Firmly cemented as one of Gullivers favourite Grand Prix events, the Spanish Grand Prix marks the beginning of our Formula 1 Season. Read our tour report here!
Barcelona is a beautiful tourist city boasting a vibrant culture, fantastic food and warm weather that combine to make it a perfect choice for a weekend motorsport break with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya only 30 minutes away.
Our Tour package flights departed from Gatwick and Manchester early on Friday morning to get us all in to Barcelona for the early afternoon, with time to explore the city or chill and prepare for the weekend ahead. Our guests had a choice of three fantastically located city hotels depending on budget. The ibis Bogatell, Salles Hotel Pere IV or the Hilton Diagonal Mar (popular with F1 teams and famous faces). Our first evening provided a chance to meet some of our fellow travellers at our popular welcome drinks reception. An ideal way to get to know each over, learn our way around the city and for those who are attending their first Grand Prix to better understand the way Formula 1 weekend works, the Championship so far and any other questions.
Saturday allowed our clients to choose between attending Qualifying at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, just 40 minutes away, or exploring the city for the day before the big race day on Sunday. Patchy cloud blocked the Spanish sunshine for those seated in General Admission or Uncovered Grandstands, allowing avid F1 fans to marvel the exciting race schedule of F2 and F3 as well as the Porsche Super Cup before the Qualifying commenced.
It was another Mercedes domination, with Bottas taking pole followed by Hamilton and then the ever competitive Vettel and Verstappen taking third and fourth respectively. Another unfortunate event for Ricciardo saw him crowned slowest in Q3 and limp in to thirteenth just ahead of Raikkonen.
Race Day and we had Bottas on pole for a third consecutive Grand Prix, beating his team mate Hamilton by over half a second. A thrilling start as we watched Mercedes and Ferrari go head to head, before the first corner saw Bottas penned in by Hamilton and Vettel before being overtaken by Hamilton, who never forfeited his lead to win his third Spanish Grand Prix in a row. During the race the tension was on after Lap 46 when the Safety Car bunched everyone together for a sprint to the finish. Hamilton finished Lap 66 not only in first place but also with the race’s fastest lap (1’18.492) with Bottas surrendering that it was “impossible” to beat his teammate’s time.
Mercedes have stretched their lead to be almost 100 points ahead of second place rivals Ferrari, with one of the most eagerly anticipated races of every season, Monaco, ready to captivate the world in two weeks’ time!