The day had arrived for Gullivers' inaugural British Grand Prix event, I was really excited as it had been many years since I sat on the bank at Becketts with my Dad, watching Mansell and Senna fight it out, I had a feeling this weekend would live up to my found memories of years gone by.
As we arrived at the circuit, you could feel the anticipation growing for the weekend. My first impressions were how great the circuit looked - much better than the old days when you queued for hours to get in and out of a muddy field miles away from the circuit! Silverstone have made a lot of effort to improve their customer experience with easy access and good parking, lots of eating areas, entertainment to keep children occupied and concerts held each day after the racing finished - something to keep everyone entertained.
This year, we offered hotels about an hour drive from the circuit. The drive in on Saturday was very smooth and parking was well organised by the circuit officials. Once in the circui,t I couldn’t believe how much support there was for all the British drivers, the home of motorsport and many of the team who are based within miles of the circuit. The atmosphere was electric when our homegrown driver, Lewis Hamilton, took pole position during qualifying - a huge buzz of expectation was felt for Sunday’s race.
On Sunday the build-up was great.
The driver’s parade gave everyone the opportunity to see all the drivers close up as they waved to the crowds as they were interviewed.
The Red Arrows display was one not to be missed just prior to the start, it’s not very often you have the opportunity to watch how close they fly as duelling in the sky above.
As the drivers made their way around the circuit on the formation lap the heavens opened which meant the race started under the safety car ruling. Hamilton led from start to finish in a very exciting race. After the race the track was opened up to let everyone enjoy seeing the drivers close up on the podium, and within minutes you couldn’t see the track, just a sea of people enjoying the celebrations.
Whether you are looking for your first Formula weekend break or a seasoned pro, the British Grand Prix is one not to be missed and can’t wait to return in 2017.
- Lisa Y.