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Don’t Miss Out on the Final Stretch of the Formula 1™ Season!

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 @ 15:09 PM

As we hit the final stretch of the Formula 1™ season, there is still much action, adventure and thrill to catch at the race track. With races left across the World in Malaysia, Japan, United States, Mexico and Abu Dhabi, Grand Prix Experiences is the company to turn to!

FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™

USGP_141030_Seymour_0140-1.jpgHosted at the Circuit of The Americas™ track in Austin, Texas this race held from October 21-23rd is steadily approaching. With top teams confirmed to hit the pavement, this race is building to be one for the history books. You will have access to exclusive hospitality venues, celebrity appearances, gourmet food and beverage options, fast access passes and much more!

Package Spotlight – Gold B: Enjoy impeccable views of the pit action, screaming straight, final turn and finish line with this F1 USGP™ option. With package inclusions such as fast access passes, Legends Club Hospitality access with celebrity appearances by Indy 500 Champions Danny Sullivan and Alexander Rossi, gourmet food buffets in a climate-controlled venue, you can’t go wrong!

FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MEXICO™

Hit this newly-renovated track to experience all the excitement and passion that Mexico brings to the race track. With official grandstand hospitality, exclusive insider extras, preferred seating options and breathtaking views, you can’t go wrong with any option. Take VIP to the next level with access to the Support Race Paddock, Pit Lane Walks and the F1™ Village.

Package Spotlight – Forte Sol North: Friday to Sunday access, open-air, bench style seating and privileged views and front-row seating to the trophy presentation round out this amazing package. Add in travel and lodging to match your breathtaking views of Turns 12, 13, 14 and 15 to complete your experience.

Formula One Paddock Club™

Experience Paddock Club access at any of the F1™ WW events left in the 2016 season. With privileged views ofFormula-One-US-Grand-Prix-Formula-One-Paddock-Club-View-Main-Straight-Stretch-Grand-Prix-Expereinces-1.jpg the race, gourmet dining and fine wines, music entertainment, driver interviews, Paddock Club is the way to have the most desirable race experience. You will also have access to exclusive insider extras available such as pit lane walk, the Support Paddock Race, access to F1™ Village, VIP Parking availability and much more.

Catch the end of the Formula 1™ season before it’s too late! Between exclusive insider extras, unheard of access and privileged views at each track, Grand Prix Experiences has the best of the best.

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Topics: Formula One

The Greatest Comeback Drives in F1™ History

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

Making a comeback is an art form in itself, poetry in motion if you will. Extremely difficult to pull off but incredibly satisfying to witness, the act of coming back from being down invokes emotions that are unparalleled to anything in sport. In Formula 1™, every second counts to the highest degree. An illustrious history has seen some incredible comeback drives, here we look at some of the greatest of all-time.

Jenson Button, 2011 Canadian Grand Prix

Button_2011_Canadian_GP.jpgIn a rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix, the world saw the best of 2009 World Champion Jenson Button. A marathon of a race which lasted over 4 hours saw the Brit make an incredible 6 pit stops as well as enduring a drive-through penalty to win what many onlookers consider one of the greatest races of Formula 1™ history.

Having begun the race from 7th on the grid, Button was demoted to 15th place following a stop-go penalty for making up ground on a safety car. The safety car was initially brought out after Button accidentally ran teammate Lewis Hamilton into the wall on Turn 1.

Further twists ensued when Button was once more involved in a collision, this time with Fernando Alonso. Another safety car ensued while Button miraculously managed to get his punctured car back to the pits. Rejoining the race in last place, Button embarked upon one of the great modern day driving displays ever seen. Sweeping the field with poise and vigour, Button chased down long-time race leader Sebastien Vettel before overtaking the German and his worn out tires on the second corner of the last lap to claim an unthinkable victory.

 

 

 

Kimi Raikkonen, 2005 Japanese Grand Prix

Kimi_2005_Japan.jpg“Ice-man” by nickname, ice cool by nature. At a rain-soaked Suzuka in 2005, Kimi Raikkonen produced the best drive of his career and one of the all-time comebacks to claim a historic win.

Having qualified in 17th position, chances of a podium finish were not in his thinking. A hectic start to the race which saw a collision between Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve brought out the safety car. By that time, the Finn had begun to slice his way through the field.

Having made a pit stop midway through the race, Raikkonen reappeared ahead of Fernando Alonso in 5th place before passing Michael Schumacher into 4th. Benefitting from pitting early which saw him carry a heavy fuel load, both Mark Webber and Jenson Button were forced to make a stop to refuel, prompting The Iceman into second position.

What Raikkonen produced next can only be described as sheer magnificence. With 9 laps remaining, he set the fastest lap each time, and despite some brilliant defensive driving from long-time race leader Giancarlo Fisichella, a determined Raikkonen pulled off a brilliant maneuver on the run down to turn 2 on the final lap to complete the greatest comeback Suzuka ever witnessed.

 

 

 

Michael Schumacher, 1995 Belgian Grand Prix

Schumi_1995.jpgNo Formula 1™ greatest ever list would be complete without mention of the best of all-time, Michael Schumacher. Though Schumi’s career was coupled with dominance, his drive in the 1995 Belgian Grand Prix proved his greatness.

The 1995 season revolved around the rivalry of Schumacher and Damon Hill. Having both qualified down the field, Hill in 8th and Schumacher in 17th, and with the ever-changing conditions suggesting a classic was in store, what occurred as timeless.  

Off the blocks like a man possessed, Schumacher was up to 6th place by lap 5, just 5 seconds behind race leader David Coulthard. With the rain beginning to fall, Hill stopped for wet tires. Hill soon caught Schumacher and a game of cat and mouse began in earnest. The German’s slick tires were no match for Hill and he was overtaken on lap 26.

Incredibly, the rain stopped almost instantly and Schumacher once more passed Hill, after which the Williams pitted for slicks and began chasing him again. And yet again, the heavens opened three laps later and a heavy downpour followed, forcing all drivers to pit for wet tires.

The extra stop for Hill gave Schumacher a huge lead and the German brought the car home a massive 20 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, taking the checkered flag displaying incredible driving aggression.

 

 

 

The United States Grand Prix Awaits You!

United_States_GP-1.jpgOne thing we have learned from the 2016 Formula 1™ season is nothing is guaranteed. With Nico Rosberg taking 5 of the opening 8 races, teammate and reigning champion Lewis Hamilton roared back with four consecutive victories before Rosberg once more proved his worth with back-to-back victories. Heading to the United States Grand Prix? Make sure to witness the climatic end to this year’s title by making a trip to Austin for the F1™ USGP with one of our exclusive ticket packages available only through Circuit of The Americas™ program. With our Legends Club Access, participate in a Q & A session with racing legend David Coulthard while enjoying an appearance by Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi!

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you, witness the race from a privileged viewing positon, wine and dine with our gourmet fare and open bars. Take the pressure off yourself by adding exclusive ground transportation and hotel accommodations to make this a weekend you and your party will never forget! 

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Topics: United States Grand Prix

Ranking The Wealthiest F1 Drivers Ever

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

In Formula 1™, money makes the wheels go around. Just this week, we have seen the words ‘Formula 1’ and ‘wealth’ but around like there’s no tomorrow with the news that American billionaire media tycoon John Malone has completed an $8.5bn mega deal to purchase motorsport’s premier franchise.

Big-budgets, multi-million dollar salaries and a head-spiraling prize fund for completing teams; make no mistake about it, Formula 1 exuberates the lifestyle of the rich and the famous.

Of those who benefit the most from Formula 1’s massive pockets, drivers are at the front of the grid. Here, we look at the five wealthiest F1 drivers in history.

  • Lewis_Hamilton-2.jpgLewis Hamilton, $110 million - Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton looks primed to claim his fourth this year, but has a battle on his hands from Mercedes’ teammate Nico Rosberg. Currently on a base salary of $30.1 million a year who should rise to about $42 million a year based on performances, Hamilton is in the prime of his career. Still only 31, Hamilton has endorsement deals with Santander, Tag Heuer and Reebok, and looks set to further his career earnings. He currently resides in the luxurious Monaco and is Britain’s highest earning athlete ahead of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
  • Eddie Irvine, $140 million - Perhaps a surprise inclusion on this last and the least successful man on the track, Irishman Eddie Irvine won just four out of 148 races he took part in, all of which coming in 1999 when finishing second. Picked up by the Jordan Team, he spent 10 seasons in Formula 1, racing for Jaguar and Ferrari additionally. Owning more than 50 properties worldwide, the majority of his fortune has been made off the track. The least successful man on the track on this list, is the joint third most successful financially. Eddie Irvine won only four races out of the 148 he took part in, all of which came in the 1999 season when he finished second. Irvine spent 10 seasons in F1, racing for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar. He also owns a sports complex in his hometown in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
  • Kimi_Raikkonen.jpgKimi Raikkonen, $180 million - In 2007, Kimi Raikkonen became the highest paid athlete in the world with a base salary of $51 million a year when he moved from McLaren to Ferrari. The move also saw him win his first and only World Drivers’ Championship to date. Seeking pastures new, Raikkonen ventured into rallying and NASCAR before returning to F1 in 2012. Currently driving for the Ferrari team, he currently sits in fifth position in this year’s drivers’ championship. The Finnish driver also owns a Motocross World Championship team.
  • Fernando Alonso, $220 million - Having begun karting at the age of three, Spaniard Fernando Alonso was always destined for greatness. World champion in 2005 and 2006 for Renault, Alonso has also been runner-up three times also. Earning a base salary of $40 million a year which could rise depending on performances, the Spaniard has been a model of consistency ever since he entered F1 in 2001. He has consistently been one of the highest paid drivers on the circuit, and sits in sixth place all-time for most Grand Prix wins with 32.
  • Michael_Schumacher.jpgMichael Schumacher, $780 million - Similar to how his Formula 1 career went, Michael Schumacher is simply streets ahead of everyone else. The greatest driver of all-time, the seven-time world champion is the third wealthiest sportsman of all-time behind only Ion Tiriac and Michael Jordan. Once thought to be the first ever billionaire sportsman, he has donated more money than most on this list. He began F1 racing in 1991 and didn’t retire until 2012, although he did take a four-year break between 2006 and 2010. During the peak of his powers, he earned close to $50 million a year from Ferrari, while Shell paid Michael Schumacher $10 million each year to wear a hat with the company logo on it. Over 19 seasons, he raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes, winning two championships with Benetton and five with Ferrari. Schumacher suffered a serious head injury whilst skiing in December 2013 and has been receiving regular treatment ever since.

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United_States_GP.jpgWatch the best drivers in the world battle it out as this season’s championship race goes right down to the wire. As the drama unfolds in the year’s remaining races, why not take the unique opportunity to witness the action up close and personal at October 23rd’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, which takes place at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas.

Kick off your Formula One Paddock Club™ access with Grand Prix Experiences – it’s literally the best seat in the house!  Enjoy the luxury that the Paddock Club offers with privileged views of the race, gourmet food spreads, an exclusive Pit Lane Walk, access to the Support Race Paddock, and much, much more!     

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Topics: United States Grand Prix

Don’t Miss Out on This While at the F1™ USGP

Posted by Kristen Doolan on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:08 AM

With the first day of the 2016 FORMULA ONE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ right around the corner on October 21st, you must start planning your trip to Austin, Texas. Known as one of the more popular young USGP_141030_Seymour_0140.jpgprofessional and family-centered cities in the United States, Austin is sure full of life. From its abundant number of lakes and parks for outdoor activities to its nickname as the “live music capital of the world”, your trip to the F1™ USGP will be one of a lifetime.

Restaurants

Veracruz Tacos, 2711 La Frontera Blvd, STE 320 Round Rock, TX 7868: Check out this hot spot featured by Rachael Ray and Rolling Stone serving fresh tacos, homemade salsas, and authentic tortillas and chips.

Boiler Nine Bar & Grill, 800 W Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701: Located in downtown Austin, this art deco styled bar & grill isn’t one to miss. Visit them for Brunch. Lunch or Dinner to enjoy tapas style dinning.

Forthright, 98 San Jacinto Blvd Austin, TX 78701: Serving Breakfast and Lunch with a relaxed style is the name of the game for Forthright. If you need a place to relax and/or enjoy a well prepared meal with straightforward ingredients, this is your place!

Wu Chow, 500 W 5th Street Austin, Texas 78701: Looking for classic Chinese dishes while in Austin? Check out Wu Chow! With their eclectic dining and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder this restaurant lands on the hottest places to go in Austin.  

Things to Do

Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail: Hit the outdoors and explore this lush green park and peaceful lake. Walk, bike, ride or just sit and relax at this amazing spot in Austin.

Haunted Austin and Bat Bridge Segway Tour: Explore Austin’s haunted past and visit the bat bridge while learning more about the history behind what makes Austin, Austin.

Sixth Street: Find all the nightlife that Austin has to offer on sixth street. From live music, to historic venues this downtown spot is the place to be!

Accommodations

Marriott Round Rock: Located just 30 miles from the Circuit of The Americas™ Austin Track,
 the Marriott Round Rock offers exceptional amenities for their guests. Relax in your hotel room with the comfort of plush mattresses and down comforters, while enjoying their well-known RC Grille which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t forget about the indoor pool and fitness center located on the property, making this accommodation choice ideal for any traveler.

Sheraton Austin: Looking to be in the middle of it all? Then the Sheraton Austin is yoCircuit-of-The-Americas-Experiences-F1-USGP-Racing-Austin-002.jpgur most promising choice - located only 18 miles from the Circuit of The Americas™ Austin Track and just steps away from Sixth Street/Warehouse District and the University of Texas. With two different dining options and well-appointed bedding, this hotel option makes your stay as comfortable as possible.

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As the only exclusive provider of ticket packages available through Circuit of The Americas™ program, Grand Prix Experiences is the package provider to go with! From our Legends Club access with Q&A sessions with Alexander Rossi, privileged viewing positions along the track and gourmet fare – this is not something you want to miss!

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Topics: Formula One, United States Grand Prix

Why You Should Attend The Mexico GP

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 @ 16:08 PM

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has been a huge part of the Formula 1 makeup since 1962. Built in a public park, the first Mexican Grand Prix took place a year later. Since then, the track has gone through some major facelifts since its inception on the race calendar. Located over 2,200m above sea level, the race returned to the track last year for the first time since 1992.

In 2016, Gran Premio de Mexico VIP gives you the chance to go to the heart of the action with all-inclusive hospitality access!

A Unique Experience!

Sergio_Perez.jpgan altitude of 2200m, the track in Mexico City is by far the highest on the calendar, and gives it an added uniqueness that is unmatched. The thinner air will reduce aerodynamic drag but will also compromise power as the engines struggle to breathe, so expect top speeds in the region of 220mph. The track runs clockwise with 17 corners, with the pit straight one of the longest in F1.

The track, named after brothers Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez, who were both killed in motor racing accidents: Ricardo in 1962, aged 20; Pedro died nine years later at the age of 31. This year like last, expect the home crowd to greet local hero with rapture. Sergio Perez, or “Checo” as he is known, is currently eighth in the drivers’ standings and of Mexico’s most famous sons.

Do It In Style!

Mexico_GP.jpgAs well as a weekend of action-packed racing from October 28th, your visit will be centered around the time of Dia de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. With the race taking place the day before Halloween this year, make your trip to Gran Premio de Mexico all-encompassing; explore the Mexican way and traditions!

The Gran Premio de Mexico VIP access allows privileged viewing position of the race paired with all-inclusive hospitality access, the Formula One Paddock Club™ at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Located within the track across from the Main Grandstand and above the Pit Lane, the Club Suite offers fine dining, premium drink options, entertainment, music, and unparalleled views of the circuit.

You’ll take "VIP" to the next level with access to the Support Race Paddock, Pit Lane Walks and the F1™ Village. Luxurious accommodations in the area and ground transportation to the circuit are optional. 

From the unique tours of the team pit lane to witnessing interviews with drivers and team personnel over the race weekend, you will be as close as it gets! 

The Cub Suite offers interactive fine dining, entertainment, music and magnificent views of the circuit. Paired with multi-screen coverge of all the action on track, including the live timing screens used by the teams on their pit wall, the Paddock Club™ experience will keep you in the heart of the action at all times! With the Mexican Grand Prix, expect the unexpected – be there in October!

 

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Hamilton “Unbeatable” After Fourth Consecutive Victory

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

In racing, timing is everything. After last weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the last race before Formula 1™ heads off on a four-week summer break, Lewis Hamilton roared his way back into command of the season with another dominant victory.

Lewis_Hamilton.jpgDespite his early season mechanical problems, defending world champion Lewis Hamilton has overturned a 43-point deficit into a 19-point championship lead by winning six of the last seven races.  Speaking after the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described Hamilton as “unbeatable”, words which will not be of comfort to teammate Nico Rosberg.

“That guy is very talented and has speed and on his day, I think he is unbeatable,” said Wolff.

“But then it is a mechanical sport and he is human and you can have good days and bad days and that is why he is not winning every race. I really admire the way it is going. The ping pong between the two and the way it is coming back."

Indeed, it would be naïve of Hamilton to think he is unbeatable, with undoubted grid penalties on their way for the Mercedes team for previous misdemeanors earlier in the season, this championship race is far from over.

A Turning Point

Make no mistake about it though, Sunday’s race was a turning point in the season. Having won from second place on the grid with his nearest rival Rosberg finishing fourth, Hamilton now feels more in control.

“It definitely feels better than being six points ahead. I didn’t know until I got into the pen that I was 19 points ahead. I still hadn’t figured it out. It’s still not enough because I’m not a race win ahead yet. If I get a race win ahead then I will feel I was ahead.”

Hamilton has become the first person ever to win four races in a calendar month, with imperious form in July. For Rosberg, his race summary was far from positive in the wake of a fourth placed finish last weekend. The summer break is coming at the perfect time for Rosberg. For Hamilton, a pause in momentum might be the only thing that keeps him from a fourth world title.

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COTA_1.jpgRest assured, this season’s championship race will go right down to the wire. As the drama unfolds in the year’s remaining races, why not take the unique opportunity to witness the action up close and personal at October 23rd’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™, which takes place at Circuit of The Americas™ in Austin, Texas.

Kick off your Formula One Paddock Club™ access with Grand Prix Experiences – it’s literally the best seat in the house!  Enjoy the luxury that the Paddock Club offers with privileged views of the race, gourmet food spreads, an exclusive Pit Lane Walk, access to the Support Race Paddock, and much, much more!                                            

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Legends Club Access at COTA™!

Legends_Club_Access.jpgWith COTA Experiences Legends Club Access, our hospitality is unbeatable, and is only available through our Circuit of The Americas program. An appearance by this year’s Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi as well as a ‘Lunch With A Legend’ will allow fans a unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with a racing legend while enjoying gourmet fare.

The weekend of a lifetime awaits you; unrestricted access all weekend to the Circuit of The Americas track, as drivers tackle the demanding challenges this unparalleled circuit has to offer. Our hospitality gives you a platform like no other to make sure your Grand Prix experience will be memorable. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once in a lifetime event.

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Topics: United States Grand Prix

British GP Review: Hamilton’s Fourth Home Victory

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 09:07 AM

There was an undeniable sense of unpredictable predictability before this race even started. 52 laps and an hour and a half later, that came to fruition. Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the third year in a row. With the aid of a safety car, the Briton cut teammate Nico Rosberg’s championship lead by a further 10 points, now going to the mid-season race in Hungary separated by a solitary point.

Hamilton_Silverstone.jpgWith Hamilton’s fourth victory on British soil, he became the most successful driver on home turf, matching Nigel Mansell’s four victories (one of them came at Brands Hatch). Despite the rain fall actually stopping before the start of the race, the race began behind a safety car, with FIA Chief Charlie Whiting keeping the race as it was for the opening five laps. Despite the initial downpour, Hamilton, who led for every lap of the race aside from when he changed from intermediates to slicks, left the track crowd surfing a wave of unbridled joy. Literally. Rosberg and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen filled the places on the podium.

Hamilton’s day got better when Rosberg, who initially finished second, was demoted to third after he suffered a gearbox failure which led to the German receiving a penalty for the second consecutive race. Race stewards handed him a 10-second penalty after the detail of the help Mercedes gave him over the radio, which transgressed limitations on the amount of help drivers can be given by teams. Shortly after the race, Mercedes confirmed they will appeal the decision. 18-year-old Max Verstappen once again showed undoubted class and awesome speed as he gave Rosberg a serious run for his money and eventually finished runner-up again to Hamilton. Without question, we are witnessing the emergence of the next great talent in F1™, and a champion in-waiting. One begs the question, should Red Bull driver Max Verstappen get a competitive vehicle underneath him, the whole landscape of the Formula 1™ will be shifted in the shape of Verstappen.

 

What Did We Learn from Silverstone?

Despite Mercedes’ continued dominance, Red Bull’s speed proved they are not too far away. This was a weekend that marked a change in the fortunes of the Milton Keynes-based constructor. Now 18 points clear of Ferrari in the constructor’s championship, Verstappen’s RB12 oozed poise, especially under these testing conditions. On the other end of the scale, Sebastien Vettel endured yet another disappointing race, finishing a lowly 9th position, now currently fifth place in the championship. The four-time world champion, who was regarded as the Mercedes monopoly this season, has failed to live up to the hype in 2016. At the halfway point in the season, one point separates Rosberg and Hamilton. It is hard to conceive anybody but one of the Mercedes’ drivers claiming the title. Who? That’s too close to call at this point of the season, a flip of a coin, really.

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F1_USGP.jpgAs we move towards the business end of the F1™ season, don’t miss your chance to experience it all up close and personal. Kick off your Formula One Paddock Club™ access with Grand Prix Experiences – it’s literally the best seat in the house!  Enjoy the luxury that the Paddock Club offers with privileged views of the race, gourmet food spreads, an exclusive Pit Lane Walk, access to the Support Race Paddock, and much, much more!

 

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Topics: Formula One

Ranking F1™ Drivers On Their Home Soil

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

There’s no place like home. That sentiment bears a lot of relevance for F1™ drivers and their home circuits. This weekend, the extravaganza that is Formula 1™ racing pulls into Silverstone as the British GP is the main attraction. For Lewis Hamilton, it offers a chance to create history this weekend. On Sunday, he will attempt to equal Nigel Mansell's British record of four F1 wins at the circuit.

Perhaps it’s national pride, the idea of disappointing your fellow countrymen, an alliance to what you belong – whatever it may be, it seems, upon dissection, that F1 drivers flourish while steering their way around a home circuit. Patriotism.

Since 1983, 48 drivers have won on their home track. While that timeframe covers over thirty years, only 7 countries have been represented in that time – powerhouses of F1. Over that period, just 20 countries have appeared on the Formula 1 calendar, including new additions such as Azerbaijan (Baku) and Bahrain.

Home Advantage

Schumacher.jpgThe most successful driver on home soil was the imperious Michael Schumacher. Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, drove to victory an incredible ten times on German tracks. At the Nurburgring, home of the European GP from 1999 – 2007, Schumacher won on six occasions. His brother Ralf, also won there in 2003. Schumacher, Michael that is, also took the checkered flag four time at Hockenheimring from 1995 – 2006. German efficiency at its finest.

When arguing the success of drivers, it also must be noted that traditional racing countries, such as Germany, France, and Great Britain are often rewarded with staging races more so than others. However, giving the revolving schedule implemented by racing hierarchy, coupled with the world we live in today, experts foresee more countries and race tracks introduced in the coming years.

One venue which has been a constant since 1973 is the Brazilian GP. A country that has produced a plethora of talent, 31 drivers from Brazil have driven in the Formula 1 during that time. Ayrton Senna, Brazil’s most famous son, won on home soil in the most dramatic of fashions in 1991, overcoming gearbox issues and sheer exhaustion to a rapturous response. He also won there in 1993. Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986) and Felipe Massa (2006, 2008) both deserve honorable mentions for delighting a partisan crowd at Interlagos.

The French Professor

Senna’s greatest rival, the professor Alain Prost, won a remarkable six times at the French GP. Famously quoted for “fear of letting my countrymen down”, he also won on the streets of Monte Carlo on four occasions.

Prost-1.jpgA recurring theme you say? Most definitely. In more recent times, particularly given the dominance of such a small number of teams, we’ve seen this trend continued. Sebastien Vettel (German GP, 2013) Nico Rosberg (German GP, 2014) and Fernando Alonso (Spanish GP, 2013 & European GP, Valencia 2012) all became world champions in the process.

And so to this weekend and the British GP at Silverstone. Hamilton enters the race as a heavy favorite as he looks to close in on a fourth world title. Since 1986, British drivers have been successful on twelve occasions. It would be naïve to suggest that driving on home soil allows you to forego rival advances, but, as the history books have taught us, it most certainly gives drivers an edge. Patriotism is alive and well, it seems.

Meet Alexander Rossi at the USGP

Embrace your American hero in Alexander Rossi, as he appears at our Legends Club this October at the US Grand Prix in Austin. Rossi, at present the only American Formula One™ driver signed to a team, also shocked the world this year by winning the 100th edition of the Indy 500 as a rookie. The man himself will be on hand to meet and greet spectators at the Texas venue.  

Alexander_Rossi-1.jpgBy 2006 at 14 years of age, he’d become a multiple National and International Karting Champion and the youngest open wheel racing champion in United States history. Now nominated for the ESPY’s Best Driver award after his Indy 500 win with motor sports elite, the journey for Rossi to the top has been memorable.

The Legends Club Hospitality experience, available only through the Circuit of the Americas Experiences program, is available for Saturday and/or Sunday access. Indulge in the luxury of a private dining area featuring gourmet food, premium bars, interactive experiences, racing and celebrity appearances. This trackside venue is the perfect place to entertain clients to reunite with their group, with the benefit of sanctuary from the elements.

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Topics: Formula One

Rossi Nominated for 2016 ESPY’s Best Driver Award

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

Alexander Rossi is among the athletes nominated for the 2016 ESPY’s “Best Driver” award for his fuel-saving victory in the 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500, and his fans can help him earn it.

Alexander_Rossi.jpgRossi, a Nevada City native, was among the athletes nominated for the 2016 ESPY’s, ESPN’s annual sports awards set for a live broadcast July 13 from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

IndyCar champ Scott Dixon was also nominated in the Best Driver category. Other nominees are NASCAR's Kyle Busch, Formula1™ 's Lewis Hamilton and NHRA's Erica Enders-Stevens.

Online voting will remain open until the July 13 event.

“It is such a huge honor to be nominated for Best Driver at the ESPYS this year,” Rossi said. “It will be a pleasure to spend an evening with such an exceptional group of athletes who have all accomplished something pretty incredible. I very much look forward to being able to represent and share my passion for the Verizon IndyCar Series next month.”

Rossi was also awarded the Fastest Rookie and Rookie of the Year honors for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The 24-year-old became only the 10th rookie ever to win the 500-mile race in its history; the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi is the second driver from the Andretti Autosport stable to be nominated for an ESPY award in the last four years. Rossi’s teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, took home “Best Driver” honors with both his nominations in 2013 and 2014.

Meet Rossi at Our Legends Club

Don’t miss your chance to meet Indy 500 winner and Formula One™ reserve driver Alexander Rossi in our Legends Club at the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™. Rossi, an IndyCar rookie who claimed the checkered flag at this year’s 100th Indy 500, will be on hand to meet and greet spectators at the Texas venue.  

Serving as a reserve driver for Manor Racing on the F1™ circuit since 2015, Alexander has won at every level since his racing career began in go-karts at age 10. By 2006 at 14 years of age, he’d become a multiple National and International Karting Champion and the youngest open wheel racing champion in United States history. Now nominated for the ESPY’s Best Driver award after his Indy 500 win with motor sports elite, the journey for Rossi to the top has been memorable.

F1_USGP.jpgThe Legends Club Hospitality experience, available only through the Circuit of the Americas Experiences program, is available for Saturday and/or Sunday access. Indulge in the luxury of a private dining area featuring gourmet food, premium bars, interactive experiences, racing and celebrity appearances. This trackside venue is the perfect place to entertain clients to reunite with their group, with the benefit of sanctuary from the elements. 

 

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European GP: Rosberg Back to Best

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

It was a tale of two differing stories for the Mercedes’ team as Nico Rosberg dominated the European Grand Prix, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled to fifth place.

Rosberg led from the first corner and never looked back as Hamilton struggled to make up ground in the inaugural race in Azerbaijan. The world champion started 10th and was hampered by a problem with an engine setting during the race.

Rosberg.jpgWith Rosberg’s victory, Hamilton is now 24 points adrift of the German in the championship as a result. Hamilton said he had an "off day" in qualifying and Mercedes were at a loss to understand what happened.

Nico Rosberg is again in charge of his own destiny – and with Austria to come, where he has won for the past two years, there was an extra spring in his step after the weekend’s racing. All signs are pointing in the right direction for him. With two bad race weekends behind him (Monaco and Montreal), Rosberg’s five victories compared to Hamilton’s two have left the Briton with little room to maneuver in this year’s championship.

Vettel Takes His Own Advice

Ferrari finally had a strong race - only after Vettel decided not to listen to engineers and not pit when they asked him to

Ferrari’s decision-making this season has left a lot to be desired, particularly after the criticisms of their decision to switch to a two-stop while leading in Canada a week ago. This time, Vettel questioned the team and after initially saying he had to stop because he was going to be under-cut by Ricciardo, they kept him out - stopping Raikkonen instead, which led to a strong second place finish.

On the face of it, Ferrari’s showing in Baku was more than decent, with Vettel finishing second and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth, but only after Vettel totally ignored a call to pit for fresh rubber. Vettel was helped by troubles at Red Bull, and by Lewis Hamilton’s failure to find his right engine mode. But he was right to show a lack of faith in his team and that is why he finished strongly.

Baku Delivers

Baku.jpgPolitics aside, Baku was a great success. Despite some chaotic safety restarts in GP2 earlier on, the venue delivered massively over the course of the weekend.

Vettel was in no doubt. “It’s the first time here and I didn’t know what to expect but it’s been a great track,” he said. “The circuit is incredible – you need to be well equipped around here.”

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