When I was doing some behind the scenes filming at the Lotus factory in Norfolk, I came across a room which houses the chassis mock up, made of what looked like clay, which the team built over the winter prior to building their first car.
This is also where the drivers have their seat fitting, making sure they actually fit in the cockpit.
It was amazing to see perfect replicas of the Cosworth engine, the fuel tank, the oil tank and so on, which the engineers and mechanics spent hours on, like a giant Lego set to make sure the car all went together as intended.
What struck me was how intense that work must have been at the time and how quickly things had moved on as now these items lay abandoned. They’d played their part, now they were obsolete.
Soon they will be cleared out as the 2011 chassis mock up will be constructed in there and the whole process will start again.
This video is short and sweet, but it shows a side of F1 few fans ever get to see.