Mike Martin is Paragon’s MD and Founder. Our flagship event is our hospitality facility at the Monaco Grand Prix, where we have been entertaining guests for 17 years, while we are also set to launch a brand new Abu Dhabi Grand Prix hospitality facility! Mike shares his fantasy Formula 1 set up below.
Team owner: Flavio Briatore
For all of Briatore’s flaws, he really is quite a character. Which owner is sentenced to prison for rigging gambling machines yet goes on to uncover talents like Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso? It was a shame how his Formula 1 career ended, but what a life Briatore has led!
Team Principal: Sir Frank Williams
While the likes of Ferrari and McLaren have been racing for longer, no man has run a Formula 1 team for more time than Mr Williams. Ken Tyrell once said that “there’s no one in this paddock who wants to succeed more than Frank does, and if he ever gets himself financially organised, watch out…” Tyrell’s predictions came true when Williams Racing Cars became Williams GP Engineering in 1977. Over the next 20 years, Williams won nine of the Constructors Championships, making Sir Frank one of the most successful Team Principals in history.
The drivers: Senna & Prost
Senna and Prost teaming up at McLaren was obviously the most interesting, watchable, and enjoyable driver pairings I can remember – it might never be recreated again. A modern day example would probably be Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo teaming up at the same club in football, but even that wouldn’t be the same!
The car: Brawn BGP 001
The Brawn GP story is my favourite Formula 1 fairy tale. They didn’t test the car until three weeks before the first race of the year, but Jenson Button still went on to win six of the first seven GPs in Ross Brawn’s masterpiece! His early season form went on to be the foundations for Jenson’s Championship win that year.
The designer: Colin Chapman
While I never had the pleasure of watching one of Colin Chapman’s cars race, he went down in the books as one of the guys who revolutionised the sport. He also came out with one of my favourite Formula 1 quotes, saying that “a racing car has only one objective: to win motor races. If it does not do this, it is nothing but a waste of time, money and effort.”
Title sponsor/the livery: Williams 1993
This masterpiece was the last of an old breed of Formula 1 cars. The simple looking aero, low cockpit, and dropped nose was not only brilliant to look at, but also brilliant to watch as they picked up both the Drivers and Constructors Championships that year. This was all topped off with the Sega, Canon Cameras, and Camel Cigarettes livery!
Monaco GP & Abu Dhabi GP 2019
Since 2002, we’ve taken thousands of guests to Monaco for the Grand Prix and are among the most experienced Monaco specialists in the business. Our team of experts are available throughout the race weekend to ensure guests experience the very best that Monaco has to offer, with Monaco GP SuperYachts, VIP Parties and trackside seats.
In winter 2019 Paragon will take over 17 years’ worth of experience in F1 to the Middle East for TWO Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Hospitality Facilities! Details are yet to be announced but we can confirm, it will feature dazzling hospitality suites, stunning superyachts and the best hotels the Middle East has to offer. Click here to register your interest and be the first to know, when details are announced.
This article was originally posted by Paddock Magazine, a publication that focuses on the business and lifestyle sectors of the Motorsport industry. Read the original article here and look out for the article in the next print edition of Paddock, coming soon.