British GP 2011 – Thursday

This year I was really lucky to attend the British GP at Silverstone, on the Thursday before the event and Saturday for qualifying.

I spent a couple of hours in the paddock on the Thursday morning with a few colleagues, which was absolutely amazing. Although I’ve spent several weekends at Silverstone marshalling this year, it was the first chance had to visit the new pitlane and paddock.

The first thing that hits you is the size of the new pit buildings. Silverstone will no longer be slagged off by Bernie Ecclestone for small, old pits that’s for sure! The garages seemed spacious and the pitlane itself seemed very wide. This might have just been because between the pitlane and pitwall was a strip of grass. Nice to look at and nice on the tv, but a bit of a strange addition!

We had plenty of time to walk up and down the pitlane, watching as mechanics worked on the cars ready for scrutineering and drivers and engineers embarked on track walks. Several drivers didn’t appear to be enjoying the British summertime, wearing big winter jackets and I think it was Barrichello who had a cosy beanie hat on!

There was plenty to see with teams practising pit stops, including McLaren and Ferrari who I managed to get a clip of. I’ll update this post with the links once they are uploaded to flickr or youtube (if they stay there without being banned!). It was really interesting to see the cars up close and personal, we could see a lot of detail that you miss on tv.

The paddock was quite quiet but one fella that had not long arrived was Lightning McQueen at the Marussia Virgin motorhome so I had to get a picture of him.

I loved wandering along looking at the motorhomes themselves as they are feat of engineering. Several days earlier they would have been boxes in trucks and after a bit of blood, sweat and tears, here is the F1 paddock!

Unfortunately we had to get back to work once we’d had chance to get a few photos and see the sights, I could have stayed all day!


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