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Hamilton vs Verstappen – It’s going to the wire

FORMULA1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021

The 2021 Formula 1 championship so far has been one of the most exciting, turbulent and nail-biting to date. Mercedes have dominated the Drivers and Constructors Championship for many years, but can a fully motivated Red Bull team finally take back the coveted crown of World Champions?

 

Bottas dominates in Turkey

Valtteri Bottas claimed a wire-to-wire victory, described by himself as one of his best ever as he dominated the field in tricky conditions in Istanbul. The ever-changing drivers championship outlook took another turn as Verstappen claimed 2nd position and jumped ahead of Hamilton once more, who could only manage 5th after starting from the 11th with an engine penalty.

 

Slippery Sochi

Proceedings were looking great after qualifying for the British drivers. A rare pole for McLaren’s Lando Norris, a surprising Q3 for Williams’ star man George Russell and Hamilton cementing a disappointing 4th place qualification. Things were not looking so great for Red Bull’s title charge with Sergio Perez’s’ 9th place start, but most of all Max Verstappen who started at the very back of the grid due to exceeding his quota of power unit components. Would this be the race that Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton sped away from Red Bull and Verstappen in the title challenge?

The lights went out in a wet Sochi and away they went. The two McLaren’s got off to an electric start around the first few corners, many were thinking, could they replicate their famous one two which they achieved in Monza earlier in the season? Norris led the majority of the Grand Prix, and many believed he was on his way to his first ever winner’s podium. The rain started to lash down at the Sochi Autodrom. Teams warned their drivers to come into the pits to change their tires to suit the slippery conditions. With Lando leading the race he was adamant that he wanted to stay on the track and get the race wrapped up and who could blame the relatively inexperienced driver with four laps to go? Verstappen however took full advantage, picking off drivers and making his way through the pack. The stage was set for an enticing last four laps.

The inevitable then happened, the slippery surface and unsuitable tires sent Norris skidding off the track. Hamilton surged past into pole position with a determined Max Verstappen behind him, making his way from the back of the grid. Lando and McLaren will be ruing this decision which will have surely seen him take the top spot in Sochi.

 

A New Champion?

Arriving in Formula 1 as the youngest competitor, Max Verstappen started his career at what was known as Toro Rosso at the time and since then grabbed the bull by the horns and got his move to Red Bull. Max became the youngest race winner at the age of only 18 years and 228 days old. He won the Barcelona Grand Prix in 2016 with a confident but controlled drive. Since then, Max has gone on to claim 53 podiums with 17 of those being in 1st position.

With Red Bulls last driver and constructer titles coming in 2013, they are desperate to reclaim the title and with Max at the helm, they strongly believe they can do this. As it stands, Hamilton leads the way with only two points separating the pair. With seven races to go many believe it is going to go right down to the wire. The last man to lift the driver’s championship for Red Bull was Sebastian Vettel. Christian Horner, the Red Bull principal will be hoping Max can replicate this come the end of the season.

One race that sticks in the memory of Red Bull was the famous Monaco Grand Prix. This was a pivotal race, and one in which excelled Verstappen to the top of the driver’s championship for the first time in his career.

The Monaco Grand Prix is the race that F1 fans all over the world look forward to. It has a unique combination of tradition, ambiance and historical value. In my opinion no other race compares to Monaco, wedged between the natural beauty of the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alps it could not be in a better location. The streets of Monaco are filled with eager spectators and many watching from state-of-the-art yachts.

 

The Future of F1

The future of Formula 1 is in safe hands, especially from a British point of view. Two drivers who have majorly impressed over the last couple of seasons are Lando Norris and George Russell. Lando has consistently provided points for McLaren and Russell is dubbed to be the new poster boy for Mercedes when he makes the move from Williams at the end of the season. With Lando currently sitting in fourth position in the championships, it shows he has the potential to be at the top with the right car under him. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr in the famous Ferraris are also showing very competitive form and will be hoping that their package in 2022 will spark more podiums and race wins.

 

2022 British Grand Prix

One of the biggest events of the yearly calendar is Silverstone and you can be there with Engage. We have a number of packages available including the following Silverstone Live hospitality:

  • Exclusive suite inside the track
  • Trackside terrace
  • Ticket including inner track access and Woodcote terraces
  • Premium grandstand seating
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Gourmet lunch grazing menu
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary premium bar
  • Official programme
  • VIP hostess service
  • Guest speakers from the motorsport world
  • Super Screen viewing
  • Personal Silverstone radio
  • Reserved hospitality parking
  • Close to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Support Paddocks
  • Prize draw for signed memorabilia

Register your interest for the 2022 British Grand Prix Today

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The Autumn Internationals are back!

2021 Autumn Internationals

A New Era Emerging

Saturday November 6th is when the gates of Twickenham will open for England’s opening Autumn International against Tonga. The Autumn Nations Cup covered the difficult 2020, pandemic struck season but we are back to the original format that we all know and love. The last meeting between England and Tonga was in a pool match in the 2019 World Cup, ending up in a mauling of Tonga, as England overcame them with a 35-3 win. The two sides have only met 3 times with England maintaining a 100% record against Tonga.

With the Autumn internationals at Twickenham approaching, there will be many rugby fans who feel a new era of players need to be introduced. With Australia and South Africa proving significantly difficult challenges, it will be an ideal scenario to test some of the emerging England players.

One of the players who has been knocking on the door for England, is Harlequins Number 8 Alex Dombrandt. Dombrandt forced his way into England’s training squad for the 2019 World Cup but narrowly missed out on a spot in the final squad. Eddie Jones believes we haven’t seen the best of Alex yet. He stated, there is no limit on where he can go as a player because he’s got some special skills. (https://www.planetrugby.com/no-limit-to-number-eight-alex-dombrandt-potential-says-england-head-coach-eddie-jones-ahead-of-international-rugby-test-against-canada/)

 

2019 Rugby World Cup Reminder

The 2019 Rugby World Cup final was a game that many Rugby fans across the globe were anticipating. England’s last hurdle to becoming World Champions was to overcome the challenge of the Springboks. With an encouraging triumph over the All blacks in the semi-final, England went into the final with the belief they could get past a tricky South Africa side and lift the World Cup trophy come the end of a gruelling 80 minutes.

Owen Farrell led out a particularly relaxed England side under the lights at a full Nissan stadium in Yokohama, Japan. National anthems sung, nicety’s out the way, it was time for these two teams to go to war. South Africa got proceedings under way with a huge kick from Handre Pollard. It took South Africa 10 minutes to get their first points on the board. A sloppy penalty given away by England allowed South Africa a kick at goal, which a sharp shooting Pollard took professionally. After England taking a battering in the first 20 minutes, nerves were settled as Farrell converted a much-needed penalty. After a back and forth of penalty conversions, something had to give. The score was 12-6 in the favor of the Springboks going into half time.

Eddie Jones needed to rally his England troops and give them the belief and desire that they could overcome the well-organized South African’s. As the clock hit 60 minutes South Africa led 18-12, then came the decisive moment. A string of clever passes led to pacey winger Makazole Mapimpi breaking the England line and scoring the first try of the final. It was always going to be an uphill battle for England from here. To pour salt into England wound’s, South Africa yet again broke past a helpless England line to glide over the try line making it 32-12. South Africa had made it their third Rugby World Cup win. England will look to avenge their loss to South Africa on 20th November as they take them on in their last Autumn International of 2021.

The question since then is how will England bounce back from this and who do we look to now?

 

Six Nations Reminder

Since 1882 the Six nations as we know it today originally started out as ‘The home nations’. France joined England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland in 1910 to make it the 5 nations, with Italy completing the 6 nations in 200.

The Six Nations is a staple in the sporting calendar and continues to produce excitement, unpredictability and quality Rugby, year after year. England’s Six Nations campaign kicks off at Murrayfield where they face an ever-improving Scotland side. It’s not till February 26th that England play their first match at Twickenham. The roar around an expected sell-out crowd at the home of Rugby will hopefully give England that extra push to get over the line against current holders Wales.

Last year’s Six Nations was nothing short of disappointing from an England perspective. After 2020’s first placed finish, England plummeted to finishing 5th in 2021. England started their campaign by losing narrowly to an ever-improving Scotland side at Twickenham. Win’s came against Italy and France, with loses to the other two nations.

The expectation going into the 2022 Six Nations is much greater, with new talent emerging, dead wood offloaded and a confident Eddie Jones, who knows the heights England can reach.

Never miss a moment at Twickenham this Autumn. Availability for hospitality at Twickenham is always limited, but please enquire below for the possibility of attending the much-anticipated England fixtures.

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Emma Raducanu – What’s in store for 2022?

Like Leicester in the Premier League in 2016 or Greece in the Euro’s in 2006, sport conjures up some unfathomable moments that you wouldn’t dare to dream of. But the reason you attend and love sport is that the unexpected can happen and anything is possible at the start of a match, tournament or league.

The latest is Emma Raducanu, the incredible teenager who thoroughly deserved and outplayed her opponents through her three week journey, which included a number of qualifiers to win the US Open. She became the first qualifier in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam final, eventually winning it against fellow young star Leylah Fernandez, without dropping a set the entire tournament.

Raducanu’s performance at The Championships, Wimbledon in 2021 bought her plenty of media spotlight as she battled her way to the fourth round, a huge jump from any of her achievements in her young career. Unfortunately she retired against Ajla Tomljanovic at Wimbledon due to a mixture of exhaustion and health issues, but it was a clear sign of what was to come from the Bromley player.

This major breakthrough for British sport has added a new fire into tennis in the country and 2022 could be an outstanding year for Raducanu. With that in mind, we have recently gone on sale for Wimbledon 2022 and demand is already extremely high for the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament. 

 

The Championships, Wimbledon 2022

Wimbledon tickets and hospitality are highly sought after as thousands flock to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club to see history being made. We offer packages in the Rosewater Pavilion, Lawn Hospitality, Skyview Suites and the new facility, the Treehouse Hospitality.

The Lawn

The Lawn is a spacious facility offering award-winning official hospitality at The Championships, Wimbledon. Here, you’ll be immersed in the relaxed atmosphere on a private table for you and your guests, where you’ll enjoy an à la carte menu designed and prepared by renowned chefs Michel Roux Jr. and daughter Emily Roux.

Throughout the day you can soak up the glorious sunshine in the garden, whilst sipping on bespoke cocktails and being serenaded by live musicians. Once play commences on court, the action is just a short walk away.

Rosewater Pavilion

Rosewater Pavilion is our award-winning, premium+ official hospitality experience at The Championships, Wimbledon offering private tables for 2-12 guests, relaxed informal lounges and private areas.

Beautifully landscaped gardens, subtle floral touchpoints, and British-inspired four course à la carte food and drinks menus personify the theme of tennis in an English garden, all making for an unforgettable experience. Plus, in keeping with our Best of British theme, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a former British tennis celebrity.

Conveniently located within the Grounds, Rosewater Pavilion also offers you and your guests a stunning outdoor terrace with views towards Centre Court. And once play commences on Centre Court, you have just a short stroll to take your allocated courtside seats.

Skyview Suites Hospitality

The Skyview Suites offer the most luxurious, official hospitality experience at The Championships, Wimbledon, allowing you to entertain your most discerning guests in a private setting, within Centre Court.

Each suite caters for 10 or 20 guests, with a private balcony offering a unique vantage point above the crowds. You’ll also benefit from a concierge service, chauffeur, and a personal hostess will be on-hand to ensure every detail is covered for an unforgettable experience. When the tennis action commences, you can move seamlessly from entertaining guests in your suite to your prime-location Centre Court seats, just seconds away.

To complete this award-winning official tennis hospitality package, you’ll enjoy gourmet products synonymous with Wimbledon such as vintage Champagne, afternoon tea, strawberries and cream, as well as fine wines and a four-course à la carte menu.

The Treehouse Hospitality

The Treehouse is a brand new official hospitality experience available for the first 10 days of The Championships, Wimbledon 2022. 

Perched above The Lawn, The Treehouse offers a range of informal, unreserved seating areas, designed to give you the freedom to enjoy your day at your own pace. Vibrant interiors, cantilever balconies overlooking the garden (also accessible to guests) and luxurious furnishings add to the informal, immersive experience.

A roaming menu of gourmet small plates from Tom Sellers, Chef Patron of 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Story will be served throughout the day, and live cooking displays and DJs will heighten the experiential, lively atmosphere. Your Centre Court or No.1 Court seats are a short walk away, reserved for the day, so you can catch the world-class tennis whenever you are ready.

British Tennis

The United Kingdom historically has always been associated with tennis and classy tennis hospitality with Wimbledon showcasing the most iconic tournament in the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we hold a long list of singles Grand Slam legends, especially in the post-war era. The women’s game have had success in the 60’s and 70’s with Ann Haydon, Virginia Wade and Sue Barker picking up 7 Grand Slam’s between them. But finally, British tennis has a new superstar as Emma Raducanu sensationally won the US Open in 2021 against all the odds, coming through the qualifiers and not even dropping a set! The wait for a men’s singles British Grand Slam champion in recent times was even longer with Fred Perry’s dominance in the 1930’s the last successful period to admire. Scotland’s Andy Murray made history when he finally secured the US Open title in 2012 before his memorable Wimbledon triumph in 2013 against Novak Djokovic. Both moments when people will forever ask ‘where were you when…’.

Order of Play

It’s an incredible day out at Wimbledon and with 14 days of play this year, there are plenty of opportunities to see the best players in the world in action. The dates for the Championships, Wimbledon 2022 are:

  • Mon 27 Jun – First Round
  • Tues 28 Jun – First Round
  • Wed 29 Jun – Second Round
  • Thu 30 Jun – Second Round
  • Fri 1 Jul – Third Round
  • Sat 2 Jul – Third Round
  • Sun 3 Jul – Round of 16
  • Mon 4 Jul – Round of 16
  • Tue 5 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Wed 6 Jul – Quarterfinals
  • Thu 7 Jul – Ladies’ semi-finals
  • Fri 8 Jul – Gentlemen’s semi-finals
  • Sat 9 Jul – Ladies’ Final
  • Sun 10 Jul – Gentlemen’s final

While we sell official hospitality to The Championships, we are not an authorised hospitality provider to the AELTC or The Championships, we are an authorised re-seller of the Official Exclusive Hospitality Provider to The Championships.

Wimbledon Authorised Reseller