The 2017 F1 Season – Are You Ready?

The 2017 F1 Season – Are You Ready?

The upcoming 68th Formula One season is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. We thought we’d preview the 2017 F1 season before we jet off to Barcelona for our first FAM trip to the pre-season testing in March. Yes, that’s how excited we are about the new season – we’ve decided to give Barcelona a visit and see what the new season has in store. Here are a few reasons we’re excited about the 2017 F1 season… New teams One of the biggest stories in November was Nico Rosberg’s retirement, especially after his long-awaited victory over arch nemesis Lewis Hamilton to become 2016 F1 champion. Rosberg has since been replaced by Valtteri Bottas, who came over from Williams. This appointment, however, has brought another F1 star back from an extremely short retirement. Felipe Massa announced his retirement before Rosberg, meaning that Bottas was to be paired with Lance Stroll. But after Rosberg’s retirement, Williams released Bottas from contract and Massa returned back to Williams on a one-year deal. Fresh blood Stroll is the new kid on the block. The 18-year-old Canadian is making his F1 debut and will be the second youngest F1 driver ever. The son of a Canadian billionaire, Stroll has said he knows he comes from money, but thinks he deserves a chance since he’s won every race he’s participated in to date. And he’s not wrong – he does hold an impressive CV. The end of an era? In November, McLaren’s Jenson Button announced he was taking a sabbatical from racing. He’ll stay on as a reserve driver for now and does have a...
Planning a MotoGP Trip: Our Top 4 Destinations

Planning a MotoGP Trip: Our Top 4 Destinations

Are you thinking about planning a MotoGP trip for 2017? Perhaps going to a race has always been on your bucket list, and next year will finally be the year. Or maybe you’ve been to a few and want to expand your horizons. Either way, the MotoGP calendar is packed with some of the most exciting and exotic destinations in the world. MotoGP: a thrill like no other As the pinnacle class of world championship road racing, MotoGP promises explosive action at breathtaking speeds – MotoGP riders average more than 100 miles per hour during races. The 2016 season saw Honda’s Marc Marquez crowned MotoGP world champion for the third time, securing the title with three rounds to spare. In a season that featured more than a thousand crashes, the Spaniard won five races – more than any other rider. 2015’s champion Jorge Lorenzo finished third, with his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi missing out on his tenth world title to take second place. Planning a MotoGP trip for 2017 2017 will no doubt be just as exhilarating. Next year’s MotoGP calendar will take in 18 destinations spanning five continents between March and November. Seeing the action live is a thrill like no other. But with so many exciting race locations, the most difficult part of planning a MotoGP trip is choosing which round to visit. We’ve put together a list of our top four MotoGP destinations for 2017: Termas de Río Hondo – Gran Premio de la República Argentina, 9 April 2017 Termas de Río Hondo is a small spa city in Argentina’s Santiago del Estero Province. The Autódromo...
Luxury Sports Events for the Indulgent Traveller: Our Top 5

Luxury Sports Events for the Indulgent Traveller: Our Top 5

Attending luxury sports events can be a pricey extravagance. BAC Sport offer packages to some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events – those once in a lifetime experiences that are on everyone’s bucket list. Here are our top five luxury sports events for the indulgent traveller. The green, green grass of Augusta Golf has gained a reputation for being extremely elitist, what with its exclusive golf courses and private clubhouses that shut their doors to the outside world. It’s not only playing golf that’s seen as indulgent, but also being a spectator at high profile golfing events. The Masters, played in Augusta each year, holds the title for the most prestigious event in the golfing calendar. Every year the small town of Augusta in Georgia, U.S.A., turns from a colonial city into an extravagant town of excess and luxury. Clients can enjoy watching the masters of golf at the Augusta National Golf Course, or choose to play in some of the finest golf courses in the U.S. and mix both spectator sport with participation. The restrictions on the Masters is what makes it so exclusive. It’s one of the few events that you can’t film, photograph or even Tweet about during tournament days. What happens at Augusta, stays at Augusta!     Big boxing bashes Perhaps unsurprisingly for a sport that carries so much risk, most of the big boxing events happen in Las Vegas. Your costs will depend on the fight. 2015’s big Mayweather v Pacquiao fight was named the most expensive boxing match ever – ringside tickets ranged from $70,000 to $100,000. The celebrities in attendance were vast and...
Brazil: The Country of Sport

Brazil: The Country of Sport

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and the fifth largest in the world. It’s famous for football, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, gorgeous beaches and the Amazon rainforest – the lungs of the planet. It’s a country of contradiction, great cultural diversity, ancient wilderness and urban mosaic. There’s plenty to see and do in Brazil, especially during one of this year’s most important sporting events. The Rio Olympics     Brazil is the first South American country to be nominated as a host for the Summer Olympics, and the second Latin American country – Mexico had the honour of hosting the Games in 1968. Brazil has so far won 11 medals in total. The day after the opening ceremony, Felipe Wu won silver in the men’s 10m air pistol shooting. Wu was followed by Rafaela Silva, who bagged a gold in the women’s 57kg judo division right at the beginning of the Games. Silva and her teammate Mayra Aguiar also won bronze medals.     Gymnastics has been Brazil’s most outstanding sport so far, with Diego Hypolito and Arthur Zanetti getting silver medals and Arthur Mariano receiving a bronze. Thiago Braz da Silva earned Brazil another gold in the men’s pole vault, and Poliana Okimoto won bronze in the women’s 10km open water swimming. It’s been a successful week for Brazil and with five days still to go, they’re currently in 15th place on the medal table. An Olympian transformation     Rio has certainly gained from the Olympics. A large-scale urban waterfront revitalisation project has transformed its downtown area. The 5km2 port area is designed to make the city...
Monaco: A City Guide

Monaco: A City Guide

This weekend the BAC Sport team and clients will find themselves under the sunny skies of Monaco. The long-awaited event has finally arrived and it’s time to get those best dresses, and suits, out of the wardrobe again to show off to the crowds at the Monaco Grand Prix. Our Monaco F1 packages offer the opportunity to share in an experience usually reserved for Hollywood celebrities and Monaco’s royalty. The Grand Prix is, after all, one of the most glamorous events in the Formula 1 calendar. What is Monaco like?     The Principality of Monaco is a microstate on the French Riviera, bordering France and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world, with a land border of 2.7 miles and a coastline of 2.5 miles. Because this state is so small and densely populated, most people who travel to see the Monaco Grand Prix decide to stay in Nice. Nice is only eight miles from Monaco and is easily accessible by train. Monaco is a constitutional monarchy, with Prince Albert II as its head of state. Although Monaco is independent and has its own foreign policy, France is responsible for its defence. Monaco is not part of European Union, but uses Euros as its currency. What to do in Monaco Monaco has been known for gambling since the mid-19th century, when Le Grand Casino de Monte Carlo opened and the newly-built French railway reached it. This seemed to be an invitation for everyone to come and try their luck in Europe’s capital of luxury. Our Monaco Grand Prix packages...