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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

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Max Verstappen surges to the front of the World Championship

Max Verstappen wins Monaco Grand Prix

2021 Monaco Grand Prix

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Uneventful for the fans but hugely significant in the Drivers and Constructors Championship, the 2021 Monaco Grand Prix may have just played a pivotal role in Max Verstappen’s F1 Career.

After Charles Leclerc unfortunately couldn’t sit on the grid in pole position due to his damaged gearbox in qualifying, Verstappen led from the front and cruised to an easy victory in Monaco, his first win at the historic circuit. But what happened behind would have arguably given him the widest smile as Mercedes had one of their worst weekends in recent memory.

Lewis Hamilton qualified in 7th place for Mercedes and never showed any pace to trouble his rivals. Having spent the first stint behind Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri, Lewis and the team chose the undercut to try and force his way up the field but his first lap on fresh tyres wasn’t enough to secure the overtake. Gasly reacted, stayed ahead and with overtaking so difficult at the Monaco, it was the end of his challenge for major points.

Valtteri Bottas sat behind Verstappen on the grid and in the race struggled with grip with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr beginning to close the gap in the first stint. Bottas’ routine pit stop ended in disaster though as the right-front wheelgun machined away the thread of the stub axle so the mechanics couldn’t remove the wheel, forcing the Finn to retire.

Sainz then finished second, comfortably Ferrari’s most promising performance of the season whilst Lando Norris continued with his excellent form and once again justified his new Mclaren contract with another podium. Other notable performances came from Sebastian Vettel, finishing in 5th for the Aston Martin and Antonio Giovinazzi secured Alpha Romeo their first point of the season in 10th.

This is the most significant opportunity for Verstappen and Red Bull to truly compete with Mercedes to win a Championship and break the Merc stranglehold on formula one.

 

2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku never fails to disappoint. The new fans favourite of Formula 1 delivered another classic with the 4th version of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in producing drama up until the last minute. Max Verstappen was leading the race when a tyre blow up forced the Dutchman straight into the barriers and a certain 25 points completely lost. This enforced a red flag with just three laps remaining and Lewis Hamilton had a golden chance to take back the World Championship lead. Restarting in second, Hamilton jumped Perez into the first corner, only to mistakenly touch a brake related switch that gave the Mercedes man no front breaks and straight on into the run off area and back out in last place.

This game Sergio Perez his first win with Red Bull, followed by Seb Vettel in Aston Martin’s first ever podium finish and finally Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri continuing his strong form for the team. A memorable race but one that didn’t alter the battle between the two front runners in 2021.

Drivers Championship

Max Verstappen continues to hold the lead of the 2021 Formula One Drivers Championship by four points. Max sits on 105 points while Lewis Hamilton is on 101 points. Sergio Perez has jumped Lando Norris to third with his win at Azerbaijan, with 69 points. Full Drivers Championship is available here.

Lando Norris Mclaren Monaco

2022 Monaco Grand Prix

We’re already looking ahead to next year’s formula one calendar and the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix looks set to be high in demand and an amazing occasion. With a new era of formula one car debuting in 2022, the grid is likely to be shook up and the cars have been designed so that it should be easier to follow and therefore overtake in the turbulent air.

We have a number of packages available at Monaco including a brand new weekend Yacht VIP experience that is the perfect way to watch one of the most sought after events in the motor sport calendar. There is no better way to view this demanding street race than from the deck of our incredible 31m Super Yacht moored on Tabac Corner.

Our yacht packages include outstanding hospitality from the moment guests step on board our luxurt tenders from Fontvielle harbour.

Trackside Super Yacht Weekend

  • 31m Super Yacht moored on Tabac Corner
  • 3-night stay and the 4* Beau Rivage Nice with breakfast (double occupancy)

Friday Night Yacht Party

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  • Delicious finger food & canapés

Saturday and Sunday Super Yacht Hospitality

  • Morning pastries and welcome coffee
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Now is the perfect time to secure your package at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. There’s nothing like it in terms of a VIP, glamorous experience in sport.

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

FORMULA1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021

Hamilton vs Verstappen

Interested in British Grand Prix? Full details at the bottom of the article

The first four 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 all four 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 four races of the season 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 four races it’s Lewis Hamilton on 94 points and Max Verstappen on 80 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.

Race 3 and 4 – Hamilton Surges Clear

Two incredible performance from Mercedes and Hamilton have pushed the current world champions into pole position in the constructors championship. The highlight was in Spain, where a beautiful tactical display saw Hamilton pit twice, instead of Verstappen’s one pit stop and the man from Stevenage eventually cruised part the Dutchman on very weak tyres.

It was the first indication that Red Bull need Sergio Perez to step up and support Max, with Bottas recently playing an important role in splitting strategies and forcing Verstappen into a move. His race pace and craft has been strong, but ultimately his disappointing qualifying performances have left the team scratching their heads.

What’s next? – Monaco GP

The fifth race of the season is at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday 23 May. If it’s half as exciting as the first four races, we are in for another brilliant race and chapter in the 2021 F1 season. You can check out and book our 2022 packages today.

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

The weekend looks set to host the first ever Sprint Race on Saturday, where three points can be won in a short lap race with places determined by normal qualifying that has been pushed to Friday.

Register your interest for the 2021 British Grand Prix today!