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A titanic battle has begun in F1 2021 – Hamilton vs Verstappen


Hamilton vs Verstappen

The first two races of the 2021 F1 season has set the scene beautifully as the wishes of fans has come true, with Mercedes and Red Bull looking equally matched in performance. Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull continue to show their dominance over their respective teammates and in both races, have been fighting each other for the race win. Lewis and Mercedes have dominated f1 for 7 seasons in a row but finally Red Bull appear to have clawed back the performance back.

The first two races of the season, in Bahrain and Imola have been littered with drama, overtakes and wheel-to-wheel action throughout the grid. With the turbo era of f1 cars ending in 2021, it’s looking like fans around the world are getting the perfect send off, ready for a major reset in 2022.

This has only increased the interest and demand for the British Grand Prix in July as fans are desperate to see Lewis Hamilton win his 8th and record breaking world championship, but with Verstappen and Red Bull as major contenders every point is going to make the difference. After two races it’s Lewis Hamilton on 44 points and Max Verstappen on 43 points. Join us for one of the most eagerly anticipated racing battles this century by booking official Engage Live hospitality at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

Race 1 – Bahrain

With Australia taking a new slot on the calendar due to covid-19, Bahrain got the opportunity to host the curtain raiser and with limited practice time, fans were excited to see the performance of their favourite teams. Verstappen qualified on pole and led throughout the first stint of the race, with Hamilton patiently waiting a few seconds behind. With Valtteri Bottas sitting in third, the Mercedes duo were able to split their tyre strategy and force Verstappen into a difficult pit stop decision. Hamilton pitted early, performed the undercut and was ahead of Verstappen on track for the middle part of the race.

The action continued down the field with strong performances from Lando Norris in the Mclaren and Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari whilst Yuki Tsunoda earnt some debut points in the AlphaTauri. But the final few laps of this grand prix was one of the most exciting battles in recent memory. Hamilton had the lead of the grand prix but with ageing tyres, Verstappen was closing in on him comfortably every lap. On lap 53 of 56 Max was right behind Lewis and as the Brit went wide and missed the apex , it looked to be an inevitable overtake for the Dutch superstar.

Verstappen got the job done, but secured the pass off track and the team decided to give Hamilton the place back quickly, to give Max the remainder of the race to try and secure the win. But the defence and tyre management from Hamilton was exemplary in the last few laps, typical of the 7 time world champion and somehow he managed to take the chequered flag and win the first race of the season.

Not only was this an excellent on-track battle, but the race was determined by the strategies of both teams as pit stop time and tyre wear was crucial. Mercedes won the battle but the war was just beginning and the anticipated close rivalry was confirmed in race 2.

Race 2 – Imola

This time it was Lewis Hamilton who squeezed into pole position against the two Red Bulls, but that lead only last a couple of seconds on race day as Verstappen from third got an incredible start and blasted past Hamilton and Perez to take the lead. From then on Verstappen expertly controlled the race in tricky wet conditions but behind him it was chaotic, especially for Hamilton who on lap 32 stuck the car in the gravel to lap George Russell in the Williams. He managed to reverse the car into the sand and on the same lap, an almighty crash occurred between Bottas and Russell who collided at full speed, forcing a red flag to temporarily halt the race.

This gave Hamilton and others the chance to patch up some bodywork and go again. The Brit managed to battle his way through the field and secure an incredible 2nd place finish. Lando Norris continued his impressive start to the season by finishing third, his second podium in his short f1 career. The race was full of spins, crashes, daring overtakes and difficult tyre decisions as the track dried up in the final stint of the grand prix. Verstappen did the damage on lap one and further enforced his status as one of the best drivers on the grid.

What’s next? – Portuguese GP

The third race of the season is at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal on Sunday 02 May. If it’s half as exciting as the first two races, we are in for another brilliant race and chapter in the 2021 F1 season.

When is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone?

The British Grand Prix will be taking place on 16-18 July. We are have our incredible Engage Live Package for you and the package details are as follows:

  • 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 2021 British Grand Prix today!

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Fans welcomed back to Wembley

FA Cup Semi Finals

Fans welcomed back to Wembley

We are delighted to see that Wembley Stadium are continuing to be part of an important step with getting fans back into stadiums in relation to the ongoing pandemic. The first step for the government’s plan to get the country back to normal has been met on April, 12th allowing outdoor hospitality to begin to trade aligned with strict measures to help reduce any possible spread of covid-19.

The home of football, Wembley Stadium is being used as a key venue to pilot certain methods of fan safety for major events.

Leicester v Southampton – FA Cup Semi Final – 18 April – 4,000 fans

The first trial comes this weekend as 4,000 local Brent residents and NHS staff will be in attendance for an FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley, the first outdoor sporting event to have spectators in 2021. The match is hugely important for both Leicester and Southampton who will be desperate to get to the final, especially Leicester who haven’t even been to a semi final in 39 years. Southampton were winners back in 1976 and made a semi final appearance against Chelsea in 2018, losing 2-0.

Tottenham v Man City – Carabao Cup Final – 25 April – 8,000 fans

Tottenham and Man City will each receive an allocation of 2000 fans who will be able to attend the first domestic cup final of the season. There will also be an extra 4,000 fans allocated between local residents and NHS staff. The lucky final attendees will be asked to take a lateral flow test 24 hours prior to kick-off as well as two PCR tests before and after the game at home.

Man City are continuing to hunt down the possibility of a quadruple and will go into the final as heavy favourites, whilst Tottenham are looking for their first silverware since 2008, having lost their previous two League Cup finals.

FA Cup Final – 15 May – 21,000 fans

The FA will look to almost triple the amount of fans in attendance for the FA Cup final a few weeks later at the final stage of event pilot testing at the home of football. This will be played against the winners of Chelsea v Man City & Leicester v Southampton. The expectation is that this event will include an increased number of club fans, which will be hugely important in building an atmosphere for what is regarded as the great cup final in domestic world football.

Euro 2020 at Wembley – A minimum of 22,500 fans

Although 21 June is when the proposed final step of the governments plan comes to light and stadiums should be able to be full, England’s first group game against Croatia takes place on 13 June. Wembley have announced that a minimum of 25% capacity (22,500) is expected throughout the tournament, including the semi finals and finals. It could be an unforgettable summer for the country and we sincerely hope that the pilot events are passed successfully and safely, guiding us back to normality.

What Hospitality Packages are available at Wembley?

We continue to be in contact with Wembley and will update you when we have news. In the meantime, please do get in touch on 0207 048 4848 to discuss any of our future opportunities or register your interest on your desired event and we will get back to you as soon as possible with up-to-date information.

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NFL commits to at least 4 international matches a year

The NFL continues to expand internationally

The NFL has made some significant announcements over the past couple of weeks that will effect the league domestically and importantly for fans around the world, internationally.

The league has finally confirmed that from 2021, the season will be expanded from 16 to 17 fixtures. Although the players might not be best pleased, the money making move has allowed games to continue to be played around the world, reducing the disapproval of diehard US fans.

It is now confirmed that at least 4 games a season will be played internationally, with all 32 teams making a trip abroad at least once every 8 years. (the Packers are the only NFL team to not have played in London)

Currently the beautiful Tottenham Hotspur stadium has a contract to deliver two matches a season until 2025 and talks are ongoing to bring the Jaguars back to Wembley Stadium once more. Mexico will continue to try and host more matches, their first coming in 2017, whilst Germany and Canada have been touted as possible venues in the future.

What’s happening in the UK in 2021?

News is slowly starting to filter out with regards to matches going ahead in the UK, but a cautious approach is being set by the NFL with covid playing a major factor of course. Normally the matches and tickets would be sold out by now, so a major rush for places including hospitality is to be expected when fixtures are confirmed, especially if there is a reduced capacity.

As mentioned above the Tottenham Hotspur stadium should be hosting two matches in the Autumn and Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have confirmed their attendance, having not been to the capital since 2014. Speculation of their opponent continues with 5 teams including the Eagles and the Patriots likely, due to the fact that it is not a divisional match up.

Wembley Stadium has a strong chance of picking up another match this year as the stadium has proven it’s ability to successfully hold games over a number of years. Twickenham has also been a part of the NFL international series and may play apart in the schedule going forward.

Register Your Interest and be the first to hear

Now is the time for you to ensure that you have the best opportunity to be a part of the first ever 17 game NFL season in 2021. All you need to do is register your interest and we will update you as soon as we have confirmation of the schedule and what hospitality packages are available. There will be an extremely high demand for this series so we strongly encourage you to take that step now and be ahead of the queue before it’s too late.

We will do our best to accommodate in the possible venues and our ICON hospitality facilities at Wembley and Twickenham will certainly be available if any matches are held there.

We also have the opportunity to accommodate you for Superbowl LVI! The greatest show in sports will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Feb 13, a week back from normal due to the increased amount of games. Register your interest for that event today.

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