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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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Max Verstappen surges to the front of the World Championship

Max Verstappen wins Monaco Grand Prix

2021 Monaco Grand Prix

Secure your spot at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix by registering your interest today or attend the 2021 British Grand Prix here

 

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

  • Live Music, Singer and DJ
  • Complimentary bar, including Champagne, beers, wines, spirits and cocktails
  • Delicious finger food & canapés

Saturday and Sunday Super Yacht Hospitality

  • Morning pastries and welcome coffee
  • Inclusive bar including Champagne
  • Pre-lunch canapes & Gourmet Buffet Lunch
  • Sunday Pre-Race Q&A with F1 Celebrity
  • Unrivalled view and atmosphere on the 3 decks opposite Tabac Corner
  • VIP Tender transfers from Fontvielle harbour, Cap D’ail or Meridian Hotel

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.

Register your interest for the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix Today

 

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F1 Silverstone Hospitality

FORMULA1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2021

F1 Silverstone Hospitality

Silverstone has an historic and iconic association with the British Grand Prix and attending an event at this famous track is a once in a lifetime opportunity. As Lewis Hamilton looks to finally confirm his GOAT racing status, we take a look at the beautiful circuit and how you can watch the British Grand Prix in style in 2021.

The History of Silverstone

The history of the Silverstone race circuit is a fascinating story driven by post war desires to bring racing back to the forefront of sporting entertainment for Britain and the rest of the world. The abandoned airfield of Silverstone were a perfect location, being in the centre of the country and having enough space to hold hundreds of thousands to view and enjoy Silverstone hospitality.

In 1948, farmer James Wilson Brown was given just two months by the RAC to turn this now famous race track into something tenable for exciting racing. Luigi Villoresi, the Italian won in his Maserati and on that day Silverstone took it’s place in motorsport history.

The development of Silverstone Hospitality – 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s

As early as 1951, the fans view and experience was prioritised as the RAC handed the lease over to the British Racing Drivers Club to develop the venue and compete with the best in the world. Stands were built and customers were able to secure priority viewing, the first real example of Silverstone hospitality.

Silverstone hosted the first F1 World Championship in the 50s and has since been a regular on the formula one calendar. Major circuits have developed significantly since the initial phases of the F1 Championships, largely due to safety reasons. Silverstone is no different. The track layout continues to reform, often to reduce the speed as the F1 cars became quicker and make it more technically challenging for the incredible drivers racing.

But hospitality packages, hotel builds and special facilities have been constructed in the complex to give fans plenty of options to watch the entertainment. The Monaco Grand Prix is a prime example of this, where even though the layout is similar to the first ever race in 1929, the desire for larger hotels resulted in the extended tunnel over Portier in 1975.

silverstone hospitality

Silverstone Hospitality – Where are we now?

The surge in demand for Silverstone hospitality over the past 20 years has meant that options for avid F1 fans, or sports fans in general are plentiful. The race normally takes place in the first couple of weeks in July where the weather is often glorious and Sunday race day is paired up with the men’s Wimbledon final, a perfect day of sport! If the rain does find a way to the track, the race can become more unpredictable so there’s no loser whatever the weather.

Hospitality at Silverstone is available across the three days with Friday hosting two sessions of practice, Saturday for practice and qualifying and Sunday the big race day. Typically morning practices will start at around 10am, with qualifying often at 1pm and the race starting at 2.10pm.

After signing his new one year deal, Lewis Hamilton will be going for his record breaking 8th World Championship in 2021, so this is the year to break your Silverstone duck if you haven’t been alreayd.

Silverstone Hospitality – Engage Live – Our Most Popular

Currently our premium and most popular hospitality package is our Engage Silverstone Live product. A prime location famous for its views Silverstone Live shows the best view of six corners from the VIP grandstand which include; Maggotts, Becketts, Farm Curve, Village, The Loop and Aintree. In the past we’ve welcomed former racing drivers Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard & Susie Wolff who regale the Engage guests with tales from the F1 track. Combined with excellent food, attentive staff and fantastic facilities enjoy a fully inclusive day to remember.

Silverstone Hospitality – What are the other options?

Silverstone Hospitality comes in all shapes and sizes, so we’re delighted to offer a range of options to suit each interested party.

The Heritage Club is situated within the historic Woodcote complex, you are invited to celebrate the rich history of motorsport at the world’s best racetrack and get closer to the action than ever before.

This shared hospitality experience offers casual best-of-British dining and a classic beverage menu, allowing guests to catch all the racing action from the comfort and convenience of a social hospitality lounge.

Located next to the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club, The Legends Club is synonymous with some of the best moments in motor racing and offers one of the most thrilling views of the track as the cars come out of the DRS Zone and negotiate the legendary Brooklands and Luffield corners.

Offering a superb selection of fine British fare, guests can soak up all the on-track action from our relaxed Club environment.

The Ignition Club is the location of choice for racing enthusiasts who know their F1. With incredible views of six of Silverstone’s famous corners from the grandstand, terrific entertainment, and an extended terrace for the ultimate vantage point, this is where the most passionate fans will feel right at home.

The prestigious Fusion Lounge offers a vibrant party atmosphere that centres around stylish top-tier hospitality.

Relax on the extended outdoor terrace and witness the heart-pounding race action – including the final dash to the finish line – or watch from the grandstand for a traditional race day experience.

Enjoy an exquisite all-day menu, premium spirits, cocktails and Champagne.

Silverstone Hospitality – How can I go?

Simply give us a call on 02070 484848 or register your interest on the British Grand Prix product and we can discuss all of these options and more.

Engage Hospitality is an Appointed Distributor of MATCH Hospitality – The Official Hospitality Provider to Silverstone Circuits Limited.

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