As the Official Ticket & Travel Program of Formula 1® races worldwide, F1® Experiences aim is to get true race fans closer to the action that ever before. For Caleb English and his partner, Timothy Black, the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix provided both Texas natives with memories of a lifetime through F1® Experiences.
Austin, Texas is where they call home, and where their fascination of Formula 1® was borne from. “When the USGP came to town in 2015, I had seen some advertising around town for Circuit of The Americas. To me, it seemed incredibly intriguing, but was unaware of how big the sport was a whole,” Caleb recounts.
2015 United States Grand Prix
Torrential downpour for the 2015 United States Grand Prix forced qualifying to be moved until the morning of the race. A local radio broadcast of the race saw Caleb’s fascination of Formula 1®, and by the time the start of the 2016 season came around, he was hooked. “I’ve watched Max Verstappen almost climb through the ranks from his move to Red Bull from Toro Rosso where he replaced Daniil Kyvat prior to the Spanish Grand Prix. His win in the race solidified me as a fan.”
It was the Dutchman’s exploits that led Caleb and Timothy into purchasing tickets for the 2016 renewal at COTA, before both of them deciding they wanted more F1® action.
“As we all know, there is only one race per country at this moment, and so that’s when we decided on taking a trip to Spa.”
An exclusive benefit of F1® Experiences, the opportunity of meeting with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was too good to miss. “I received an email from the F1® Experiences team letting us know of an upgrade opportunity that included meeting Max. We were blown away by that, and once we got there, the experience in its entirety was awesome and worth every penny,” Timothy tells us.
“What really surprised us was the accessibility to all of the drivers on the grid. For me as a big Williams fan, getting to brush shoulders with Lance Stroll, my favorite driver, was something I was unaware of, and didn’t think we would be able to get so close. The experience was incredible from start to finish.”
The trip to the Ardennes was both English and Black’s first time to Europe, and both were in agreement of making it the trip of a lifetime. “We both had checked the F1® calendar,” said English, “and it turned out the Italian Grand Prix was directly after Spa. From Brussels, we took the train to Munich where we spent four days before going to Milan for the Italian Grand Prix. We ended up doing two Grand Prix’s in a week, it was simply an amazing trip.”
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Providing race goers like Caleb and Timothy with driver meet-and-greets, behind the scenes tours, pit lane walks, driving tours of tracks and more, F1® Experiences is dedicated to making memories that last a lifetime. For more information on Official Ticket Packages, call 1.888.326.5430 or click the link below.