It was Friday afternoon and finally time to get ready for the British Grand Prix! After a short drive, I arrived at my hotel and checked in at the Hampton by Hilton in Oxford. I checked our board and which clients had checked in before staying in reception in case any clients had any questions or queries. It was then ready to turn in for an early night before an early start in the morning!
After an early wake up and a quick bite for breakfast, it was time for the clients and I to head on to the coach and take the short journey to Silverstone! The clear roads were in our favour, and we quickly got to the coach car park on time. Clients then had the whole day to enjoy the circuit before needing to be back at the coach later that evening. I met up with the rest of the Gullivers Team, and once we were all there and all the clients had headed off, we also headed into the Circuit. It was busy but filled with the noise of music, excited voices and cars on the track.
We spent the day exploring all the circuit had to offer with plenty of merchandise and food stands (including trying out the Yorkshire Pudding stand for lunch!) as well as stages with guest speakers, quizzes and games. Luckily the rain stopped just in time to watch the qualifying race, where Verstappen gained first place and Norris and Piastri got second and third respectively, but as the day came to an end and people headed back to the coach, the discussion was if those names would be on the podium the next day…
Another early morning start but guests were raring to go, excited for the day to come. After a quick sweepstake guess of who would come first, second and third - we quickly got to the circuit again. After all guests had arrived, the team headed into the circuit and again explored, but this time in glorious sunshine! Some of the team went to check out the outlet merchandise whilst the rest of us watched the bands, interviews and guest speakers on the main stage. Soon enough it was time to head for our seats in Becketts- which gives you a fantastic view of the circuit including one of the main stretches where the drivers can really pick up speed. After a great Air Display from the Red Arrows, the race began! Norris jumped Verstappen for the lead at the beginning, however by Lap 5, Verstappen reclaimed P1 from Norris. A safety car was then needed after Magnussen’s car started smoking. This caused a lot of tyre changes with most drivers choosing soft whilst Norris went for hards. This meant we were able to watch some excellent driving as Norris showed some impressive defending against Hamilton who was fighting for his P2. The rain managed to keep away even though there were talks of rain on the horizon and as the final laps ticked down, Verstappen managed to continue his lead over Norris, eventually crossing the line in P1, with Norris and Hamilton in P2 and P3, respectively.
After an exciting race, clients were still full of energy, discussing the race well into the long journey back home.
by Charlotte Carter, Marketing Executive