Mercedes continued their domination of the 2019 Formula 1 season with a fifth consecutive 1-2 finish in the Spanish Grand Prix, while our guests experienced the best of Barcelona and got closer to the world of F1 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Our weekend began under blue skies on Thursday afternoon with an Exclusive Pit Lane Walk and a first look at the upgraded cars making their debut in the first race of the traditional European season. Several teams were practising their pit stops and we also spotted several drivers, including Kimi Räikkönen. Next up, we hopped aboard the trucks used for the F1 drivers’ parade for a Guided Track Tour. As well as experiencing the twists, turns and elevation changes of this challenging circuit, our guests also learned more about how to nail a perfect lap of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya courtesy of our expert hosts, all racing drivers themselves. After disembarking from the trucks, our guests posed for a photo on the Main Straight with the Championship trophies awarded to drivers and teams.
It was an exciting day for our Hero and Trophy guests on Friday, who were escorted into the exclusive surrounds of the Formula 1 Paddock Club after the on-track action finished for a reception with local driver Carlos Sainz Jr. from McLaren. Having a local driver join us in Spain has become something of a tradition after Fernando Alonso joined us last year, and Sainz didn’t disappoint our guests with some fascinating insights into the life of a Formula 1 driver. After drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the Paddock Club, we moved into the pit lane for F1 Insider Access. In addition to a photo op on the winner’s podium and a meeting with Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer, we also paid a visit to the Haas garage and learned more about the F1 tyres supplied by Pirelli and the race suits and other clothing supplied to several teams and drivers by Alpine Stars. The latter involved an impressive demonstration of the fireproof qualities of Daniel Ricciardo’s race gloves!
The Champions Club in Spain was located right above the Ferrari garage on the Main Straight, offering unrivalled views for the start of the race and pit stops. Sergio Pérez from the Racing Point team stopped by for a special appearance after qualifying on Saturday and F1’s Managing Director of Commercial Operations, Sean Bratches, dropped in to talk about the business side of the sport on Sunday. Our Champions Club guests also had access all weekend to the VIP grandstand located near the stadium section of the circuit.
Formula 1 Paddock Club
The F1 Experiences suite in the Paddock Club was a hive of activity all weekend as our guests enjoyed the VIP treatment at the Spanish Grand Prix. Along with gourmet meals and an open bar, our Paddock Club guests also took part in daily pit lane walks and truck tours of the track. Legend guests also enjoyed exclusive access to the podium ceremony after the race, along with an all-day pass to the F1 Paddock.
Guided Paddock Access
Our guests in the Champions Club and Paddock Club were also taken on a guided tour of the F1 Paddock over the course of the weekend. As well as admiring the impressive new hospitality suites from several teams which debuted at the event, we also had interactions (and photo opportunities) with many F1 drivers, past and present, including most of the current F1 grid plus World Champions Jenson Button and Alain Prost.