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      11-06-2011, 10:00 AM   #1
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The F1 Paddock Experience

As I had mentioned in another thread, I was fortunate enough to get access to the F1 Paddock at the Indian Grand Prix, courtesy of the Mercedes F1 team. Some of you asked for pictures and stories, so I decided to oblige. Apologies if the pictures aren't terribly clear, they were taken with my iphone. So here goes:

My tickets came in the mail 2 days before the actual event, which was a bit frustrating. However, the packaging and presentation was beautiful







I flew into Delhi on Friday evening, got to the hotel, ate dinner with a close friend, and then went to bed. I woke up to an incredibly smoggy, cool fall morning, thinking, "Oh shit, how will the drivers see anything?!". The only respite was that the highway to the circuit was brand new, had NO SPEED LIMITS, and was straight as an arrow. I kid you not, I was passed by a 530d that must have been doing at least 130-140 mph. It was anarchy on the road.





When we got to the circuit, my excitement truly grew. There's something special about arriving at a track early in the morning - perhaps it's the anticipation of everything that is to come.





We breezed through the four or five check points, got through paddock security, and I found myself facing an imposing set of stairs. At the top was an immense and amazing sight.













We got there a bit early, so we had a chance to see a few of the F1 royalty enter the paddock (FI drivers):





Once we got in, we had a view of our seating arrangements and balcony from which we could watch qualifying and the race.

Mercedes hospitality area, with food, booze, Swiss waitresses and live timing screens: everything a man could want:




Balcony seats for the race/qualifying:



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