After a stunning start to the season, Mercedes suffered a mighty setback at the Hockenheim ring this weekend. In a race which saw seven drivers failing to finish, the 2019 German Grand Prix was challenging from the start. Poor weather meant a standing start was employed and put all drivers on wet weather tyres, although a drying track saw many switch to intermediate tyres early on. With Riccardo forced out due to exhaust problems and Perez and LeClerc forced out due to spins, the field looked promising for both Hamilton and Bottas to secure another victory for Mercedes. However, that hope didn't last long as Hamilton quickly followed LeClerc, losing control at turn 17 on the 26th lap. Whilst Hamilton was able to continue, the damage cost him a 50 second pitstop and arguably the race.
With Bottas in fourth place at lap 56, the chance of a top three finish still looked likely for Mercedes, but a collision with a barrier was enough to bring his race to an early close. Having started with grid positions 1 and 3, Mercedes were left with one driver out and another with a seriously impeded time. As Verstappen extended his lead, Vettel flew past Sainz, Stroll and Kvyat to go from last on the grid to finish in second.
Following Verstappen's victory in Germany, Red Bull have won two out of the last three races, putting Mercedes under threat. Whilst Hamilton and Bottas remain top of this year's standings, with 225 and 184 points respectively, Verstappen and Vettel are inching ever closer with 162 and 141 points each. With the Hungarian Grand Prix looming, Verstappen is keeping his mind clear regarding his title chances, stating, 'With Mercedes having had such a dominant start to the season, it is really hard to catch them. We are going to try but I am not thinking about the title.'
F1 Hospitality Packages
If you’re eager to see how the rest of the season shapes up and you want to experience the thrill of being trackside at some of this year’s biggest sporting events, F1 hospitality packages are the best way to do it. The Paddock Club Business Suite offers endless luxury, as well as high-value networking opportunities and meeting spaces.
With an open champagne bar, gourmet dining and all-day refreshments, guests are well-prepared to watch the action. As well as having a prime view of the track and the pits, Paddock Club guests are also invited to tour the pits lanes and paddock. In addition to this, your luxury F1 hospitality package includes dedicated circuit tours on the driver parade truck and driver appearances.
Whilst guests will be enthralled with the day’s racing and hospitality entertainment, the Paddock Club always keeps business in mind. A dedicated business concierge service ensures you have access to everything you need, whilst the Formula 1 Paddock Club App enables you to set your own schedule and network digitally with other guests.
The added option of booking a Paddock Club Private Suite means the upcoming Grands Prix are the ultimate venues to host corporate guests. Branded to your specifications, custom in-suite entertainment and dedicated hospitality staff will ensure your guests want for nothing, whilst the exhilarating race provides the perfect backdrop to your day.
Gearing Up for Goodwood
Having celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, Goodwood Festival of Speed underwent something of a revamp this year. Still featuring its iconic fixtures, the layout of the festival was updated to offer more exciting events than ever before. With tickets sold out months in advance, the Festival was, yet again, a highlight of the motorsports calendar. 2019 saw the launch of The Arena and welcomed some of the most extreme events on the itinerary; drift cars, stunt drivers and epic displays of bravery were all on show, while the Goodwood Action Sports zone added popular e-gaming to its motorcross, BMX and trial riders’ showcase.
However, Goodwood Festival of Speed in more than just a spectator event. With ample opportunities to view cars and bikes up close, as well as meet their drivers, guests are treated to an epic weekend of fun and excitement. Whilst the 2019 Festival may have only just come to a close, there is already buzz surrounding next year’s Festival of Speed, and people are eagerly awaiting the release of tickets.
If you want to ensure you get the best spot and guaranteed tickets next year, why not opt for a sought-after hospitality package? With a range of options, you can book your place at the Lawn Library Garden Party, joint the Startline Club or take advantage of a trackside balcony and private garden with a Trackside Pavilion.
With the 2020 Festival of Speed still a year away, in the meantime, you can satiate your desire for all things automotive by attending the Goodwood Revival. Taking place from 13-15th September 2019, the Revival is a three-day celebration of Goodwood’s history. Featuring cars and races from its original era, the Revival showcases the best of classic British racing. Enjoy the spectacle as vintage vehicles from 1948-1966 take on the circuit, take a wander around the historical sets and even join in the fun by dressing the part!
Whether you opt for a place in The Barracks, a spot in the Goodwood Mess, a seat in The Assembly Rooms or a night in The Kennels, Goodwood Revival hospitality packages offer unrivalled luxury, exquisite food and attentive hostess service.
To find out more or to book motorsports hospitality packages, contact us at DTB now.
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