From the moment we contacted Silverstone to book our Drivers Lounge Hospitality tickets, to the end of the day being escorted back to the car park in what felt like our personal Mercedes passenger van, the hospitality and experience here is nothing short of seamless.
The Silverstone booking team were professional and made us feel at ease from the very beginning, and with the tickets arriving in good time, we were very excited to attend the event. On the day we arrived nice and early to the hospitality car park (a five minute walk to the track) and within another five minutes were in the drivers lounge transporter to take us to our venue for the day. It looked like we were going to queue for a few minutes until the prompt and friendly staff ushered us towards the front to invite us through. (This happened with everyone, no one was queuing more than a minute to enter the drivers lounge dome). Once inside and shown to our table, which on it had the programme and a radio each, we indulged in the lovely breakfast rolls and fresh orange juice on offer.
With still an hour until the first practice, this gave us enough time to have a leisurely stroll around the drivers lounge. A stage with live entertainment throughout the day, official merchandise was on offer to purchase, a pick n mix stand, ice cream with every available topping, but it was the simulators and virtual reality offering sitting in a shell of an F1 car that entered the imagination of most attendees and was certainly the biggest attraction. Everyone wanted to see how quick they could get around this famous track, albeit without going 200mph and risking their lives!
Time for the first F1 practice of the day and the outside area is superb. What a scintillating view. Drivers lounge is situated inbertween stowe and vale and club corner, a venue where you can see every racer go through the gears. You can feel the roar of the engines, and the view is that good, you can easily make out the numbers on the drivers cars. We managed to get a table and thoroughly enjoyed spotting the racers as they entered on to the new Silverstone surface for the first time.
After the first practice we stayed outside, the sun was shining, and the bar was open, we deserved refreshing! Inside throughout the day there is activity on the main stage and we popped back in to get a glimpse of Johnny Herbert, who gave a great interview.
One huge advantage of hospitality at Silverstone is that you have inner track access so can pretty much see the whole track throughout the day if you wish, so we decided to have a wonder. When I say wonder we walked to the drivers lounge entrance and were welcomed into what felt like our Mercedes for the day, and asked where to by the friendly driver who’s knowledge of the event entertained us on our quick journey down to the entertainment zone.
If you have been to Silverstone on any race weekend, hospitality or not, you will know there is plenty to do for all the family. Entertainment zones with segways and armed forces displays, a family zone with face painting and go-karting, sports zone with giant board games and don’t forget to the see the street zone with performers, our favourite being a fantastic artist who only uses toy cars to paint pictures of cars and the racers. We were also lucky enough to see the RAF parachute team grace the skies. Anyone lucky enough to attend on race day would of seen another stunning display by the fantastic Red Arrows.
After a stroll around the entertainment zones, we went back to the drivers lounge for lunch, a choice of fish, lamb, chicken with fresh bread and then a huge selection of desserts, we definitely had our fair share! There is also Formula 2 and 3 practice and qualifying on the Friday so all day on track entertainment as well as inside the drivers lounge hospitality.
We ventured back outside to get ready for F1 driver spotting round two, and if we have to have one criticism of the drivers lounge, it is that if absolutely everyone wants to be outside when the action is on the track, then the smaller individuals among us did struggle to see the action. We moved to a spot everyone could see and thoroughly enjoyed the remainder of the practice.
We continued the day outside enjoying the F3 qualifying, the sun was beaming down on the track. The entertainment continued in the form of bands such as Razorlight, and a band we hadn’t seen before, but would see again, the Severs. A fantastic evening and end to a seamless superb experience.
We would highly recommend this as a corporate event, especially as there is plenty of time throughout the day to be getting deep with clients, but we would also highly recommend this as a treat spent with friends, it really is a special event and venue. An experience you, your friends or clients will certainly remember, a huge congratulations to the Silverstone team.
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