The countdown is on for the start of the Formula 1 season
It’s little more than three weeks to go before the start of the Formula 1 Grand Prix season – and at Atlas Helicopters we can’t wait!
Currently, the teams have been testing their state-of-the-art racing cars in Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with all eyes on the season’s curtain-raiser in Melbourne on March 20th.
But it is when the Formula 1 circus reaches Europe later this summer that things really hot up. And at Atlas, we’ve already received plenty of enquiries for our popular Silverstone VIP weekend packages for the British Grand Prix.
Will Lewis Reign Again at Silverstone?
World champion Lewis Hamilton has been setting a red hot pace in testing as his Mercedes team look to continue their stranglehold on the F1 title race.
But the three-time world champion reckons that he and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg are not going to have it all their own way. Asked if Mercedes were without rivals, the Briton replied: “I don’t think so. Ferrari and Williams look competitive.”
And after achieving his childhood ambition of chalking up a hat-trick of F1 titles last year, the 31-year-old Briton explained that his determination to win was as strong as ever. “You don’t need to find new motivation,” he said. “You use the same motivation you’ve used all your life.”
Gap Narrows Between Teams
After last season’s processional F1 campaign, it looks like it’s going to be a tighter tussle this term, if the times recorded in testing from Barcelona are a guide to form.
Ferrari have looked impressive in Spain with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both flying, as the Scuderia have enhanced their credentials as Mercedes’ main rivals during testing.
Jenson Button leads to the McLaren charge along with Fernando Alonso, equipped with a new Honda engine. After a season of struggle and unreliability, hopes are high of a competitive team this year.
F1 fans won’t notice too many changes in 2016. The cars are now all fitted with a new exhaust system which will make them noisier and create even more atmosphere around the circuits.
There has also been a greater focus on driver safety with larger padded areas around the driver’s head, and the teams will be using new tyre set-ups with Pirelli offering three dry compounds, including a new super soft compound which has proved fast in testing in Spain.
VIP Trips to the British Grand Prix
It all adds up to a mouth-watering F1 season beginning in Australia, before the cavalcade heads to Bahrain and China in April, and then Russia, Spain and Monaco in May.
For British fans, the highlight of the season will be on the weekend of July 10th when Silverstone hosts the tenth round of the campaign.
More than 140,000 spectators are expected to flock to the Northamptonshire circuit over the three days, which includes practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday.
At Atlas Helicopters, it’s one of our busiest weekends of the year with many customers returning to book packages, flying over the crowds and directly to the race circuit to take up pole position.
Unlike other British Grand Prix hospitality packages, we fly you to a specially prepared and exclusive VIP area where you will be served wonderful food and champagne from breakfast through to a proper English tea.
There’s no traffic jams, no queuing for entrance, just the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the great sporting events of the year with friends or even corporate guests, treating them to amazing panoramic views as they sip fine champagne while enjoying gourmet food.
Your Location is not a Problem
We can pick you up close to your home, fly you to Silverstone and back home once you have witnessed the final lap, chequered flag, lap of victory, and the spraying of champagne.
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Formula 1 2016 race calendar
March 20: Melbourne, Australia
April 3: Bahrain, Bahrain
April 17: Shanghai, China
May 1: Sochi, Russia
May 15: Barcelona, Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Montreal, Canada
June 19: Baku, Azerbaijan
July 3: Spielberg, Austria
July 10: Silverstone, United Kingdom
July 24: Budapest, Hungary
July 31: Hockenheim, Germany
August 28: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4: Monza, Italy
September 18: Singapore
October 2: Sepang, Malaysia
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: Sao Paulo, Brazil
November 27: Abu Dhabi, UAE
For full details visit: Formula 1
Race drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Race drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen
Race drivers: Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa
Race drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat
Engine: TAG Heuer-branded Renault
Race drivers: Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez
Race drivers: Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen
Race drivers: Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz
Engine: Ferrari (2015 version)
Race drivers: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson
Race drivers: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button
Race drivers: Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto
Race drivers: Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez
For full team details visit: Formula 1