signature Friday night party. Soon enough, we were joined by our guest of honour, Stoffel Vandoorne from McLaren, who talked about his unlikely trajectory into Formula 1® and the challenges of driving this year’s McLaren. Vandoorne was happy to pose for some photos with our guests, including a couple of superfans who had travelled all the way from China to meet him!
With our signature hospitality in the Monte Carlo suite opposite the pits and a seat in the Main Grandstand above, our Champions Club guests enjoyed the best of both worlds at the Hockenheimring. On race morning, we welcomed ex-F1® driver Karun Chandhok from India, who shared some of his unique insights from racing in everything from Formula 1® to Le Mans and Formula E. With a direct view of the post-race race celebrations, our guests were certainly happy to have a roof over their head as the heavens opened just as Lewis Hamilton took to the podium to celebrate an unlikely victory!
Meeting the Stars of Formula 1®
We had plenty of opportunities to meet the drivers on German Grand Prix weekend. In addition to meeting all twenty drivers before our Insider Access tour on Friday, our Paddock Club™ and Champions Club guests were taken on a guided tour of the Formula 1® Paddock. Many guests took this opportunity to get photos, selfies and autographs with drivers, team bosses and media personalities. A bonus for guests who had booked the ACHAT hotel near the circuit with F1® Experiences was the presence of many F1 drivers staying in their hotel. We had multiple encounters in the lobby and the breakfast room with drivers including Fernando Alonso, Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, just to name a few!