Silverstone pit lane report

Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Simon Morton

As we told you on Friday, Simon has spent the weekend mixing with the great and good of Formula One, as a guest of Lotus sponsor Microsoft Dynamics.

Lotus framed

Judging by the stream of superlatives that Simon used to describe the experience it’s safe to say that his ‘flabber’ was well and truly ‘gasted’ by the whole thing.

For once the British Grand Prix was run in glorious sunshine but the race itself was not without incident.

Exploding tyres are (thankfully) not a frequent visitor to F1 though aficionados may recall the 2005 US Grand Prix which saw only six cars take the grid after similar incidents in practice. And, for those who prefer two wheeled motorsport Shinya Nakano’s 200mph tyre failure  at Mugello remains a classic example of what can happen.

Team Lotus had a day of mixed fortunes, Kimi Räikkönen finished a creditable 5th after having to throw bits of Jean-Eric Vergnes tyre out of his cockpit on the Hangar Straight, and Romain Grosjean retired from the race after losing part of his front wing.

With no injuries caused by any of the dramatic events and the cars requiring extra attention from pit crews throughout the race, the pit lane was a particularly amazing place to be – unless you were a Pirelli tyre technician that is!

Thanks to our friends at Microsoft for such an amazing weekend.

N.B Rumours of Simon being sighted on Saturday night in the vicinity of the turn 4 curbing are completely unfounded!


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