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Six Things You May Have Missed from Our Season So Far

Car launch. Testing. Two Grands Prix. It’s been a hectic start to the 2024 Formula One season.

So much so that with all the on-track action, it’s been easy for some things to have slipped under the radar. We’ve put together a handy round-up of everything that’s been going on that you might have missed. Enjoy!

62 in a row

George and Lewis’ points finish at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was the 62nd consecutive race in which the team had scored points, equalling our best ever run in Formula One. A top 10 finish for either driver in Melbourne will set a new record.

The current streak started at the 2021 French Grand Prix, and the last time the team came away from a race weekend with zero points was the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, when both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas failed to score.

The previous streak of 62 was set between the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2016 Russian Grand Prix.

Lucky 63 for 63 and 44 next time out?

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Formula One cars can quite often be described as mobile billboards, but together with one of our newest partners we’ve given one piece of our branding a special touch in 2024, highlighting two of our most important communication points.

The radio call button on the steering wheel, and the microphone on our headsets will play host to WhatsApp this season.

At just 11mm, the car to pit radio button is the smallest example of partner branding on the entire Formula One grid.

Lights Out and Away we LE-GO

W15 wasn’t the only car we launched at the start of the 2024 season. In conjunction with LEGO, we unveiled two scale model versions of our 2023 Formula One car on our Team store. A toy version with pull back motor for kids, and 1:8 scale LEGO Technic for adults, meaning everyone is catered for!

You can add to your collection here

It even got some TV time during F1 Testing

Pit Stop(ping) by the Fan Zone

Bringing the fans closer to the action is a huge part of our team goals, wherever we are in the world. We took a team of our heritage mechanics with us to Saudi Arabia, to create the ultimate hands-on fan experience.

Everyone has seen pitstops live on TV, but few would have got the chance to take part themselves. We loved welcoming everyone to the stand, and it was amazing to see fans of all ages and backgrounds get stuck into to some wheel gun action!

Double Delight for Doriane

Doriane’s F1 Academy trophy cabinet had a couple of new additions before the lights had even gone out on the season opener in Jeddah. Our junior driver had brilliantly dominated qualifying, taking two pole positions by combined 1.3 seconds.

A unique format sees the grid for each race set based on each driver’s fastest and second fastest qualifying laps. So superior was Doriane’s performance that her fastest three laps would have been good enough to take pole.

Her reward? Two Pirelli pole position tyres – exactly the same as those received by the Formula One polesitter each race weekend – with added F1 Academy colouring.

Special Delivery in Bahrain

With a baby due in mid-April, team mechanic Jon flew to Bahrain pretty confident in the knowledge that he wasn’t about to miss out on any big news or surprises. That all changed on race day, when he woke up to 10 missed calls from home.

The message when he got in touch with the UK? A baby girl had been born.

Cue team celebration. Toto, Lewis, George and the whole trackside crew were on hand to congratulate Jon, and with race day on Saturday, he was free to fly home earlier than usual to enjoy the moment and settle into family life as a Dad – even if it was a few weeks earlier than expected!

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