Silverstone’s coming up soon – in three weeks to be precise – but the off-track action is to be found in London, which is good news because there’s less chance of your car getting stuck in a muddy bog. Here’s what you need to keep an eye out for:
GRAND PRIX BALL: Thursday 27th June
The British Grand Prix’s annual black tie soiree is at the handsome Hurlingham Club. You’ll see a few familiar F1 faces, such as Eddie Jordan who’s dragged his band along and will regale every guest with tales about how he discovered Michael Schumacher and how he knows Bono. Then he will beat the shit out of a snare drum. Last year the ball kicked off with Lotus’s Jerome d’Ambrosio leaving some F1 tyre tracks on the lawn and making the peace-loving residents of Fulham very angry, and there are sure to be more surprises and special guests this year.
Okay, okay, we won’t be coy: The Feeling are headlining, Seb Fontaine is DJing and, in a nod to new movie Rush, 70s-era F1 cars are going to race around the grounds. No kidding!
The damage: Individual tickets including a three-course dinner and bacchanal amounts of wine are £420, and tables of ten start at £3,800. Purchase a table and the hosts will give you two tickets to the British Grand Prix, which is a better after-dinner treat than coffee, right? Proceeds from the event go to CLIC Sargent. Visit http://www.gpball.co.uk to learn more and book.
GP LOUNGE: Sunday 30th June
Fifty-two laps of Silverstone, even if you’re just watching, is thirsty work and why should the drivers hog the champagne-spraying fun? This year there’s an after-party and we’re all invited. Didn’t want to go to Christian Horner’s house anyway. Starts at 10pm, ends at 3am. You might want to throw a sickie on Monday. It’s at Il Bottaccio, which is on the edge of Belgravia at 9 Grosvenor Place. Swanky. Friend o’ F1-SD DJ Lora is in charge of the music. Slight snag: Individual tickets are sold out but there are still tables of ten left at £2,000. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and get in there.
Bonus mega news: F1-SD has two tickets for the GP Lounge to give away. Yes, you and someone you want to impress can go gratis. All you need to do is tweet @GPAfterparty and @f1socialdiary the answer to this painfully easy question:
Which driver has a habit of falling off yachts whilst partying?
a) Burt Reynolds in Smokey And The Bandit
b) Lindsay Lohan in Herbie: Fully Loaded
c) Kimi Raikkonen in Monaco