The members of the F1 paddock who take part in the “Run that Track” initiative, whereby hundreds run a lap of each track on the calendar, have broken through the $1 million barrier for money raised.
The challenge, which was started four years ago by McLaren engineer Simon Morillas, sees drivers, trainers, mechanics, engineers, media and catering staff taking to the track in the evenings after practice and qualifying. And for every lap logged, F1 global partner UBS donates $100 to Make a Wish Foundation, whose aim is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
After the summer shutdown, Run That Track needed 48 laps to break through $1Million over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Over 120 laps were registered over the weekend, taking the total to $1,007,200.00
Simon Morillas, said, “It’s fair to say that RunThatTrack began as a bit of a prank, but the way it has taken off in the Formula One paddock has been incredible.
“I would never have thought that what started as a bit of fun could go on to make such a difference and really impact on the lives of seriously ill children and young people across the world.”
There is inevitably a competitive side to it with Nico Rosberg’s press man Georg Nolte the fastest man this year. Max Chilton’s physio Sam Village, a successful triathlete, had been the pace setter, but has been doing three and four lap runs this season, so his times are slower.
The previous fastest man in F1 was Matthew Kingston-Lee, a photo technician for XPB Images, but he is not travelling to races this season.
For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org