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Posted By: James Allen  |  07 Oct 2013   |  11:22 am GMT  |  1,127 comments

One of the big stories of 2013 has been the rise of Mercedes as a force in F1 with wins and pole positions for Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. And they are one of the favourites for 2014, when F1 moves to a new technology formula.

And now JA on F1 together with our partner UBS is delighted to offer 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.


We are offering 10 people the chance to tour the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory. And you’ll be accompanied by our own James Allen to give insights into any areas of interest you may have in current F1, including race strategy.

This site is all about bringing the fans closer to the sport and providing insight and this amazing opportunity will certainly do that!

We did a tour of the Brackley facility last year, just after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the winners were amazed by the access they got: “It was amazing!” said Alex Manning. “I wasn’t expecting to actually be standing next to the cars from Abu Dhabi and speak to so many staff – the highlight was definitely the 49 mins with Jock Clear, absolutely fascinating insight into the world of F1. Brilliant experience.”

Refreshments will be served at the start of the event and there will be lunch afterwards.

The Tour takes place on Friday October 18th 2013, with arrival at 10-30am for an 11am start.

Entry is simple: Leave your name below and we will select ten winners at random on Monday 14th October at noon UK time. A post notifying the winners will be put up soon after.

Terms and conditions

– Prize does not include travel to and from Brackley, Northamptonshire.

– Competition is free to enter

– Only people excluded from entering are employees of other F1 teams, suppliers or competitors.

General Obligations

(i) you take part in the Event on your own account and at your own risk and liability;
(ii) you are aware of the potential hazards associated with your participation in the Event;
(iii) you will not be under the influence of drugs, medication or alcohol before or during participation at the Event;
(iv) you are completely healthy at the time of the Event and not suffering from any illness that may impair your ability to take part or interfere with or endanger your participation;
(v) you will adhere to all health and safety briefings provided by the Organiser;

The Organiser reserves the right to exclude any party from the Event immediately should such party contravene any of the above terms and conditions.

1. ELIGIBILITY
• Participation in the competition is open anyone aged 18 and over, save for employees and contractors of rival F1 teams, suppliers or competitors, who are not eligible to participate.
• The promoter reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone it deems unsuitable or unable to take part.
• Winners may be required to submit valid identification and proof of age at any stage of the competition and/or before receiving their prize.
• The winners must confirm that they will be available to attend the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory on Friday 18th October 2013.
* Travel to and from the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory is at the winner’s own expense.
• By entering the competition, participants agree that their personal data submitted as part of the registration process will be stored and processed by the promoter as data controller in accordance with applicable data protection laws for the purpose(s) of administering/operating the competition.
• Any failure to adhere to these terms and conditions will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.

The competition entry period is between 09-00AM GMT on 7th October 2013 and 12-00 PM GMT on 14th October 2013 (the “Entry Period”).

Winners will be notified by email and the names of the winners will be posted on the website www.jamesallenonf1.com

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I could contest for this opportunity but I think I am of a higher caliber than that. So I will just moan about it later

2

Would be a dream come true

3

My entry.. Fingers crossed

4

love mercedes and both drivers. Would to see what goes on behined the scenes.

5

Ajay Chandarana

6

Robin Goodlet

7

Please enter me for this great opportunity!

8

Tom Ellis 🙂

9

an amazing competition, good luck to all who enter 🙂

10

Pick me... mark Chapman!!

11

Amazin. Wat a great comp. Plz plz pick me

12

Would love the chance to visit

13

yes please but wont put the vacation request in just yet ! PAUL FARRELLY

14

I would love to win this unique opportunity to visit the Mercedes F1 factory. I am a huge fan of Lewis Hamilton and support Mercedes AMG Petronas team!

Katie Rawlinson

15

Pick me! Please.

16

pick me please

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Rob Friend

18

My son is a huge Lewis fan and wld love tour!

19

Wow

20

I hope that the fact that I can't figure out how to comment works in my favour :/ I would love this opportunity!! 🙂 thank you! Ashley atkins.

21

Yes please,, Philip Peed. Thanks.

22

Fingers crossed!

Matthew Rogers

23
Scuderia McLaren

I'd like to nominate Hero Was Senna.

Because when he does these things he really writes them up well for others and he is a massive fan of F1. He's quite a good wordsmith.

When I met him, his passion was palpable.

Please pick Hero Was Senna... Carlo something or rather. 😉

24

What an amazing opportunity! Thank you for organising. Good Luck to all and Congratulations to the lucky, lucky 10.

25
Chukwuma Onyeabo

Chukwuma Onyeabo

26

Thank you scud, I am grateful for your kind words and your support.

The name is Carlo Carluccio and I throw my hat into the ring as well.

I hope fate smiles on me as apart from the actual prize I'd like to meet James personally as he was in Bahrain when the Nitro + event was run

27

Carluccio?

28

Yep that's me, a name that meant I had to be good at school as the teachers all knew the "funny" name! Lol

29

That's it 🙂

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Andy Haycock

31

Pick me!

32

I second this 🙂

33

Thank you kind sir 🙂

34

Have been a F1 follower since the 1960's, Team Lotus and Jim Clark, (The Greatest)

Would love to see behind the scenes at a modern F1 Team

35

I just finished reading " Jim Clark at the wheel". What a humble yesteryear hero who got on well with almost anyone. My childhood greatest hero. I miss him ever since that fatal crash in Germany.

36

Please can you enter me for the chance to attend the Tour of the Mercedes F1 team factory.

Many thanks

Tom

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Daniel Reid

38

I would love this so much!

39

I'd like to enter you Mercedes factory tour competion.

40

Me! Me! Pick Me! 🙂

41

James McNulty

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"McNulty is good Police."

The Wire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhIJkCrRSbE&list=PLA5BDCF1E110487DA

This sounds like...scratch that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity I only wish I didn't live in the States.

McNulty is one of the great TV cops of all time.

43

Chris Brown

44

No to you for hitting a girl:-)

45

hahaha...fortunately i am not that one...if i had his money tho i'd be at every F1 meeting!!! lol 🙂

46
STephen Richardson

please

47

Fingers crossed!!

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Tom Moreno

49

Kiril Varbanov, obviously 🙂 The favorite word of F1 drivers.

50

Jon Walters

51

Mercedes competition entry

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Zoran Stefanovic

That is rare opportunity to see it as a big fan of F1 historically M-B Team

53

I'm in. Sounds incredible.

54

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Factory Tour entry

55

Is the silly season keeping on or is it jusy silliness?

Ross to Honda and McLaren? If this happens it will be a huge punch back from McLaren!

56

McLaren-Honda-Ross Brown-Fernando Alonso-Hulkenberg

its in the oven!!!

57

EXACTLY!!!!

58

Plus the big money of:

Honda+Santander+a mobile phone company is in process (Movistar?, Alo -brand from Méjico, of Carlos Slim-?).

It would be going back directly to the first league and Alonso a bit feed up of Domenicali´s conservative aproach vs agresive promises!!!!

59
Andrew Townshend

This would be an awesome experience and as a massive F1 fan I would love the opportunity

60

James Moodie

61

wish me luck!

62

Please include me in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory visit competition.

Jim

63

Fingers crossed for this Hamilton!

64

I would love to take part, I live in Brisbane Oz now after leaving London last year, but would fly back to UK to see the factory, would love to take part as many others would, great competition good luck to all who enter.

With regards

John fryer

65

Jon Wilde - Pick me! I can't wait to find out how much weight the team saved by removing the word Blackberry from the sides of the cars!

66

Ed Ratcliff

Perfect as I have that day off already were I to win! Gets me out of DIY hell. Good luck all...

67

Fingers crossed!

68

Please pick me!

70

I'd like to win 😀

71

What an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with the Mercedes F1 team ... A unique chance to witness the staggering amount of endeavour required to race and develop an F1 race team

72

Mark donnelly

73

Mercedes Factory Tour Competition - Roy McBride

74

Would love to go, my absolute dream

75

If I would win this, it would be fantastic.

76

Huge F1 fan from Greater Manchester.

78

Mob 07934879195

79

This sounds like another great event through JAonF1, count me in

80

Me please! 🙂

81

Is this the correct place for the competition?

82

A chance to tour an F1 team factory would be amazing, please include me in the draw! @monkeyboyleo #F1 @MercedesAMGF1

83
Alexander Supertramp

Me me me me me me!

84

Never was the one to win any....luck is?

Aleksandar

85

james o'brien

from Reading

86

I would love this!

Mark Jackson

87

James - This is my entry for the competition - Thanks.

88

please entr me in the Mercedes factory visit competition , thanks

89

Martin Thorne,

Mercedes Competition

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David Hastings

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Trevor kislingbury

Competition entry

92

Can I bring my spanners?

93

Been a fan since watching James Hunt win in 76

94

Whoever wins, it will be a memorable day judging from the comments after the previous visit.

95

Looking forward to seeing the team

96

Great opportunity, cheers for arranging James 🙂

97

im in.

andy james

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Adrian Manktelow

Please put my name in the hat!

99

Here's my entry request!

100

Mechanical Engineer who is a life long fan of F1

101

I would love the unique opportunity to learn and experience this environment. Hoping that I win the chance!

102

Bader Yar

103

Please include me in the draw for the Mercedes prize.

104
Daniel Mir Zambrana

It would be a great opportunity to enter in F1 world and to learn from what work they do at factory, and mainly how they do.

For me its pretty special, because I'm studying mechanical engineering.

Thank you very much!

105

great opportunity!!!

106

This is a great opportunity for any F1 fan.

107

Nick Jackson

108

Richard Groves

Fingers crossed....

109

Yes Please!!!

110

Entry into Merc competition

111

Rudolf Huys

112

Yes please!

113

Thanks, Sean

114

Fingers crossed

115

Ooh, maybe I'll be lucky this time ....

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Tom Wilson

117

Sounds excellent!

118

Competition entry

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Megan Lucas

120

mike cullom

121

Visit to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory competition.

122

Robin Venables

123

Thanks for the opportunity. Good luck to all!

124

Barnaby Smith

Hope the winner has a fantastic day. 🙂

125

Robert Nürnberg

126

Ben Fulford

127

Mike Lucas... you never know!

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Andrew Parsonage

Yes please!

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Yes please! 😀

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Yes please

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Simon Rolfe

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Mike Richardson

134

Good Luck all, there are still 9 spaces after, hopefully, my name comes out of the hat!

135

Yes Yes Yes Please !

Anthony

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Andrew Hibberd

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Daniel Whittington

Sign me up James!!

Many thanks

Daniel Whittington

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Pick me!

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Yes Please!!

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Paul Asquith.

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Mark Harris

142

Graham Barker

143

Tom Shelley

144

Joel Lewis would like to enter the competition!

145

My childhood home, remember them building this as the BAR factory when I was a kid, would love to see the inside!

146

Marc brown

147

I've never won a competition, this would be amazing!

148

It would be a perfect autumn day

149

Hopefully Ross will still be there...

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Adam Harvey

151

well why not, give it a try!

152

Daniel Hudson,

Wow, what an amazing opportunity

153
Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

154

I'm a huge fan of the Brackley team. I'd love to see what they get up to behind the scenes!

155

Thanks for the opportunity

156

Daniel Hale! :-0

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Thanks for the opportunity

158

Please!

Simon Young

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Alastair Emmerson

I would like to go please.

160

Would love to go!

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Jon Mallen-Beadle

162

Pick me - PLEASE!! 🙂

163

Count me in for this please!

165

Wow, wow, wow! Yes please.

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Richard Cawthraw

Rich Cawthraw

167

This sounds like a very good way of spending the day.

168

Awesome, and who knows, second time lucky?

169

Cool!

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Dominic Brown

172

Andy Richardson

173

Add a Nick Brigden to the list please! Thanks 🙂

174

Yes please fingers crossed

Wayne vining

175

I entered last year - hope my luck improves this time round.

176

Richard Marlow

177

Steve Hird

179

What a great opportunity!

180

Yes please 🙂

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Yes please!

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Alexander Katsouris

My name is alexander Katsouris

183

... tried it last year - without success, so here I am again. Ready to go, go, go!!

184

Muna Mwando

185

What a wonderful chance to see the hard work that goes on behind the scences but all too often goes unoticed

186

Make a fantastic birthday present for myself as well

187

Paul Herbert

188

I wouldn't say no...

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Giedrius Drulia

Me too!

190

I´d like to go only to ask Ross Brawn about the rumor that he is going to Honda. I guess James can ask the question for me.

🙂

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Leonardo Pasta

192

Mercede's largest market needs to be represented. Thx

193

Would be very interesting.

194

Simon Todd

195

Warren Dickinson... Maybe dreams do come true!

196

Yes please!!

197

Thank you!

198

Me please.

199
Neil Mickleburgh

Would love to see what goes on behind the scenes after watching for so many years, add me to the draw 🙂

200

I wants this 😉

201

Decebal Mihai

202

Simon Smith standing by!

203

Would love a tour of the factory that will built Nico's title winning car next year. PAUL

204
Seamus Phillips

This would be great,,as it my birthday on the 18th

205

To have the opportunity to see the real workings of a F1 factory would be amazing.

206

Korrie Stanley

🙂

207

Marc Coltelli

208
Guillermo Grindlay

Yes please!

209

Fantastic prize.

210

Yes please!

211

Chris Hobbs. Great way to mark my 50th year.

212

All the way from Germany! Would love to be selected!

213

Would love to go...

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Golden chance....

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Marc Beyeler - would love this!

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Ahmad Khan

217

Simon Rose .... yes please!!!

218

Would love to see F1 world in detail...

219

Fantastic prize James.

I'm sure I'll be free to join you...!!

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Gareth Powell

221

Simon Abell

222

Johannes Fuchs

223

Joe Clarke.

224

A great website has just got better. Fanstastic prize.

225

That sounds awesome! Me wants it!

Sam Morgan

226

Consider me interested.

227
Nipun Kulshreshtha

This is a great opportunity, kudos to JAF1 for organizing something like this. Would love to be able to visit Merc F1!

:Fingers crossed:

228

Yes please!

Adam Walker

229

Massive thumbs up to both James and Mercedes for securing this amazing opportunity.

- Simon Lynwood

*fingers crossed!!!*

230

Would be amazing!

231

Fingers Crossed 😀

232

Muneeb Rahman

233

Bryan B.

234

Please enter me

235

Hi James,

I met you at the MTC last year. Would be great to do again at Mercedes. Fingers tightly crossed...

Mike

236

Andrew Archer

237
Mike Littlemore

I’d like to enter you Mercedes factory tour competion.

238

Pick me please!

239

Des Murray

240

Christmas come early, yes please! David Fowler.

241

Jon Reynolds

242

Another great opportunity for the real enthusiasts who spend so much time on your site, James. Thank You

I've been following F1 for more than 45 years and would love to visit Brackley.

Chris S

243

This would make my year!

244
Juliet Hodgkinson

Yes please

245

What a fantastic prize! Fingers crossed... 😉

246

Fingers crossed 🙂

247

I'm up for that!! 2nd time lucky maybe.... 🙂

248

Sean McDonagh

249

Yes please.

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Mark Sinclair

251

Love to do the tour and thanks to JA and UBS

252

Julie Krueger

253

PLEEEEAAAAASE!?

254

Giles Vidgeon - Amazing prize Count me in!

255

7 days before thesis is due? Will I fly to Brackley at my own expense from Western Australia?

Yes, yes I believe I would. Would give my left nut to learn about how Mercedes F1 has been improving its thermal management of tyres and just where it's blistering qually pace comes from!

256
Chris Pichowicz

Chris Pichowicz

257

Pick me, pick me !

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Shey Ylonen

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Dougie MacDonald

Yes please, what better way for me to spend the day on my wife's birthday!

260

Joe Poljski

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Dennis Hamilton

Dennis Hamilton

262

Thanks for the great opportunity!

Bethan

263

MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS factory visit competition.

264

Would live this!!!

265

Yes please, good luck to everyone (but better luck to me!!)

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Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

267

Hiren Patel

268

Sounds truly amazing, it would make my life let alone my year!

270

great prize

271

Anil Parmar

272

Carl Higgins

'Only people excluded from entering are employees of other F1 teams, suppliers or competitors' - made me laugh. Look out for Coughlan and Stepney!

273

Joe Muddiman

274

Maciej Rychter

275

Sam Taylor

276

Jason Norwood

277

Martin Fry

Fingers crossed.

278

Fingers crossed.......

279

Me please!

280

Doh! That excited, forgot to leave my name....Mat Evans.

281
Christian Horner

Christian Horner.

Pick me please.

Can I bring a camera and my friend Adrian?

282

Yes, of course. Now, if you (and especially your friend) could please leave your notepads at reception? We'll look after them while you enjoy our hospitality. Thank you.

283

yes please!

284

Eduardo Owen-Miami-FL -USA

Followed F1 my whole life!!!

🙂

285

I would love to win this - have been an F1 fan since the early seventies!

286

Tim Brailli - Thanks

287
Martin Beecroft

Hey James, please enter me for the chances to go around the Mercedes garage. I'll fly all the way from Australia for the tour 🙂

Martin

288

Aadil Khota

289

I would love to have this opportunity of a behind the scenes tour.

290

Alex Guest

291

By the way James, Hope you're feeling better!

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Paul Jackson

293

Me too! Thanks.

294

Thanks for the opportunity!

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I'm here! Thank you, James!!

297

Fingers crossed

298

Nice prize!

299
Deborah Chalcroft

This would be an absolute dream come trey for me. I've been following F1 for 29 years since going to my first GP with my dad when I was 3 and I'm the biggest Lewis Hamilton fan there is!

300

Mark Edwards

301

Would be amazing - yes please!

302
Bruno Morais Ferreira

Bruno Morais Ferreira

303

Ben Ford

304
Laughing Viking

Martin alderton

305

Now that's an interesting prize! 🙂

306
Stuart Harrison

Worth a shot : Stuart Harrison!

Congrats to the winners - awesome opportunity!

307

Vic Shahid

308

Phil Brown

309

Shaun Fisher

Let me in!!!

311
Huw Burford-Taylor

Count me in!

312
Adrien Terrenoire

Adrien

313
Inderpal Virdee

Inderpal Virdee

314

Tim Norris

315
Connor McLaughlin

fingers and toes crossed.

316

I'd like to enter the competition please

James Dilley

317

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

MeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMeMe

PLEASE.

318

Caspar Graham

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Daniel adams

320

put my name in the hat then please.

321

Great prize!

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Fingers crossed!

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Here's hoping

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Jon Considine

325

I would like to enter the Prize Draw please !

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Pleaseeeeeeeeee

327

Could I be in the hat, please?

Daniel Francis

328

Stephen Purser

329

Mike Ward

330
Jack Beauchamp-Stansfield

Good luck all!

331

I'd like to enter please 🙂

Brett Foster

332

Please add my name into the entry spreadsheet.

Many thanks,

Josh.

333

Amit Bansal

334

I will win because my name is the most generic!

336

Thanks for entering me into the draw.

337

Yes please!

338

Toby Hussey

339

Would love the chance for a tour so please include me in the draw.

Neil Donnell

340

This would be awesome =)

341

Me,I'm very local.

342

Would love the opportunity to see the factory!

343

Karl Reid

344

Me please! I'm doing a degree in engineering and have been following F1 since I was a kid! This would be a dream come true.

345

Ally Wybrew - fingers crossed!

346

Michael Ray

347

Sam Baldock

348

Matthew Taylor

349

It would be fantastic.

350

Thanks for the opportunity.

351
Peter Richardson

Yes please! Peter Richardson

352

Would love a chance to see how things work!

353

Pick me and I will give you cookies!

/cookies subject to availability 🙂

354

Bart Stroobants

355
Giorgio Tabarani

Giorgio Tabarani

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Jonathan Ghesquiere

Taking part of this event would be fantastic !

357

Been F1 fan since early 70s, at Silverstone in 1973 !

Love to see modern F1 team

358
Alexander Jansson

YES please!

359

Raihanah Begum

360

Yes Please!!

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Frank Kilgour - I'm in....

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Chris Coates

363

Varun Arni

364
Andy Popplewell

Yes please

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Dave Mortimore

366

Stephen Heron - My birthday is the 14th so it wound be a fantastic birthday present. 😉

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Fedja Jasarevic

Great insight in how many regular readers this page posseses! Greetings from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

368

James thank you for organising the opportunity again this year

Mike

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mattia percudani

Please

370

Colin Westhead

371

Oh please at least this time...!!!