In today’s Off-Track, Invictus Racing League admin, commentator and driver Sab7786 gives us a quick update into his first week out in Australia before he attends the first race of the season this weekend.
After a very early flight from Manchester to Perth last week, he has been enjoying time catching up with family living in Australia, but after making it to Melbourne early this week, he was able to join up with his friends in the McLaren Papaya+ membership group as they toured the Albert Park circuit before the crowds descended on Thursday.
It was Thursday where he really got to explore the paddock, and flanked by an increasing number of passionate F1 fans all looking to see and photograph this seasons cars and drivers. He was fortunate enough to be guided around the circuit on a tour by representatives of the Australian Grand Prix, along with the chance to meet and chat with Toro Rosso drivers Alexander Albon and Daniil Kyvat.
McLaren were then gracious enough to invite their membership VIP’s into the McLaren paddock facility where they could look around the inner workings of a F1 weekend, and later to the team hotel for a meet and greet with Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz just a few hours before the two would jump into the car and roll out on track for the first time in an official race weekend session in 2019.
Unfortunately, he was at the track when news broke about the passing of Race Director Charlie Whiting, a hush and solemn atmosphere had swept across the paddock and in the famous Melbourne Walk area. The tributes to Charlie have been pouring in, and it is wonderful to see that his life is being properly celebrated this weekend by so many.
On the ‘Melbourne Walk’ , he’s already had the chance at photo opportunities with the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Leclerc and the Haas drivers of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and with the weekend only beginning, I’m sure he will get the chance to see many more!
We hope Sab is enjoying his time out in Melbourne, and we will catch up with him after the race on Sunday to find out how he found his Australian Grand Prix 2019 experience. Thanks to Sab for providing us with photo permission and we can’t wait to hear from you!
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