You might not expect it but I can’t deny that I’m a bit of a rev-head. What’s not to love about fast cars racing neck-and-neck around a track, particularly when they’re the world’s best right on your doorstep.
This year marked my first ever visit to The Formula 1® Rolex Australia Grand Prix following on from Wednesday night’s Glamour on the Grid party (more on that here). This is an event Melbourne fully embraces so I was suitably excited to be finally checking it out for myself.
I’d previously watched a bit of F1 action on TV here and there but had never had the privilege of seeing the sport live. But boy was I missing out! While they always looked and sounded cool from my lounge room I was absolutely blown away by seeing these cars in action in the flesh.
On Saturday Jason and I were treated to a day in the Paddock Club which saw us in the thick of all the action above pit lane. We even had the opportunity to take a stroll past all the team garages as the RAAF Jet rumbled and roared overhead.
We watched qualifying from above Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s pit as the Englishman went on to record the fastest time ahead of the next day’s race.
Speaking of the ultimate cool cat, the other thing that’s awesome about the F1’s are the characters behind the cars. From the tattooed and gold-chain wearing Hamilton to the humerous poker face of Kimi Räikkönen and the infectious and down-to-earth personality of Australian Dan Ricciardo there’s something to love about everyone.
I had such a super Saturday that we snuck back on Sunday for the main race. This time we spectated from the World Champion Stand on turns three and four and again my appreciation for the sport only grew. The tactics the teams use are something else, it’s all about the timing and tyres, so seeing them go at it in person only has me hooked on this elite sport.
Scroll down to see all my best snaps from a wonderful weekend of Australian Grand Prix action.