Every year the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco is the amazing Highlight of the season. It is like a paradise, where you can collect autographs. There are many opportunities to meet the stars. E.g. at the charity soccer match, around the many yachts in the harbor, at the Hugo Boss-Party or at a prêt-a-porter. There is always something an amazement!
Autograph Collecting during F1 Winter testings in Spain
It was quite unusual to see Sebastian Vettel in red colors. But good news: he is still the most friendly driver in the F1 paddock. He had really fun to sign Ferrari pictures, although he does not sign as much as in the past. But still very satisfying.
Kimi was like always. He signed one photograph per meeting, but it was really tough to meet and get him.
Lewis refused signing most of the time. Instead he only took photographs with fans. It is nearly impossible to get nice signatures of him. He has become the rarest recent F1 driver.
Nico? Well, no comment…
Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat seemed to be very stressed. Ricciardo did not sign much and was complaining to write more than two photographs. Kvyat seemed to be a bit overstrained at Red Bull. Indeed he signed all, but very ugly.
Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were very good to collect. Well, Felipe does not sign many photographs, but the ones he signs are very nice. Valtteri signed anything. He is the kindest driver beside Vettel.
Due to his accident, Fernando was absent. Kevin Magnussen replaces him. His behavior got arrogant. He has a new signature. Now he is only writing “KM”, very fast and ugly. Very bad.
Jenson was kind, but he only signs max. 2 photographs in situations, where are not many fans waiting.
Sergio Perez was a tough signer, he was very bored and in a bad mood. His in 2014 changed signature “ChecoP” becomes more and more ugly. Nico Hülkenberg was very kind and signed everything. Regretfully I don’t like his signature…
Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz are both very friendly. They signed all photographs the collector asked for. But I have to say that this will change during the year. At the latest in Monaco they will change their mind. Max said, that for him it’s a normal part of F1 to sign fan’s photographs. The signature of Carlos Sainz has become faster and faster during the past years.
Romain Grosjean was the only driver which I haven’t met. Don’t know why. Pastor signed some photographs, but to be honest, his signature has become the worst in the F1 paddock.
Marcus Ericsson was great to collect. He is still very friendly, although his signature became shorter than last year. Felipe Nasr has a very nice signature. But this will chance throughout the year. And he started asking “Why so many…?”. That’s a bad sign…
Test-Drivers and Others:
Well, there were not many test drivers around. For example Jolyon Palmer and Raffaele Marciello. Both of them are very kind. But they have strange signatures. Esteban Gutierrez now stops signing after the second photograph…
Jos Verstappen and Carlos Sainz sr. are always accompanying their sons. And they do sign a lot. Keke Rosberg was also around, very kind.