Been a day since I came home from the first day of the Young driver’s test, so I’ve had time to recover. But I had to share my experience with everyone else. First and foremost, it was a fantastic day. Woke up at half 4 in the morning and got to the circuit at 8am, before entering the circuit at half 8. It was great to be back, as I hadn’t been there since I was 10, so a good ten years!
There weren’t many people about, nor security either, which meant that myself, my dad, one of my friends and my girlfriend headed over to Copse, where we were just at the exit of the pit lane (They were using the old pit complex for the test). Little did we know at the time that we weren’t allowed there, but it was amazing to see the cars come out, especially those doing standing starts at the exit.
About an hour or so later, we took a walk down to maggots and becketts. Seeing the cars go through there was unreal. The Force India in the hands of Calado was really attacking it, more so than most other drivers. The McLaren wasn’t too shabby either, and of course the Red Bull looked pretty steady the whole time. Sauber on the other hand, didn’t look that great.
We carried on walking, and eventually we were told that we weren’t allowed in this part of the circuit, and had to make our way back to the other side. We sat watching the cars drive through Brooklands and Luffield, before heading over to the stands in Woodcote, to get some shade. It was so damn hot.
Around about this point, I met up with fellow F1 Fanatic, and F1F PS3 team mate, @Bradley13. Hadn’t known he was coming, but it was good to finally meet up with him, on his birthday too!
The hours passed until 5pm came around, and we queued up for the pit walk. We were very close to the front (Bar those whom were trying to push in). We were a little late in, thanks to a car (Probably the Marussia) breaking down on the entry to the pit lane.
Most of the teams had their cars out (Most of which were old spec cars, bar the Red Bull, which looked like the 2013 car, with its diffuser covered up). I got some great pictures, and as we made our way down to the end of the pit lane, we found Max Chilton out there. We managed to get a picture with him, before waiting outside of the Force India garage, as rumours speculated that di Resta and Calado could make an appearance. Turned out that we wasted our time there, as no-one came out.
We were ushered back down as the pit walk came to a close, but I did get a picture with the Lotus. The guy there was awesome, as only kids were really supposed to be allowed, but he couldn’t help but make an exception for Bradley and I ;) Something Red Bull could have learned from, as she didn’t allow it.
To be honest, I think a lot of the teams could have learned from Marussia and Lotus, whom seemed to make much more of an effort to interact with the fans and give something back.
To finish things off, I collected a few bits of tyre rubber as a souvenir, not that I’d forget this day anyway. Thoroughly enjoyable and for that price, I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to go along!