19/06/2016

The Speed is higher in the Land of Fire!

And finally that week-end that we were waiting from 2014 has arrived. First ever European GP that was held in our beautiful city - Baku. Who could ever dream about it 10 years ago, even 5 years ago? And here they are: All the famous Formula 1 drivers are in Azerbaijan, in Baku.
Right after i came back from Turkey (where i'm currently student) on Thursday, 16th, i was lucky enough (thanks to my friends from f-1.az) to be invited to the Red Bull's press conference in JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel, where Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were happily agreed to respond to journalist's questions and give an autographs after the press conference.  




After the press conference we went to Hilton hotel (which is in front of Marriott Hotel), where most of the F1 drivers chose it to stay in. There we were fortunate to meet Carlos Sainz Jr from Scuderia Toro Rosso, Pascal Wehrlein from Manor Racing, Stoffel Vandoorne (reserve driver), Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button from Mclaren Honda team, non-drivers as a famous russian commentator Alexey Popov and Natalia Fabrichnaya, famous F1 photographer Mark Sutton. The most important thing that my biggest dream to see #FA14 became true that day =) 
GP2 cars

Button in an elevator






So on Thursday, 16 June there were 4 teams which were scheduled to give an autograph to their fans: Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, Toro Rosso. As the time was limited, and so many fans waiting in queue, i couldn't get photo and autograph from both Mercedes drivers.



Got my autographs from both Scuderia Ferrari drivers
Selfie with Nico Rosberg's manager Georg Nolte
After the autograph sessions, there was a pit-lane walk where ticket-holders could look closely at the inner workings of Formula 1 teams as they prepare for the weekend's racing. 













the Brits cheer up for Hamilton


17th of June - Friday - 1st day of the European Grand Prix 2016 - 1st and 2nd practice sessions. Our morning started with disappointed news, that autograph session of Mclaren and Haas teams are canceled due to the weather conditions (it was strong wind that day in Baku-but for us it's normal :D ), and fortunately later the next day we were informed that Mclaren's autograph session is going to be held at 8 pm (Saturday, 18th).



18th of June, Saturday - Third practice sessions and qualifying. Autograph sessions for Renault and Force India.
P.S Nico Hulkenberg is so cute :)



 
Nico Rosberg took a pole position - Gut Gemacht! 
18th of June, Saturday evening. Waiting for Mclaren Drivers. 
 And here they are:



Gracias Fernando for your kindness. He signed my Spanish flag and wrote 'To Sara" on autograph card :)
19th of June, Sunday - it's Race Day and Manor's, Williams', Sauber's autograph session day.
 
















 Fernando Alonso before the start of the F1 European Grand Prix 2016. 










Great win by Nico Rosberg, who now has 141points (1st in Drivers Standings), followed by Sebastian Vettel (96 points) and Checo Perez on the third step of the podium with 39 points,  Lewis Hamilton came 5th to the finish, and has 117 points (2nd in Drivers Standings).




Toto Wolff - Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team













Parc Fermé,the cars have to be weighed (+some other checks). 


This was my craziest week-end ever, thanks for organizers and my friends from f-1.az for adding more colors to it. See you next year on 2017 European Grand Prix.

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