Everything you need to know about Salon Privé

Classic car fans, assemble – everybody’s favourite luxury car show is returning to London next month. The Salon Privé is heading to the Royal Hospital Chelsea for three days in April, giving car lovers the chance to take a closer look at some of the finest classic cars around.

The spectacular lawns will be transformed into a stunning presentation of luxury automobiles. From Aston Martins from the ‘60s to new and exclusive cars debuting at the show, attendees will have the chance to treat themselves to anything that catches their eye.

As well as the wonderful range of cars to enjoy, visitors to the Salon Privé can also take advantage of our exclusive hospitality packages, which offer a three-course lunch on days one and two, as well as a family-friendly buffet on day three.

As well as a complimentary bar to keep you refreshed in between exploring the thrills that the event has to offer, you can also enjoy a relaxed, comfortable environment, with attractions and performers guaranteed to keep you entertained.

The Salon Privé at Royal Hospital Chelsea is set to be an incredible event and if you enjoy it and fancy some more, we’ll be doing it all over again for the grand finale at Blenheim in August.

Day 1 – Thursday 18th April

The opening day of the Salon Privé will be a celebration of Porsches as we toast the 50-year anniversary of the 911 Turbo. For one day only, guests can peruse a vast collection of Turbos through the ages lined up along the lawn.

Thursday also represents the first day of the Concours de Vente. Learn the histories of all the classic cars on offer and, as they’re all for sale, there’s the opportunity to purchase the items as well.

Day 2 – Friday 19th April

While day one is dedicated to Porches, the second day is all about McLaren. Join us for Ladies’ Day and discover the biggest variety of McLaren models ever seen in London.

Meanwhile, the Concours de Vente continues for those in the market for a new car, or simply those interested in taking a look. There will be 75 classic cars for sale, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Aston Martins.

Day 3 – Saturday 20th April

The last day of the event, but certainly not the least, is Supercar Saturday. Enjoy a luxury display of supercars on the lawn in a collaboration with SCC Private Members Club.

The final day will also see awards presented to the models in the Concours de Vente, with attendees able to vote for their favourite in the ‘People’s Choice’ award. It’s also the last chance to see the best new cars and motorcycles debuting at the Salon Privé.

Salon Privé dress code

While the Salon Privé is a high-end event, they prefer to keep things relaxed and encourage a sophisticated dress code without being too formal. Gentlemen are advised to wear a comfortable suit or blazer with chinos, along with a pair of brogues.

Ladies are encouraged to don chic attire like a summer dress, trousers or a jumpsuit. They’re also advised to wear shoes that they can comfortably wear to walk on gravel paths and lawns. For this reason, wearing stiletto heels is not recommended.

Formula 1: Flying start for Red Bull’s 2024 Title Defence

It’s that time of year again, the Formula 1 season is back under way and the new season is already promising to be an exciting one. Two races down and twenty-two to go, expect thrills and spills throughout. The racing action will be coming thick and fast with a record schedule length of 24 races in 2024. Will the magnificent Max Verstappen be able to sustain his dominance from last season or will there be a new champion crowned in the Abu Dhabi finale?

The 2024 Bahrain season opener provided some brilliant entertainment as it always does, with all the drivers coming together again after their off season with fans curious to see how the teams had improved their cars for the new campaign.

It was business as usual for Max Verstappen and Red Bull as the Dutchman banked another victory under the lights with his teammate Sergio Perez coming in second to complete the perfect weekend for the Red Bull team. Ferrari teammates Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc finished 3rd and 4th respectively rounding off a good weekend for their team.

Lewis Hamilton finished 7th with his Mercedes team as teammate George Russell was two places ahead in 5th. A slightly disappointing result for Hamilton in what has been a tough last couple of years for the Briton. However, his announcement of joining Ferrari in 2025 provides some hope of him getting himself back on the podium but he will be keen to put in a good final season for the team that saw him win 7 Drivers’ Championships including four on the trot.

Another poor drive from Logan Sargeant saw him finish in 20th place and after only one point last season, questions were raced about Williams’ decision to re-sign the young American alongside Alexander Albon who took the chequered flag in 13th position.

The oldest driver on the grid, Fernando Alonso still managed an impressive top 6 finish. In his 40s now the Spaniard shows no signs of letting up as he continues to challenge the best drivers in the world. How many more seasons does he have left in him?

And after the excitement of the season opener in Bahrain, it was onto Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the second round. A race that has caused much controversy in recent years off the track due to drivers’ unease to race due to Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record with Hamilton being one of the more prominent critics of the event and its decision to be held in Jeddah as well as many others threatening a boycott. With that said, the race still is a headline fixture in the F1 calendar and once again drivers arrived in Jeddah for the second round of the 2024 season.

It was déjà vu for Red Bull after Bahrain as Max Verstappen was once again the victor finishing an incredible 13 seconds ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez in second place. Oscar Piastri impressed for Mclaren as he took the chequered flag in fourth place with teammate Lando Norris in eighth.

Perhaps the biggest talking point of the weekend was 18-year old Oliver Bearman’s stand-in debut performance for Ferrari. With the Briton called up hours before the final practice to replace Carlos Sainz, the youngster qualified 11th on the grid and improved to take seventh place in the race.

A brilliant performance saw him hold off both Norris and Hamilton raising a few eyebrows in the process. It will be interesting to see how the youngster fares for the rest of the F2 season and whether he will be offered a contract to race in F1 in 2025.

Further down the grid, Pierre Gasly was forced to retire on the first lap due to gear issues as Lance Stroll crashed out on the 5th lap to end his hopes of placing in the points. It was a better performance for Logan Sargeant as he finished in 14th place, but there is work to be done if he wants to keep his seat for the 2025 season.

Next up is the Australian Grand Prix. Will it be another win for Verstappen and Red Bull? Will Hamilton be able to improve on his disappointing results? Can Ferrari have any response to Red Bull’s dominance? There is no doubt it will be another scintillating race on the Melbourne circuit, can Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo impress in front of the home crowd?

A perfect start for Red Bull and Max Verstappen sees them target their 3rd title in a row and Verstappen’s 4th Drivers’ Championship on the bounce. Can anyone actually stop them? Verstappen couldn’t do the impossible and go the season with a 100% record, could he? It would be astonishing if he did. Want to find out? Watch the F1 live from the best seats in the house with Engage Hospitality

What is the Goodwood Festival of Speed?

Are you a motorsports fan? Do you have a passion for cars past and present? Or are you just an adrenaline junkie who loves speed and sound? If you said yes to any of these questions, we have just the place for you.

On Thursday 11th July 2024, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed will be returning once again. An action packed weekend that car lovers will thrive in, with multiple events and action areas for any motorsport fanatic.

What to expect?

Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual motorsports festival located at Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester. It is a jam-packed weekend featuring modern and historic motorcars as well as a range of different events including a hill climb race, air displays, rally events and much more. It will take place from the 11th to the 14th July and is sure to have something for everyone whether you are a diehard motorsport fan or not.

Each year, a new theme for the festival is announced associated with the motoring industry, and this year it’s no different. The theme for 2024 is ‘Horseless to Hybrid- Revolutions in Power’ which will celebrate the evolution of motorcars and how they have developed through the years from the first ‘horseless’ carriage to the sustainable, more environmentally friendly cars today.

Sustainability will be the main focus of the weekend from the Hill Race to the many exhibits around the festival. The event that Goodwood is famous for is the well-renowned Hill Race attracting 1000s of spectators every year. It is unique to the festival and will see the cars battle it out in a time-trial styled event to be crowned ‘King of the Hill’.

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‘Action on the hill’

The Hillclimb is the most iconic part of Goodwood and has been the centre of action since the festival’s inception in 1993. A winding 1.16 mile stretch that finishes at the top of the Goodwood hill, tests the limits of drivers of the utmost quality with Sunday Shootout winners including Sebastian Loeb, Jonathan Palmer and Martin Brundle.

Indy 500 Champ and former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya exclaimed that it was the ‘narrowest, bumpiest, least grippy course I have ever driven. But I loved it’.

It was Marvin Kirchhöfer’s title in 2023 in his McLaren Solus GT. However, Max Chilton is the current record holder from 2022 with a blistering 39.08 seconds in a McMurtry Spéirling, over 2 seconds faster than the previous record held by Nick Heidfield in a McLaren MP4/13. Can anyone get near 39 seconds in 2024?

Something for all motorsport fans

What else is on? The Hillclimb is not the only scintillating part of the weekend, in fact there is something for all motorsport fans to enjoy. If you are a rally fan why not spectate the classic Forest Rally Stage as some of the best current rally drivers take on the gravel for the fastest time including cars ranging from modern WRC cars to the infamous Group B machines.

How about Goodwood Action Sports? This arena is perfect for adrenaline junkies showcasing BMX stunts, motocross jumps and more that will have you watching with one eye open!

Get the chance to meet your heroes and walk through the FOS pit-lane. You will be up close and personal with some of the best drivers in Formula 1, MotoGP and more. You will be within inches of modern F1 cars with Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren in attendance. Don’t forget the classic Goodwood air displays including an epic show put on by the legendary Red Arrows and watch in awe as they paint the sky in their famous formation.

With this being only a small snippet of the entertainment on show and what to expect it’s safe to say you will not be short of things to do and see.

Goodwood Festival of Speed is easily one of the best motorsport events of the year in the UK with thousands of fans flocking from all over the country to the South Coast for an exhilarating weekend of some of the most impressive machines the 21st century has to offer.

For motoring enthusiasts and anyone interested in getting involved with the automobile industry, you just can’t miss this. Check out Engage’s range of hospitality options for the Festival of Speed as well as the Goodwood Revival at the start of September.

Formula One: Can anyone end Max Verstappen’s reign?

It’s almost time for the green flag to wave to signal the start of the 2024 Formula One season and Max Verstappen will have a fourth consecutive title firmly in his sights.

The Red Bull maestro raced to glory last year, winning all but three races in a dominating season. However, he’ll face stiff competition in the form of Lewis Hamilton, who is looking to edge ahead of Michael Schumacher in the all-time rankings.

When does the Formula One season start?

It feels like just yesterday that the curtain closed on last season but the new campaign is just over a month away. The Bahrain Grand Prix will get proceedings underway on 2nd March and it’s a course that Hamilton knows well having won there a record five times.

Verstappen claimed his maiden win there a year ago and he’ll be targeting another fast start this time around. The 2024 season marks the 75th edition of the F1 Drivers’ Championship and it will host a record-high 24 races.

All of the 22 Grands Prix from last year are included, while the Chinese Grand Prix returns for the first time since 2019 following complications related to the pandemic. Elsewhere, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is also back on the schedule after being called off last time out due to flooding.

The British Grand Prix marks the midway point of the season. The iconic race takes place on 7th July and is another course where Hamilton holds the record with eight wins. Much like in Bahrain, Verstappen won at Silverstone for the first time in 2023.

Once again, the season will finish with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which takes place on 8th December.

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Verstappen looks to make it four in a row

It’s fair to say that Verstappen has dominated the sport in recent years and he stepped things up in 2023 as he finished almost 300 points clear at the top of the standings. He was unstoppable as he won all but three races, as well as twice finishing as runner-up.

The 26-year-old is looking to become just the fifth driver in history to win four titles in a row and it’s a feat that would put him in esteemed company alongside Hamilton, Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Juan Manuel Fangio.

It could be argued that Verstappen is yet to reach his peak and the only way is up. If he can carry on driving for as long as Hamilton, there’s no knowing how many titles he could finish his career with.

However, this season is inevitably going to be more difficult. Verstappen is unlikely to win 19 races again so he’ll need to find a different gear in order to see off the challenges of his rivals.

Can McLaren and Ferrari spoil the party?

The F1 championship has been won by a driver from Red Bull or Mercedes every single year since 2009, when Jenson Button claimed it for Brawn. McLaren last won it in 2008 thanks to Hamilton while Ferrari, despite their early noughties dominance with Schumacher, haven’t won it since Kimi Raikkonen’s success the year before.

While Red Bull will be banking on another title this season, McLaren and Ferrari both have contenders in their ranks. The main man for McLaren is Lando Norris, who managed to finish sixth in 2023 despite a disappointing start to the season.

The Brit bounced back strongly and finished on the podium in six of the final nine races, including on home soil at Silverstone. He’ll be confident of taking his end of season form into the campaign and challenge Verstappen for the title.

Meanchile, Ferrari star Charles Leclerc finished fifth last year, finishing in the top five on eight occasions, including three podiums. The 26-year-old finished second overall in 2022, winning three races, and he’s shown he’s capable of getting the better of Verstappen in the past.

Both Norris and Leclerc have recently signed new deals with their respective teams, ending speculation that they could be tempted to jump ship and join Verstappen at Red Bull with Serio Perez’s contract set to expire at the end of the year.

Hamilton looks to become GOAT

While Verstappen’s dominance in recent years has shown he’s clearly the best at the moment, he’s got a long way to go to match the legacy of Hamilton.

The Mercedes star has won seven titles in his glittering career, although he’s on a drought by his high standards having not finished on top since 2020. Hamilton is level with Schumacher in the all-time rankings and he’s determined to clinch a record-breaking eighth before calling it a day.

The 39-year-old came third last year and despite finishing almost 350 points behind Verstappen and failing to win a race, he still performed admirably, finishing on the podium on five occasions.

The top 10 British Grand Prix moments at Silverstone

Following another incredible Formula One season, attention has already turned to next year’s campaign, which gets underway in March. The British Grand Prix returns to Silverstone in July and if history is anything to go by, we’re set for another iconic race. While the F1 drivers enjoy a well-earned break, we’ve taken a look at 10 of our favourite Silverstone moments.

First ever Formula One Grand Prix – 1950

While 1950 was the fourth Formula One season, it was the first ever Drivers’ Championship and saw six Grands Prix take place, as well as the Indy 500.

The first race was held at Silverstone and 26 drivers took part. Alfa Romeo dominated the event as they made up the top four positions.

The race was won by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio, who went on to win five F1 titles in his career. However he wasn’t the first champion, with Giuseppe Farina eventually winning the inaugural season.

Hamilton and Verstappen collide – 2021

Following one of the most intense championship battles in F1 history, Max Verstappen edged Lewis Hamilton to claim his first title back in 2021. The pair were neck and neck throughout the season and were level going into the final race, with Verstappen eventually coming out on top.

At the British Grand Prix, Hamilton collided with Verstappen going into Copse Corner, causing the Red Bull driver’s rear right tyre to come off, leading to his retirement from the race.

Hamilton was given a 10-second time penalty and while Charles Leclerc briefly overtook him, the Mercedes star fought back and eventually won the race.

Mansell’s iconic overtake of Piquet – 1987

Williams-Honda teammates Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet went toe-to-toe during the 1987 season. And while Piquet eventually won the championship, Mansell got the better of him at Silverstone.

As Mansell stopped to change his tyres with 29 laps to go, he looked to have sacrificed the race as the gap between the pair hit 28 seconds. But the moustached maestro clawed his way back to catch up.

With two laps to go, Mansell faked overtaking on the outside before cutting in to get ahead of Piquet and eventually win the race in extraordinary circumstances.

Hamilton’s first British Grand Prix win – 2008

After finishing second in his debut season, Hamilton claimed his maiden title the following year. Racing for McLaren, he announced himself to the Silverstone crowd by winning the British Grand Prix for the first time.

After an incredibly rainy day, he started fourth in wet conditions but quickly took the lead on the first corner. Kimi Räikkönen battled well against Hamilton but following a tyre change mid-race, there was only going to be one winner.

The rookie raced ahead and eventually won by more than 68 seconds. Hamilton eventually won five races that season as he claimed the first of his seven Formula One championships.

Formula 1 racing at the 2023 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

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Senna hitches a ride from Mansell – 1991

Ayrton Senna claimed his third F1 title in 1991 and by the time the British Grand Prix rolled around, he had already won four races. But Mansell, who finished second that year, ran him close and claimed his second victory of the season at Silverstone.

Senna did his best to keep up with Mansell that day but eventually finished fourth. And in his efforts to keep up with the leader, he ran out of fuel on the finish line.

Not wanting to leave his rival stranded, Mansell offered the Brazilian a lift back and enjoyed a victory lap with Senna sitting on the back of his car.

Ferrari claim first Grand Prix win – 1951

During the maiden Drivers’ Championship, the now iconic Ferrari team failed to win a single race. But in the fifth race of the following year, they claimed their first ever victory at Silverstone.

Jose Froilan Gonzalez won by 51 seconds, finishing ahead of Fangio. Meanwhile, Ferrari teammate Luigi Villoresi joined him on the podium in third.

Silverstone ended up being a happy hunting ground for Gonzalez. He won just two races in his career, with the second one also coming on British soil in 1954.

Schumacher wins from the pit lane – 1998

Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher won the 1998 British Grand Prix – but the victory came in controversial circumstances. Mika Hakkinen raced into an early lead but the adverse weather conditions forced the safety car out, cutting his lead.

Schumacher overtook to go ahead with 10 laps to go before later being given a 10-second stop-go penalty. He chose to wait until the final lap where he served his penalty from the pits.

The German then won the race from the pit lane and despite Ferrari arguing, the stewards deemed Schumacher’s win to be legitimate.

Mansell becomes most successful British driver – 1992

Despite being 39 years old, Mansell claimed his first and only Drivers’ Championship in 1992, winning nine races in a phenomenal season.

One of those victories came at Silverstone as he finished more than 39 seconds ahead of Williams-Renault teammate Riccardo Patrese.

As well as being a key contribution to his success that season, that was also Mansell’s 28th Grand Prix win, making him the most successful British driver of all time (until Hamilton surpassed him) as he broke Jackie Stewart’s record.

British fans witness Verstappen dominance – 2023

It’s fair to say Verstappen absolutely dominated Formula One in 2023. The Red Bull driver won 19 of the 22 races on the way to his third consecutive title.

One of those wins was at Silverstone back in July during a weekend that saw a record 480,000 people attend. The victory was Verstappen’s sixth win in a row and he’d go on to claim the following four races as well.

It wasn’t a complete walk in the park as he won by just under four seconds. And it was a strong weekend for British drivers as well, with Lando Norris and Hamilton joining Verstappen on the podium.

Schumacher and Hill crash in fierce title battle – 1995

Schumacher and Damon Hill were both vying for the title as they locked horns at Silverstone in 1995. Schumacher eventually won the championship but both drivers were forced to retire after a collision in the British Grand Prix.

After 46 laps, Schumacher was ahead, having taken one pit stop fewer than his opponent. As Hill went to overtake, Schumacher turned inside and the pair collided, both spinning off the track.

Schumacher came back strongly and went on to win his second consecutive title. But Hill had his revenge the following year as he claimed his only ever championship in 1996.

Max Verstappen dominates in record-breaking Formula One season

A breathtaking 2023 Formula One season came to an end over the weekend and it finished just like it started – with a Max Verstappen win.

In the least surprising news of the year, Verstappen was finally crowned champion as he raced to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Following another thrilling season, we’ve taken a look at all the key moments.

Verstappen makes it three in a row

Verstappen was close to unstoppable in 2023 as he ran away with the title. The 26-year-old won his third consecutive Formula One Championship with ease, winning 19 of the 22 races during the season.

The Red Bull driver finished almost 300 points clear of team-mate Sergio Perez in second place and he never really looked like being stopped after winning the season opener in Bahrain.

Verstappen’s win in Italy back in September was his 10th in a row and broke the Formula One record for most consecutive race wins. Meanwhile, his 86.4% win rate broke a record that has stood since 1952.

It wasn’t quite a faultless season for Verstappen, who finished second in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, a disappointing fifth-place finish in Singapore is all that prevented him from finishing on the podium in every single race in 2023.

Formula 1 racing at the 2023 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

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How did the rest of the grid get on?

Perez finished second in the standings to ensure a comfortable win for Red Bull. The Mexican driver won both races that Verstappen came second in, as well as finishing on the podium on seven other occasions.

This season was the best of Perez’s career. The 33-year-old came third last year while the previous two seasons saw him just miss out on the top three in fourth.

Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton finished in third this time around following a steady if unspectacular campaign. The seven-time champion finished on the podium six times, including second-place finishes in Australia, Spain and Mexico.

Although he didn’t win a race, it’s an improvement on his sixth-place finish of 2022. Hamilton will be 39 when next season gets underway but he’s always maintained that he wants to win a record eighth championship before calling it a day.

It remains to be seen if that will be the case and with Verstappen in his current form, Hamilton may be waiting a while to eclipse Michael Schumacher in the all-time standings.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso finished in fourth, swiftly followed by Charles Leclerc. British drivers Lando Norris and George Russell finished sixth and eighth respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlos Sainz Jr, who came seventh, was the only driver other than Verstappen and Perez to win a race. The Spaniard came out on top in Singapore, with Norris and Hamilton making up the podium.

Looking ahead to the 2024 season

We’ve barely had a chance to catch our breath following an action-packed season but all eyes are already looking ahead to 2024. The drivers have a few months to enjoy a much-needed break before preparing for the season opener in Bahrain on 2nd March.

There are 24 races scheduled, with the British Grand Prix set to return to Silverstone in July. Once again, the season will come to a close in Abu Dhabi, with the final race of the year taking place on 8th December next year.

Verstappen is targeting a fourth consecutive title and the early odds would suggest he’s well on track to do so. But there’s a long way to go before that and whatever happens on the track, we’re set for another unforgettable season in 2024.

Whether you fancy joining us at Silverstone or travelling further afield, you can enjoy the racing action from the best seats at the house with Engage’s exclusive hospitality packages.

How will the 2024 F1 Grid line up?

The 2023 Formula 1 season has been an interesting one to say the least. With eighteen races down and only five more to go, we can now start thinking about the 2024 season after Max Verstappen clinched his third consecutive Driver’s Championship in Qatar. The Dutchman has dominated all season but can he repeat his astonishing form in 2024? And what other changes might we see on the F1 grid next season?

After a season of Red Bull dominance, it will be the same pair that take their place on the grid in 2024 as both Verstappen and Sergio Perez are confirmed to race again next year. Red Bull’s closest rivals this season, Mercedes, once again confirm that the British pairing of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will be battling it out to see if they have any chance of regaining the top spot for the first time since 2021.

After a relatively disappointing 2022 season, Hamilton has, so-far, had an improved 2023 season currently sitting in 3rd place in the Driver’s standings. With that said, the Briton still hasn’t won since 2021 and unless he can find that form that we were so used to seeing two years ago, could his time at the top be petering out?

The majority of seats are confirmed in the 2024 F1 paddock, however, it remains to be seen who Alex Albon will be paired up with as Williams are yet to confirm who their number 2 driver will be next season. With American driver Logan Sargent yet to impress, it remains to be seen whether or not he will secure his seat for next season’s championship.

Williams’ team principal James Vowles has said he is willing to wait until the end of the season to reach a conclusion on Sargent’s future with the team. The F1 rookie has had a tough season so far and there are plenty of candidates who could potentially take his place including Liam Lawson, Mick Schumacher and F2 2022 champion Felipe Drugovich. Not to mention the possibility of the Indycar drivers making the transition to F1 including Colton Herta, Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward.

It will be interesting to see how Sargent will respond at the US Grand Prix this weekend as he fights for his seat in front of a home crowd.

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An astonishing 1.8 second pitstop saw a new world record for McLaren in Qatar as they announced that they were sticking with Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris for another season, although not without any drama.

After being frustrated with performance in early 2023, it caused transfer rumours to fly but after an upgrade, Norris made his commitment to the team for the 2024 season. Piastri has also had his contract extended after being signed from Alpine in 2022, dousing out the hopes of any McLaren Indycar drivers making an easy move to F1.

Elsewhere, although there may be no retirements towards the end of the 2023 season, Lewis Hamilton (38), Fernando Alonso (42) and Nico Hulkenburg (36) are all nearing the end of their careers and it remains to be seen whether they will pull the plug on their motorsport futures at the end of 2024. With Hamilton’s contract spanning until 2025 and Alonso on a multi-year deal with Aston Martin, we are unlikely to see the pair leave the grid in 2024.

However, Hulkenburg’s contract with Haas will run out in 2024 meaning we could see the German’s time as a regular face in F1 come to an end?

Perhaps it is too early to make predictions for next season, what with this year’s campaign not even wrapped up. However, it is without doubt that all eyes will be on Max Verstappen and Red Bull examining whether the Dutchman can keep up his magnificent individual form alongside the frightening Red Bull dominance, having only lost one race so far in 2023. Or will we see more fight from Ferrari and Mercedes in 2024? Perhaps with another year’s experience for McLaren’s youngsters we may see them battling it out at the top of the standings.

If any other team is to stand a chance of battling for the top spot in the Constructors Championship, they have to work out how to beat Red Bull first. If you want to see how the F1 grid in 2024 will line up live, check out Engage Hospitality to watch it from the best seats in the house.

Record-Breaking Weekend for Max in Monza

As F1 fans across the globe tuned in to watch the famous Italian Grand Prix in Monza, they witnessed an all too familiar race that has unfolded this season. In red hot form, Dutchman Max Verstappen once again took the chequered flag in front of a full capacity grandstand, as he surpassed Sebastian Vettel’s record for the most consecutive Grand Prix wins having now won an astonishing 10 races on the bounce.

It was Max Verstappen once again who took the win in the Lombardy region of Italy, in one of the Grand Prix’s oldest races. The Dutchman found himself starting the race in second place as it was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz who went fastest in qualifying with his teammate Charles Leclerc making up the top three.

After a delayed start when Yuki Tsunoda broke down on the formation lap, normal service resumed when Verstappen took the lead from Sainz 15 laps in and just two laps later, he already had a 1.5 second lead. It remained that way for much of the race as Red Bull reigned supreme once again with a 1-2.

Teammate Sergio Perez got the better of Sainz to gain maximum points in the Constructors Championship. Sainz rounded off the top three with his Ferrari teammate, Charles Leclerc, just behind in fourth. Mercedes’ George Russell was 5th followed by Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen won by six seconds in the end seeing himself go 145 points clear at the top of the Driver Standings. Red Bull continued their domination in the Constructors Championship going 310 points clear of Mercedes.

So how soon could Max win the Championship? If he continues his unbeaten run he could win it by the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on the 24th September, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record by claiming the title with seven races remaining. This would be a feat that many would struggle to match as the Dutchman will have won 14 out of 16 races, with his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez picking up the other two.

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The Best Ever? 

There is always a big debate in Formula 1 as with any sport, of who is the greatest of all time?

One man that is definitely in that conversation is of course Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver has won the World Drivers’ Championship a joint most seven times along with Michael Schumacher. In a recent interview, the Brit said he would not be retiring until he gets his eighth title, which if it comes true, will be an extremely difficult task for Max to match.

Although time is most definitely on Verstappen’s side, Red Bull’s main man is only 25, and with the average F1 age of retirement being 36, there are still many more years for the Dutchman to put his name firmly at the top.

So can we start describing Verstappen as the best ever already? Well it’s not beyond the realms of possibility, especially if he wraps up the Championship by the end of September.  His name is already being thrown around with the likes of Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. The latter of whom has not had the greatest season with his Mercedes team.

Hamilton finds himself 4th in the Driver Standings as Red Bull dominate the Constructors Championship with 14 wins out of 14. With that said, Verstappen’s 47 total wins seem like rookie numbers compared to Hamilton’s record of 103 Grand Prix wins.

Is it going to take at least 104 wins for Verstappen to class himself as the best ever, even having broken Vettel’s record for consecutive wins? The earliest an F1 title has been decided was in 2002 when Schumacher clinched it by winning the French Grand Prix after 11 races in a 17 race season. Verstappen could go one better if he wins in Suzuka, winning the season with seven races remaining.

One record down, how many more will he break? Can he prove his status as the best ever this season or does he need a few more years at the top to really cement himself? Why not find out from the best seats in the house with Engage Hospitality.

Formula 1: The race to finish second to Max Verstappen

We’re just over halfway through the Formula 1 season but barring the unlikeliest of comebacks, Max Verstappen’s name is already on the trophy.

The Red Bull driver has swept all before him so far this year, winning 10 races and finishing on the podium in the other two. Verstappen has almost double the points of his closest rival and is well on track to claiming his third consecutive world title.

Despite his dominance, the race is still on to finish second so we’ve taken a look at the runner-up contenders.

The battle for second place

There are 10 races remaining in the F1 season, with the Dutch Grand Prix up next on 27th August. As it stands, Sergio Perez is on track to finish second and is the only driver other than Verstappen to win a race this year.

The Mexican came out on top in both Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, while he’s also finished on the podium on five other occasions. Perez has never won the championship, with his third-place finish last year the best of his career so far.

Elsewhere, just one point separates old rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the standings. The pair have respectively finished on the podium six and four times this season and if they can up their game and get a few wins under their belt, there’s every chance either one of them can leapfrog Perez into second place.

Charles Leclerc sits in fifth with three podium finishes and the 2022 runner-up will have ambitions of matching his finish from last year. Meanwhile, a late contender could be rising up the ranks in the form of Lando Norris.

The McLaren driver sits in eighth but he’s come into a bit of form of late, finishing second in two of the last three races, including a stunning performance at Silverstone where he finished just 3.798 seconds behind Verstappen.

Formula 1 racing at the 2023 British Grand Prix in Silverstone

Struggles for Hamilton and Mercedes

Rewind a few years and it would have been unthinkable to imagine an F1 season without Hamilton winning a race. Yet the 38-year-old has picked up where he left off, having failed to pick up a single win last year.

He’s yet to taste victory in 2023 and as he enters the twilight of his career, there are huge fears that his best years are behind him.

It’s not all bad for Hamilton. He currently sits fourth in the rankings and has enjoyed four top-three finishes so far in 2023. In fact, three consecutive podiums had threatened to put him back into form and lead a late charge on champion-elect Verstappen’s crown.

The most recent of those came at Silverstone, Hamilton’s spiritual home where he’d won the British Grand Prix in three of the previous four years. Despite falling down into seventh, he managed to fight his way back up the order to end the race in third.

But he’s failed to build on that momentum, missing out on the podium in the most recent two races and looking well off Verstappen’s pace. A disastrous showing at the Hungarian Grand Prix saw Hamilton finish fourth, despite starting the race in pole position.

It remains to be seen who Hamilton will be driving for next year. His Mercedes future is up in the air, with his deal expiring at the end of season, and he’s reportedly received an offer to jump ship and join Ferrari.

Having not won the World Championship since 2020, Hamilton may fancy a fresh start. He’s made it clear he has no intention of retiring until he edges ahead of Michael Schumacher, who he’s currently level with on seven titles. But time is running out for the legend and with Verstappen in a league of his own, Hamilton will have to wait until 2024 before he can finish on top for a record eighth time.

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There are still 10 races to go and regardless of Verstappen’s lead, every single Grand Prix guarantees unmissable drama.

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Lando Norris driving McLaren MCL60 at the Formula 1

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2024 Calendar: F1 steer towards a more sustainable schedule

Formula 1 reveal their biggest schedule ever for 2024

On Wednesday it was announced that next year’s Formula 1 campaign will be the longest season ever. The new campaign will start in Bahrain on March 2 and run through to December 8 when the season concludes in Abu Dhabi.

The schedule marks the return of the Chinese Grand-Prix on the calendar for the first time since 2019. Due to uncertainty over the Covid situation in the country this year the race had to be cancelled, but will go ahead in the 2024 season now that restrictions have been lifted. Along with the Emilia Romagna Grand-Prix which is also back on the calendar after being postponed this year due to flooding in the region, the season will the longest ever with 24-races in total.

Formula 1 have also actively taken decisions with awareness of Ramadan too meaning the first two races of the calendar in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will be held on a Saturday.

Silverstone Ferrari

Tackling sustainability

The other noteworthy change to next season’s schedule is Formula 1’s clear intention to reduce the volume of travelling throughout the season in an attempt to make the season more sustainable.

Through the development of sustainable fuel, pushing the usage of single-use plastics and reducing the amount of travel required over the season, F1 have committed to becoming Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

These ambitious plans involve all the teams, promoters and broadcasters working in unison to reduce the sport’s large carbon footprint. Therefore, despite the need to travel across the globe, F1 have designed their 2024 calendar in a way that will reduce the amount of travelling between each race.

As part of these changes the Japanese Grand-Prix has been moved back to April in order to go back-to-back with China. Azerbaijan will also be moved to September to be twinned with Singapore in 2024 and Qatar has been joined up with Abu Dhabi in order to give the season an efficient and condensed flow of races in certain regions. As a result this will reduce the levels of travel involved throughout the season and help to promote more sustainable practices in the sport going forward.

However, the plan to reduce their carbon footprint has been damaged by Canada’s reluctance to work with F1’s plans to reschedule their race in tandem with the Miami Grand-Prix in May. Instead the schedule will see the teams travel back from the United States in May to compete in Italy and Monaco before heading to Montreal in June – forcing them to do two trips across the Atlantic in the space of a month.

Despite these concerns the schedule for 2024 is a vast improvement on previous years in terms of cutting back unnecessary travel and will be a huge step forward in there plans to become more sustainable.

The usual suspects will be in the running for the World Championship title once again in 2024. Red Bull will be the team to beat with Max Verstappen looking very likely to make it a hat trick of championships in 2023, but the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will also be looking to make an impact during the longest F1 season we have ever had in 2024.

Keeping up with tradition, The British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be held around the halfway point of the season within the first weekend of July and you will be able to watch the race unfold with groups of all sizes and incredible trackside views from our ICON facility again next year.

We are also offering incredible packages across the Formula 1 season at races from Monaco and Las Vegas to Australia and Canada so get in touch today to find out more!

Formula 1 Calendar 2024

Round 1 – Bahrain – Feb 29 – Mar 2

Round 2 – Saudi Arabia – March 7-9

Round 3 – Australia – March 22-24

Round 4 – Japan – April 5-7

Round 5 – China – April 19-21

Round 6 – Miami – May 3-5

Round 7 – Emilia Romagna – May 17-19

Round 8 – Monaco – May 24-26

Round 9 – Canada – June 7-9

Round 10 – Spain – June 21-23

Round 11 – Austria – June 28-30

Round 12 – United Kingdom – July 5-7

Round 13 – Hungary – July 19-21

Round 14 – Belgium – July 26-28

Round 15 – Netherlands – Aug 23-35

Round 16 – Italy – Aug 30 – Sep 1

Round 17 – Azerbaijan – Sep 13-15

Round 18 – Singapore – Sep 20-22

Round 19 – USA – October 18-20

Round 20 – Mexico – Oct 25-27

Round 21 – Brazil – Nov 1-3

Round 22 – Las Vegas – Nov 21-23

Round 23 – Qatar – Nov 29 – Dec 1

Round 24 – Abu Dhabi – Dec 6-8