At the mid-way point of the F1 calendar, we headed to Silverstone for the British GP which promised to be an interesting race following Mercedes disappointing performance in Austria, and Ferrari on top of the constructor’s championship for the first time in a while.
We offered a range of hotels and options for the British Grand Prix, all within an hour’s drive of the circuit. Our representatives for the weekend arrived at their hotels on Friday afternoon to check everything was in place ahead of the weekend.
Our coaches left early Saturday morning to make good time and miss the main bulk of traffic. With the recent hot weather still forecasted, fans were excited about the weekend ahead. Taking less than an hour, we arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the support races before watching the final practice where Hartly suffered suspension failure forcing him to miss qualifying later that day. Qualifying saw Hamilton and Vettel battling it out for pole with Hamilton taking his 44th pole by 0.044 seconds. Once qualifying had finished, many fans headed over to the entertainment zone of the venue to watch England beat Sweden in the Football World Cup Quarter Finals!! Two British wins, the atmosphere was electric with fans celebrating before heading back to the hotel early evening.
Early Sunday morning, clients were still in good spirits after Hamilton took pole, and as he hasn’t been defeated on home soil for the past four years, expectations were high. The Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade was enjoyed by fans before the race.
The race saw Hamilton get off to a bad start as both Vettel and Bottas were able to overtake, and as he tried to hold off Raikkonen, contact was made between the two cars, dropping the Mercedes driver into 18th place and Ferrari taking the penalty. Hamilton made a strong comeback which then turned out to be a Mercedes and Ferrari battle. Strategies changed, and safety cars spiced it up to create a fascinating end to the race where Vettel managed to hold the lead and came in first!
Fans enjoyed the rest of the day in the sunshine, some participating in the post-track walk before heading back to the coach. Hamilton is now 8 points behind Vettel in the championship as we are at the half-way point of the season and after the drama of the day, it promises to be an interesting race at Hockenheimring next weekend.
- Sofia Gunster