F1® Experiences’ guests had an unforgettable weekend and gave our clients some memories that they will cherish forever. Complete with exclusive access, F1® Experiences is bringing race fans closer to the action than ever before, with behind the scenes access, pit lane walks, driving tours of the track, driver meet-and-greets and more.
Pit Lane Walk & Drive the Track Tour
Our guests weekend was kicked off by a pit lane walk and driving tour of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which took place on Thursday evening. Taking in the pit lane walk first, guests got an inside look into team garages as engineers and mechanics put the final touches on the cars for what was sure to be a testing weekend of racing action. With the cars in touching distance, teams also ran some practice pit stops, team principals talked tactics, and some drivers, including Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and hometown favorite Lance Stroll made an appearance in the pit lane to put their own final touches on their respective cars. Luckily for some of our guests, both drivers were on hand to sign some autographs and pose for pictures.
Following the excitement of the pit lane walk and getting to see the teams up close and personal, our guests boarded a flatbed truck. Here, they were taken on a guided tour of the track from senior members of the Paddock, who talked our guests through the undulations of the track and every corner from a drivers’ perspective.
Paddock & Track Tour, Paddock Club Party with Jacques Villeneuve Meet-And Greet
Friday kicked off with two practice sessions, which saw Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen go quickest. With many drivers struggling to find grip on the track, Raikkonen clocked an impressive 1:12.935, two-tenths ahead of Lewis Hamilton and teammate Sebastian Vettel further back.
Following practice, guests embarked on an unforgettable tour of the Paddock and pit lane area. Taking in each team garage, the tour was led by F1® journalist Luc Domenjoz-Mayor, a veteran of some 517 Grand Prix’s in an illustrious career dating back to 1984. Once again, guests got an up close a look at team garages as final preparations were made to the cars ahead of qualifying. Christian Pollhammer, FOM’s coordinator, was on-hand to describe to guests the routine of race days and obligations of drivers before they climb the podium. Formula 1’s® Safety Car Driver, Bernd Mayländer, also gave in-detail description of his job, and his own career up to that point.
From here, our guests got to achieve what many can only dream of and climb aboard the famed F1® podium for an unforgettable podium op. Shortly afterwards, we were led to the media center nearby and press conference area, where international media congregate.
Geoff Simmonds, Renault’s Team Coordinator, delighted many of our guests by inviting us into his team’s garage and give a breakdown of what it takes to run a team and how many people it entails. As his mechanics worked on Nico Hulkeberg’s and Joylon Palmer’s cars, our guests were just inches away from the Renault R.E. 17.
In an evening and tour filled with incredible insight from some of the sport’s leading figures, the Pirelli tyre tent, supplier of all team’s tyre needs, was our next port of call. Massimiliano “Max” Damiani, gave guests a detailed description of how many tyres are used per race weekend, team requests/needs, and the incredible cost per tyre!
Topping off a truly incredible evening, our guests took their seats in the famed Paddock Club where they were served fine dining cuisine and drinks. 1997 F1® World Champion Jacques Villeneuve entered the party, where he mingled with our guests. He talked about his own career, from the highs of winning a world title, to the current roster and who he rates on this year’s grid. Villeneuve, originally from Montreal, also posed for pictures with clients and answered any racing-related questions they had.
Qualifying & Race Day Action
Saturday saw an incredible driving performance by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, producing a record-breaking lap time of 1:11.459 to claim pole ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, with teammate Valtteri Bottas in third.
When it came to the race action, Hamilton was at his mesmeric best as he claimed his sixth win in Montreal. Controlling the race from start to finish, with teammate Valtteri Bottas completing a Mercedes’ one-two, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel saw his lead cut to 12 points as he could only manage a fourth-place finishing following damage to his front wing on the opening lap.
A weekend of non-stop action and exclusive access, F1® Experiences guests had an unforgettable experience and made memories that will last a lifetime. With access to races worldwide, you can experience F1® like never before through F1® Experiences. Official Ticket Packages include driving tours of the track, driver meet-and-greets, pit lane walks, Paddock Club parties and more! For more information, visit F1Experiences.com, or call 1.888.326.5430 to be contacted by an F1 Experiences Sales Representative for this once in a lifetime racing experience.