I was very fortunate to attend the practise day event on Friday 4th July at Silverstone for the F1 British Grand Prix. After being stuck in traffic and just making it to the meeting place, I was transported to the circuit by 4×4 – through a mixture of back lanes, fields and camp sites – a great way to cut through the traffic.
We drove past the hustle and bustle of the visitors going through security and were dropped straight off at the doors of the British Racing Drivers Club house. The first thing that greeted me as I went through the turnstiles were a number of McClaren 650S’. They even had one in orange to match our Cotels’ branding… still wasn’t quite tempting enough for the price tag though!
The views from the Clubhouse were amazing – right onto the track you could really get a feel for the exciting times that lay ahead for the race on Sunday.
But it got even better, I was very kindly given a pit lane walk pass so that I could get a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes. I was taken by private shuttle straight to the doors of the F1 paddock and spent much of the afternoon looking at the various teams – the number of people involved and the technology was a real eye opener.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I was then offered a repeat performance for Sunday – race day! Of course, I couldn’t resist.
So on Sunday after escaping all the traffic this time, again I was taken straight to the circuit by the 4×4 experience. This time the driver didn’t hold back, at times I wondered if we would even make it! but there is nothing like an adrenalin pumping journey to help get you in the mood for the race.
The pit lane walk was even better than on Friday – I got to see Damon Hill being interviewed, the F1 drivers parade around the track from the pits and a few tyre changes along the way – wow they are quick!
The Red Arrows display then started as I headed back for the start of the race. I’ve seen them before but am always amazed at the tricks and turns they pull off. The red, white and blue engine smoke looked stunning too.
Before long it was time for the race. I couldn’t believe my luck when my seat was right in front of the start line. The sounds and atmosphere were second to none. After a rocky start following Raikkonen’s crash just a minute into the race and an hour’s delay, Hamilton pulled through to victory.
After the race ended, it was then time for a celebratory meal in the BRDC marquee before taking-in the music entertainment on the main stage and finally heading back home.
It was a fantastic experience all round, which I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience and one that I won’t forget in a hurry.
For anyone attending events at Silverstone throughout the year, our serviced apartments in Milton Keynes and Northampton really do ‘fit the bill’ for either leisure travellers coming to watch, or for the many business professionals who are involved in the operations of such events.
Whilst there is lots of camping available close by, for corporate travellers or those of you who prefer a bit of luxury, you can’t beat a restful night’s sleep in a warm, comfortable bed, the space to do some work and relax and a completely fully equipped kitchen so that you can dine in and make yourself a cuppa. A real, ‘home-from-home’ within a short journey to Silverstone.
If you are not familiar with our Milton Keynes or Northampton apartments, which are both within a 30 minute travel distance to the circuit, give us a call and we will be happy to tell you all about the benefits.