Both Claeren, who is based in Cap-Martin near Monaco (home to the Monaco Grand Prix), and Gruson, who put down roots in Paris (where the Paris E-Prix is held), noted that this race was completely different from the ones they’ve witnessed on city streets at home. Hockenheim is more of a traditional track experience that you take in from the stands. Head to the exclusive Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s Silver Arrows Lounge for exceptional views and fine dining. “From the rooftop, you can see the whole track,” says Claeren. The trio even listened in on a practice session as the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team strategized and perfected every element before Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas competed for the Grand Prix. “It’s crazy because the driver is typically the only one that you hear about, but there are hundreds of people involved,” explains Commerford.
Nothing, however, truly satisfies the need for speed quite like a lap around the track in a Mercedes-AMG GT R. “It was kind of scary, but super cool,” laughs Commerford. “I was trying to capture some of the moment on my phone from inside the car and my arms were flying around during the turns.” Driven by a Formula One driver, they reached speeds of 280 kilometers (174 miles) per hour. “If you look at my face during my Instagram story I don’t look super confident!” adds Gruson.