OH MY GOD! So, I've never done anything like this before; I've only ever watched it on the TV and to a certain extent I've wondered what all the fuss is about.
Last Friday, after happily accepting an invitation from Mercedes AMG I drove to Spar to watch the Belgium Grand Prix. I have to admit I’m a fan of Mercedes; a big enthusiast in fact. However, I really had no idea what to expect from this trip.
BAM! I was completely blown away to say the least. First of all I got to drive most of the AMG range, well, all apart from Lewis’s of-course! Secondly, I got to drive the A45 pocket rocket right into the main paddock when arriving which was a huge thrill.
I have to admit, that whilst in Spar I found myself in unfamiliar territory, not surrounded by the usual fashion press I was in fact surrounded by leading car journalists who were ace and really good fun to spend the weekend with, namely Charlie Turner, Editor of Top Gear. He was not just the petrol sniffing, adrenaline junkie that I’d thought he’d be. Not only did we have a laugh, he also gave me a tour of the pit-lane and explained the ins and out of the race and the industry.
The whole set up at Spar is absolutely amazing as I’m sure you can imagine. It’s not just the race itself, moreover, the spectacle that surrounds it; all effortlessly conducted by this rather small grey haired man called Bernie. It turns out that Bernie wheels quite a lot of power, interestingly the whole of this set up seems to be run marvellously well by Brits. It’s all a very British affair, from the mechanics, through to the team managers and team owners.
Can I just talk about Lewis’ earrings for a moment; they were kind of amazing!
The sights and the sounds were such a spectacle, just amazing. I was lucky enough to walk around Lewis’s Mercedes and wow what an incredible piece of kit. If I was 4 stone lighter I might stand a chance of getting one leg in the cockpit. How he does it, I don’t know.
The atmosphere at the rink is high octane and big on smell, whether it’s the cheap perfume or petrol fumes everyone seems to be high on life! The energy levels are fever pitch whether you’re a driver or a Grand Prix enthusiast. The noise of the cars screeching out of the pit lanes is quite incredible something I’ve never heard before, (they said it used to be much louder), I’m not sure how that’s even possible. The race itself goes amazingly quickly; cars rush so fast past you you’re left with neck ache.
What an experience! From start to the finish line, Mercedes Benz took care of every detail, something I’ll never forget. Thank you.