July 18, 2017

Like the Austrian event, the British GP could be considered a bit of a home race for us, this time because our wind tunnel is based in the town of Bicester, not far from the home of British motor sport and some of our staff turned up to see the results of all their aero efforts at first hand.

Back-to-back races are always very busy, but this particular pair was even more hectic than usual, as we rushed from Austria to take part in the "F1 Live" event, right in the heart of London. All the teams took part and the drivers got to perform demonstration runs against the famous backdrop of Trafalgar Square. Someone came up with the idea of performing some "controlled turns" – actually we could call them tryre-burning donuts - that definitely seemed to please the crowd of around 100,000 that packed the streets on the Wednesday afternoon and early evening!

Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat also found time to take part in the Clay Day Cup: a charity event all in aid of the Wings for Life Spinal Cord research. For some reason this sport has often been linked with F1, maybe because both have something to do with the need for good hand-eye coordination. The same can be said for tennis, and when Christian Horner hosted a barbecue during the week, Carlos found himself playing tennis against the Red Bull Racing Team Principal, in match umpired by Dr. Helmut Marko.

When it came time for the track action at the super fast Silverstone circuit, there was plenty of work to do for all the teams, facing the challenge of the first really quick track on the 2017 calendar. Since the start of the season, we have seen lap times tumble and the drivers were all looking forward to tackling the sweeping Silverstone turns. We ended up in the middle of the pack during Friday's sessions, knowing that making it to Q3 on Saturday would not be impossible, but it would certainly be tough.



Did we mention it was very cold with grey skies for much of the weekend? While England had enjoyed something of a heatwave over the past month, as tradition demands, all that had to change for the British Grand Prix and, right on cue, it even rained a bit during qualifying. That complicated matters for everyone, while Carlos also had to contend with a rear suspension problem. In the end, Q3 was out of reach, but our two cars were still starting from near enough to the points zone for us to go to bed on Saturday night in an optimistic frame of mind. Unfortunately it didn't last long as a collision between Daniil and Carlos saw the immediate retirement of the Spaniard and compromised Daniil's race himself – not the best scenario in the world for a team, but this is racing. Let's forget about Silverstone... Onwards and upwards to the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.