F1 is all about learning. From fine-tuning car setup on track to delving into the data and stats post-race, there's always a lot of knowledge to gain. And that couldn't be more evident than in NDT.
After each race, hundreds of parts are stripped from the cars and returned to base, where they are put through a rigorous series of tests in order to check that they are in tip-top shape and ready to be put back on the car for the next round of the season.
The type of testing that a part undergoes depends on what material it is made from. Various techniques and methods are used to examine F1 parts, to make sure there are no problems, defects or areas of concern that could mean they need to be repaired or, in the worst case, even scrapped.
One of the NDT processes that a metal part goes through is Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI). "We create a magnetic field within the components and apply a green fluid onto their surface" explains Pete, a Process Engineer in Composites and Manufacturing.
"When the magnetic field is applied, we look at the part under a UV light and check for fine green lines, which would indicate a defect.
"We do this in different orientations to make sure we don't miss anything. We have to do these for every turnaround."