Nic Gilbert's British GP Visit

July 22, 2017

 

 

SILVERSTONE Grand Prix 2017

 

A dedicated Formula 1 fan gets up at 4.00am, drives an awesome Jaguar to a beautiful Hotel in Marlow Buckinghamshire.

Our chauffeur was waiting to drive us to the airfield...nice car but not the real deal!

 

 

 

Waiting at the airfield was the helicopter......anybody would think we were late all this waiting on us !

 

 

 

Flying towards the circuit before making a flyby, got a great view of the chicanes

The Paddock Club entrance was a ‘Grand’ affair.

 

 

Now the fun really started........ 8.45am Champagne and croissants offered before one even enters the Williams suite! 

We had the perfect view from the balcony over the pit lane, my first and only complaint of the day was......’I’m not tall enough’ to see right down over the cars. I was offered a box to stand on. As we were VIP guests it wasn’t your usual beer crate either!

 

It was a busy day as we were given a full guided tour; the first visit was to the back of the garages at Williams, where we got to listen to team radio.  Felipe Massa wasn’t happy with the set up of the car and soon arrived back into the garage.....sooner than one would think possible! After all that excitement we were offered more champagne and ‘nibbles’.

 

Now to watch free practice 3 from the balcony, this was time to learn where the best place to stand was for good pictures, I got a lot of pictures through railings first but moved right along to the first corner after the start/finish straight.

A pit lane walk has to be one of the most exciting things to do.  As we were guests of the Williams team we got to go right into their garage and up to the cars, no one said don’t touch, soooooo yes I touched Massa’s car!

Better than that.....I got to meet him,  autograph and picture.