Posted on December 6, 2012

A unique collection of sought-after Formula 1 memorabilia and experiences, including Ayrton Senna’s racing gloves from his 1991 championship-winning year and Jenson Button’s race seat from this year’s Australian GP, are to be auctioned off in the New Year to raise money for the Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust. The Trust, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and which James Allen is among the trustees, has been chosen as the first official charity of Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame awards, which will be held for the fourth time in February when a further quartet of  legends of the More…

Posted on September 13, 2012

Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast #7 for September, presented from the Williams F1 Team factory. This is the busiest podcast we have put together yet. It features not only a sneak preview of the new F1 2012 game from Codemasters and an interview with its creator, but also a celebration of 25 years of the Mechanics’ Trust with contributions from my fellow Trustees Patrick Head, Sir Jackie Stewart and Jo Ramirez as well as former drivers Derek Warwick and John Watson. Plus we speak to the next British driver aiming to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and More…

Posted on January 20, 2012

The Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust has launched a new area on its website, exclusively for former and current F1 mechanics to chat online and swap photos and stories. The new area of the website is open to current or past F1 mechanics, who have registered with the Trust. Called ‘The Garage’, it is a private area where mechanics, past and present, can find old friends and colleagues, interact and reminisce or plan meet ups. There’s a forum to discuss any topic they like, plus a section for photographs from when mechanics worked in the paddock. There’s even a list More…

Posted on October 28, 2011

Several of the top teams have flown out half a dozen mechanics to have on standby in case any of their crew should fall ill during this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. This unprecedented situation has arisen after stories emanating from the Commonwealth Games, held here in India last year, where many key workers got “Delhi belly” and were incapacitated. With long transit times from Europe, some teams do not want to take the risk that they might have people unable to work or to perform vital functions, such as late night rebuilds or even pit stops. The rules say that More…

Posted on December 13, 2010

One of the features of this season was the Red Bull mechanics looking utterly exhausted as a result of working deep into the night before qualifying to fit new parts to the cars which arrived at all hours at the circuit. The ‘go faster’ parts certainly made a difference and I’m sure that those mechanics have been catching up on sleep pretty much since they finished in Abu Dhabi, dreaming of what to spend their bonuses on. But it’s not all like that. The mechanics at every team were stretched during a gruelling 19 race calendar and those working for More…

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