The Formula 1 and the aviation industries share many similarities, with both requiring machines that push the boundaries of engineering to ensure they go faster and further. Technology plays a vital role in both industries, with plenty of cutting-edge aeronautical innovations filtering down to the F1 world. For example, Computational Fluid Dynamics and FEA software analysing static, dynamic, modal and crash responses were all developed for the aerospace industry before finding a place in F1.
However, it’s not just the technology, but also the lifestyle that you can draw comparisons between. Both are all about speed and glamour, and the luxury lifestyle afforded those in both industries. Often those with a love of the adrenalin of F1, and motorsports and supercars in general, feel the same way about the private jet experience. Niki Lauda is probably one of the most famous jet advocates, but both Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton chartered and then bought their own jets. In fact, three times F1 champion, Lauda has recently become the latest customer for the Bombardier Global 7000, and has also recently won an award for its interior at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards. He has a full commercial jet license and in the past even ran two of his own airlines.
Nowadays, every race has an influx of drivers, spectators and celebrities all arriving by private jet. Over the weekend, London’s Luton, Farnborough and London City airports were all busier than usual, but Cranfield, which is a small flight training airport, has a massive surge in popularity as it’s just minutes from Silverstone and offers a helicopter shuttle service straight to the track.
Next on the calendar is Hungary, so, should you fancy watching the action live from the track you can get there from the UK from £12,200 on a Citation XLS in 2½hours, or you can upgrade to a Bombardier Challenger 200 for £15,350.