17 F1™ drivers celebrated THE FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2016 with Neuschwansteiner, International artists and VIP-only guests at Amber Lounge Monaco:


The Original F1™ Party Experience

Akon at Amber Lounge

Amber Lounge, the Original F1™ After-Party, celebrated the 74th Monaco Grand Prix™ with hip-hop singer Akon, Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham, vice-captain of Manchester United Michael Carrick and 17 F1™ drivers.


Liam Cunningham at Amber Lounge (c) @suttonimages

Amber Lounge, one of the most anticipated events of the social calendar, was again held at Le Méridien Beach Plaza and hosted a monumentally star-studded party with the F1™ fraternity, royalty, Hollywood actors, supermodels, music talents and international jet-setters.

A line-up of F1™ drivers including Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso along with celebrities such as Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, JC Chasez and Harry Roselmack, let their hair down with crème de la crème guests until the early morning.

The Grand Prix™ hotspot Amber Lounge proved once again to be the best party place to be during the F1™ race weekends.

From left to right: Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, (Monaco P2) with friends; Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Emilia Pikkarainen (Olympic swimmer, FIN)Force India driver Sergio Perez (Monaco P3)

Nico Rosberg with wife Vivian Sibold
Jasmine Thompson at Amber Lounge

Songstress Jasmine Thompson, world-renowned for her singles “Ain’t nobody” with Felix Jaehn as well as ‘Sun Goes Down’ with Robin Schultz and American singer-songwriter Parson James 

Parson James at Amber Lounge

(who rose to fame after featuring on KYGO’s massively popular hit ‘Stole The Show’ and recently released his debut EP, ‘Temple’) kept the crowd buzzing all night. In addition international DJs among which were African-Norwegian DJ Nico & Vinz, kept the party dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Amber Lounge, The Original F1™ Experience, kicked off the Monaco Grand Prix™ weekend and celebrated its 10th Charity Fashion Show Anniversary until dawn with Hollywood stars and Formula 1™ Icons with some of the biggest names in music, live performances throughout the night, and a stunning red carpet.

Fresh Neuschwansteiner beer at Amber Lounge

Neuschwansteiner was served as the Official beer and supported the good cause of the charity.

F1™ drivers dressed by Apsley at Amber Lounge
F1™ drivers dressed by Apsley at Amber Lounge

This year’s one-of-a-kind, F1™ driver Fashion Show featured Daniel Ricciardo, Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto, Marc Gene and Esteban Ocon who were exclusively dressed in bespoke Apsley suits while the hottest models and F1™ ladies strutted down the runway.

Jenson Button, Pedro de La Rosa and Pastor Maldonado watched enthusiastically as the children and F1™ ladies captured the hearts of the VIP crowd wearing stunning Osman’s collection.

Amber Lounge U*NITE brought as its centrepiece the thrilling live charity auction where moneys raised went towards The Amber Foundation including items such as My Seanna Yacht, a 56-meter luxury yacht, Yanush Gioielli’s jewelry masterpiece, a beautiful portrait of H.S.H Princess Grace of Monaco painted by Hayo Sol, a fabulous Bonato Milano 1960 jewelry set, a unique safari travel experience to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, kindly donated by H.S.H Prince Albert II and H.S.H Princess Charlene of Monaco, a beautiful Nonos sculpture and an exceptional Isabelle Arpagian golden gepard egg. A combined total of over EUR 357,000 ($ 397,000) was raised to help disadvantaged children achieve a better future.

Christian Seitz CEO and Founder of Neuschwansteiner

“We congratulate Sonia on yet another fantastic and extremely successful Amber Lounge event week during the FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2016!

Being part of Amber Lounge U*NITE, her 10th Anniversary Charity Fashion Show, was an honour for us, especially since this meant supporting the Amber Foundation, a Children’s Charity”, said Christian Seitz CEO and Founder of Neuschwansteiner, “We enjoyed an evening of glamour, top-class hospitality and fabulous party atmosphere all-in-one during Amber Lounge U*NITE. The Fashion Show was stunning, the dinner absolutely delicious and the after-party much fun!”

Christian Seitz CEO and Founder of Neuschwansteiner with Pascal Wehrlein

“Meeting 2015 DTM-Champion and 2016 Manor F1™ driver Pascal Wehrlein at the backstage area was an absolute pleasure and I was delighted to hear that he likes our beer,” Seitz continued, “Chatting with Star-hairstylist Marco Inmann was a lovely, and we made plans to cooperate with him at an upcoming event of his. Of course we very much enjoyed seeing our friend Liam Cunningham again as well as the ever-so lovely Carmen Jorda!”

Christian Seitz CEO and Founder of Neuschwansteiner with beautiful Carmen Jorda
Star-hairstylist Marco Inmann with Christian Seitz CEO and Founder of Neuschwansteiner

“Seeing the famous on-stage-hosts of the Fashion Show, Federica Masolin of Sky Italia and David Croft of Sky UK toasting with our Neuschwansteiner beer after the Show just was a small indication of how much Sonia’s VIP guests loved our beer”, Seitz said with a smile.

Beautiful Federica Masolin from Sky Italia with David Croft from SKY UK at Amber Lounge

“As always, our guests simply loved the fabulous Neuschwansteiner beer during our Monaco Grand Prix events”, says Sonia Irvine, founder of Amber Lounge, “having Neuschwansteiner as a returning partner for our 10th Anniversary Charity Fashion Show did not only provide our high end VIP clientele with this exquisite Luxury beer, but also importantly helped our chosen charity, The Amber Foundation. We very much appreciate Christian’s support of the good cause and look forward to welcoming him back as a partner at our future events!”

Amber Lounge – Charity Fashion Show

Monaco’s glamorous Grand Prix has come to a close but Amber Lounge will keep rocking the F1™ weekends in Singapore, Mexico City and Abu Dhabi.

Amber Lounge is also thrilled to announce the launch of its new summer concept Amber Summer in Monaco on Friday 3nd of June 2016 at Le Méridien Beach plaza, the official ‘after beach’ chill-out lounge which seamlessly changes to an ‘after party’ breakfast lounge. For more information, visit: www.amber-lounge.com

About Amber Lounge:


Amber Lounge was founded by Sonia Irvine, who has worked in F1™ for 20 years and launched the famed Amber Lounge at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2003, a stylish, unique, VIP nightlife experience where F1™ teams, drivers, sponsors, royalty, VIP guests and celebrities can relax and enjoy themselves away from the glare of press and media. Sonia is regarded as a pioneer of F1™ nightlife experiences and continues to create the most sought after events on the F1™ calendar. For 14 years Amber Lounge has hosted events in glamorous locations throughout the world including Shanghai, Valencia, Delhi and Barcelona.


The Amber Foundation: The aim of Amber is to help reduce the level of unemployment within the 18-30-year age group, by giving them time and space in a residential environment to rebuild their lives and build their self-confidence and self-esteem so they are motivated to seek employment. www.amberweb.org


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Fresh Neuschwansteiner beer at Amber Lounge

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Inga Stracke
Inga Stracke is a multi-talented journalist, event organizer, and networker who is equally at home in the Formula 1™ paddocks around the globe as well as the winter hills of the 4-Hill-Ski jumping tournament and other world class events. She is also a motorsport travel advisor for DERTOUR. Born in Bavaria, Inga became famous as pit-lane reporter for German Sky-TV and F1’s™ own multi-channel digital TV, and she founded the first agency for F1™ commercial radio broadcast in D-A-CH. She also produced the first Formula 1™ live radio show nationwide in US/Canada and headed the creation of the original Red Bulletin. Inga regularly contributes culinary trip reviews and gourmet features for MICHELIN starred restaurants around the globe.