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Announcing the winners of Behind the scenes Mercedes Factory Tour competition
Posted By: James Allen  |  15 Oct 2013   |  5:01 pm GMT  |  35 comments

JA on F1 together with our partner UBS has been running a competition this past week, offering 10 lucky readers the chance to go behind the scenes at the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team headquarters in Brackley, near Silverstone, to see how the team builds the cars and to ask questions.

The winners will be accompanied by our own James Allen to give insights into any areas of interest you may have in current F1, including race strategy, driver moves and more. The tour takes place on Friday October 18th, starting at 10-30am.

We’ve had a fantastic response, with 1,125 entries in a week.

The 10 winners, selected at random, are:

Kate Rawlinson
Ed Ratcliffe
Nipun Kulreshtha
Deborah Chalcroft
Howard P
Martin Edmunds
Robert Nurnberg
Nicola Smith
Mike Hannan
Neil Morton

They have already been informed.

We look forward to seeing them on Friday at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team base in Brackley.

Thanks to everyone else for entering. Keep your eyes on JA on F1 in the coming weeks – we have another fantastic competition coming up soon, giving fans an opportunity to get closer to the sport.

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  1. Sebee says:

    Hey winners, no Secret Tire Test jokes on the tour! :-)

    1. Javier Marcelo says:

      Sebee, Im getting used to your sense of humour. You probably would do it!!!

      1. Sebee says:

        I’d simply keep my black Schuberth QM1 motorcycle helmet on for the entire tour…you would never even know it was me all along.

      2. Flying lap says:

        And you would go unnoticed, for sure!!!

  2. Robert N says:


    I cannot express how happy I am! Really looking forward to the factory tour and, of course, to finally meeting you in person!


  3. Random 79 says:

    Congratulations everyone :)

    Just keep in mind that Mercedes will notice if an F1 car goes missing ;)

  4. well it was not me then , got all excited about the announcement :(

  5. Truth or lies says:

    Congratulations to all I hope you have a great day.

    Now when is the next competition starting…

    1. James Allen says:

      Soon and it’s mind blowing!

      1. Sebee says:

        I call dibs on the Austin Paddock Club Passes!

        …just in case that’s it, so everyone is aware.

      2. Phil Alloy says:

        Yes, James. Looking forward to one of these contest winnings being in the US so we colonials finally get something on the home front.

      3. Random 79 says:

        …and then all the Mexicans can win ;)

      4. Sebee says:


        I won’t turn down Brazil Paddock either. It’s just a short hop and skip away too.

        I think Brazil is a bit light on ticket sales this year. Unfortunate really if that is so. Why just a few days ago I got an official Interlagos offer for Senna Grandstand, plus 4 nights **** hotel and to/from circuit transfer for 1400 Reas if I remember right. That’s like flight plus $650 per person for F1 and extended weekend in Sao Paulo. If you have to buy equipment before, camping could be more expensive! :-)

  6. Aleksandar says:

    You got to love the names, all generic westerners….and add an Indian to not be so conspicuous.

    1. Basil says:

      Well, this is an England-based site isn’t it? How would you react if an Indian-based site would announce a winners list full of Russian names?

      1. James Allen says:

        It’s actually now around 38% UK readers, the rest of the world has grown a lot in the last 12 months

      2. Cliff says:

        That makes sense James.
        I was on another site recently when the debate was getting out of hand (insults towards Drivers and each other). Suddenly out of nowhere one of the posters made the comment, “if you want to get some real F1 news and insight, try jamesallenonf1″. Not sure we want the insults, but its good to know that your readership reaches many corners of the F1 world.

        PS: Will the book be ready for christmas?

      3. James Allen says:

        Yes, working on the chapters now

      4. Sebee says:

        JAonF1 conquered by world! Let’s take this site to the next level. How can we be early investors? Based on GroupOn valuation JAonF1 is easily worth 750M USD today.

      5. ChimpSafari says:

        I call for a RM style share sale. Now how do I get my bid in?

      6. Random 79 says:

        He’d break out the vodka of course! :)

  7. Deborah Chalcroft says:

    Absolutely delighted to have been picked! And can’t wait for Friday! HUGE thank you.

  8. Duncan Conway says:

    Congrats guys, I managed to get a tour of Caterham F1 back in March and that was awesome so it’s going to be a fantastic day for you all.

    Thanks to James and his team too for the opportunity.

  9. Alberto Martínez says:


    One suggestion for future competitions: I think for foreign people like me, it would be great to have more time between the announcement of the winners and the day of the visit.

    Bear in mind that in a short period of time we need to purchase flights, book accomodation and learn how to get to the factory and the best mean of transport to do it. Besides, prices tend to be more expensive if you try to buy them with only a few hours to the arrival date. A worst case scenario would be for overseas people.

    I hope this suggestion don´t sound rude or ill-mannered. This competition is probably the best one I´ve ever take part in. Thanks for providing such a great opportunity

    Best wishes.

  10. Grant H says:

    Totally jealous

    I have to say this is the best f1 site on the web, keep up the great work

  11. Eduardo Owen says:

    next time :-( I guess

  12. Graham Kenny says:

    Congrats to the the winners. Have a great day.

  13. Cliff says:

    Don’t get jealous very often, but I am tonight.

    congrats to the winners.

  14. TGS says:

    What about the 300,000th comment James?

    1. James Allen says:

      We’ve passed 300,000 now and I’ll be sending a prize to the winner.

  15. Howard P says:

    …. I won…. woah.

    1. Random 79 says:

      Terms and conditions – general Obligations

      (iii) you will not be under the influence of drugs


  16. Nicola Smith says:

    I won! Wahoo.
    Absolutely can’t wait. So excited

  17. TRS says:

    Didn’t win. Repeating to myself over and over, ‘I’m not too disappointed. I’m not too disappointed …’


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