Posted by Chris Martin 07 July 2015
Behind the scenes at Silverstone, the 70th British Grand Prix: Hisense starts UK push with Red Bull sponsorship
There was no Tennis so you had little excuse to not watch this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. It was arguably the best race of the 2015 season so far and we were lucky enough to be there and get behind the scenes.
The amount of money in Formula 1 requires sponsors. We were invited to head to the practice day at Silverstone with Hisense, the latest addition to the Infinity Red Bull Racing team's list. The Chinese-bases company makes white goods but also specialises in displays so is going big on TVs with the view to increase its presence in the UK thanks to retailers including Asda. See also: Why Formula E needs to go faster.
Hisense also makes products such as smartphones and tablets but these aren't making their way to Blighty just yet. Thanks to their new partnership with Red Bull we were able to get behind the scenes at the Paddock Club, down the pit lane and inside the garage. Here's what we saw.
The Formula One Paddock Club entrance
A busy afternoon pit lane walk
The Torro Roso chassis - sister team to Red Bull
17-year old Max Verstappen poses somewhat awkwardly for photos in the Torro Roso garage
The current Silverstone grid
The Lotus F1 steering wheel with more buttons, paddles and dials than the Doctor's tardis - which get casually used at 200mph
The Willaims F1 team pit wall where one team member's job isn't quite done
One of the many Hisense screens you'll find on the pit wall providing all kinds of information and camera feeds
Ferrari pit stop rig arches over where the car will stop
The Williams rig back with the Martini stripes
Red Bull's rig is pretty nice too, with a good view of where the wheel guns attach
Spare front wings are a must for every F1 team
A simple board helps the drivers know where their team is located down the pit lane
We got great access to the Red Bull garage which is identical at every race - including Hisense displays
Daniil Kvyat's car inbetween practice runs
A close up of the carbon fibre composite brake discs
Data analysis is an ongoing process over the entire race weekend and beyond
How many mechanics can you have working on one car? A lot!
The Red Bull chassis looking great in the sunshine
And from the side
Handheld fans prepped and ready to go - mainly for cooling the brakes
The fanciest car jack we've ever seen
Probably the most low-tech item in F1 - the traditional pit board which is hung over the wall for each driver
The brake sign, as if the driver needs telling, and the gas which powers the wheel guns
Lewis' car which took the win
One of the race control cars makes an appearance in the pit lane
The trucks which travel the world magically transforming into luxury motorhome suits - VIPs only