No rest for the wicked! Just a few hours after the flag fell on the Chinese Grand Prix we were packing our bags and heading off to Bahrain. A 10 hour flight (and an entertaining foot race against Toro Rosso and Renault through Qatar airport later!) we touched down in Manama. Back-to-back races mean a rapid turnaround for not just the team members, but also the freight…
Thursday in F1 is, of course, media day!
After a few hours’ R&R at the hotel on Wednesday (interrupted by McLaren and Fernando Alonso breaking the internet with their Indy 500 news… most inconsiderate!) we set off for the Bahrain International Circuit to get down to work… and enjoy the delights of the famous paddock BBQ, of course.
Offering a rare chance to mingle with friends and rivals alike, the BBQ is a melting pot of clashing kit colours, as team members from up and down the grid gather together to try out some local delicacies and talk all things Formula One. Well, maybe not all things… it’s still a competition after all! This is definitely one of the social highlights of the year – big thanks to everyone at BIC for organising!
Fun though it might be, a good night’s sleep is much needed after the BBQ because Thursday in F1 is, of course, media day! Bahrain brings a different level of heat compared to most places, let alone our Brackley home, so sunscreen, Monster Energy bottle and sunglasses are all absolute essentials!
Lewis was up for FIA Press Conference this week, where the main topic of conversation was obviously Fernando’s surprise Indy 500 news. After dropping a hint that he’s off to MotoGP (a joke, we hope…) Lewis offered a shout-out to old friend Jenson Button.
Lewis: I hope Jenson comes back
With Fernando missing the Monaco Grand Prix, McLaren have a car going spare… and Lewis is backing Jenson to make a comeback.
“I hope Jenson comes back. I think it would be great for the sport to have Jenson back in,” said Lewis. “I like Jenson, I still think he is one of the best drivers. His calibre is still higher than any other driver who could take that spot, for sure. His calibre and experience."
There was no press conference slot for Valtteri this weekend – but that doesn’t mean the Finn got the day off! After starting the day with a lengthy engineering meeting, Valtteri ran through a series of interviews, speaking to our media friends from across the world, both written press and TV channels, before more time talking set-up in the evening.
So there you have it – Thursday in the crazy world of Formula One. That’s us signing off from China for tonight. Tomorrow we unleash Lewis, Valtteri and the W08 on the Bahrain International Circuit. Bring it on…