It’s a long break between the qualification this morning and the first race to afternoon, it gives plenty of time for reflection for the drivers and also to fulfil other commitments. Dino Zamparelli and Ryan Cullen made an appearance at the Silverstone Racing Club to speak whilst the members enjoyed some refreshing beverages, they provided a first hand insight into the difficulties of qualifying especially when there is 27 drivers with speeds differing up to 6 seconds a lap. Dino explained that he really struggled with traffic which led to him qualifying in 16th whilst Ryan was happy just to get some more experience under his belt as this is the first time he has driven the Silverstone circuit in aero-package car.
Meanwhile in the paddock again the mood has been laser although the ART team haven’t yet taken to playing tennis again.
With the very busy schedule on track it takes along time for the gp3 cars to return to the paddock after qualifying. Parc-ferme is in the new paddock and the teams are based in the old. Today, it took around 3 hours for the cars to be back leaving very little for e mechanics to do.
The drivers however, as I mentioned previously, have their commitments, and it’s very rare you see any relaxing. Fontana was pacing the paddock on his phone evidently speaking to the press back home, the Jack Harvey, as the highest qualifying Brit has been very busy with press interviews as have many drivers and all also have to go throu their data from the qualifying session to learn for the race later today.