I thought I was lucky when I won a ticket for the FOTA Fan Forum the other week, I had a wonderful time and got to meet Frank Williams and Patrick Head, who are the guys behind my favorite F1 team Williams, so I didn't think that could be beaten, I figured it more than made up or not being able to go to the Grand Prix this year, it was like the racing gods were looking down on me. :-)
Anyway, I watched the British Grand Prix on the telly, it was a rainsoaked few days for everyone there, and no doubt that if I had gone I would've come home very muddy indeed, I spent most of the time imaging I was there and wondering how my friends were getting on, even though it was horribly muddy and wet this year I still would've given anything to be there.
|Silverstone, quite possibly my favorite place in the world.|
I set off with the aim to get some photos signed by the drivers to add to my collection, and I ended up with so much more than that...
When I got to Silverstone I could hear the sound of F1 cars going round the track, that's my favorite sound in the whole wide world, so I was already happy, but I was about to get even happier, incredibly I was allowed to park in the actual paddock, now if you don't know F1, this is where all the teams park their trucks and motorhomes and getting in during the actual race weekend is impossible, but there I was in the paddock surrounded by team trucks, I squealed a little inside. :-)
|The view from one end of the paddock|
|The Silverstone Wing from inside the track, in other words the V.I.P view. :-)|
|Rio Haryanto (on the left) discussing the on track action with his driver coach.|
|Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, the grandstand in the background is where I sat last year.|
|Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, looking fast.|
|Valtteri Bottas (again) making sweet music with his Wiiliams. :-)|
|Max Chilton in his Marussia coming into the pits.|
I decided that the best thing to do would be to hang around outside the garage so when Bottas came out I could grab him. Well, I stood around for about 10 minutes and felt a bit of an idiot, team personel were coming and going and I obviously didn't belong, but everyone acted like it was no big deal, eventually I spotted a face that was familar, and it was Dickie Stanford the race team manager, I started chatting to him and told him what I was doing and if he could help, he told me he'd tell Bottas I was outside waiting and then he went back in to the garage. I waited some more, and some more, and some more, there was no sign of Bottas, so when Dickie came out again I took the chance to be really cheeky and I asked him if there was any chance I could go in the garage and wait, not thinking for a second he'd say yes, but he just said yeah sure and took me in!
|The entrance to the Williams garage, how cool is it that I became one of those invited guests! :-D|
Max Chilton was outside the Marussia garage, so I grabbed him and asked if he'd had a chance to sign my photo, he had so I asked him if he'd have his photo taken with it, he posed inside the truck and I really love the photo I got, Max is a really cool guy and I'm sure F1 sponsors will love him.
|Max Chilton and his signed photo.|
|Rio Haryanto with the print he'd just signed for me.|
As I left I picked up some of the confetti from the podium celebrations from the week before, I couldn't resist as they were printed with the F1 logo on them. :-)
|Really cool F1 confetti from the podium celebrations.|
Cheerio for now,