How Reddit Prepared Me For A Day At The F1 Paddock Club

How Reddit Prepared Me For A Day At The F1 Paddock Club

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Credit: Williams Martini Racing

I recently had the privilege of spending the day at the Grand Prix with the Martini Williams Racing crew. I watched the race from the garage, I walked the pit lane and saw all of the cars and mechanics gearing up for the race, and I hobnobbed with the drivers between races.

After the day spent learning the ins and outs of the Italian racing lifestyle, you could call me an expert in all things F1. From the unlimited Prosecco to the insane finesse of the pit stop and garage, I can see the appeal of the sport and the lifestyle without a doubt.

That said, going into the event, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I’ve watched my fair share of race days — in the comfort of a sports bar. Never had I had the chance to walk the pit lane or watch the race from behind the scenes. So naturally, to help prepare myself for the experience,  I turned to the Internet to get a crash course in all things racing. Namely: Reddit. You’d be surprised by what you can learn simply by running through a few r/ threads.

1) The Williams team pit crew boasts the fastest pit stop wheel change in the business.

With just 2.1 seconds per car. This beats out Mercedes, and even Ferrari.

Comment from discussion ELI5: How are the Williams pit crew so quick?.

I was lucky enough to witness this first hand. It’s so quick that I saw it happen twice before realizing that’s what was going on when the cars pull into the pit lane. Those guys move — and fast.

2) Yes, they’re both racing driven but Formula 1 is not NASCAR.

The differentiation in racing culture extends all the way down to the way drivers interact with each other — with dignity.

Comment from discussion Examples of drivers getting in actual, physical fights?.

You could see the respect drivers have for one another when you walked down the Paddock after each qualifying round. Nodding and waving was common. What was most striking was the way Lewis Hamilton gave Lance Stroll an encouraging thumbs up during race day, live on the track.

3) Lance Stroll of the Williams team, doubles as an F1 driver and budding trendsetter.

His bespoke Canadian flag Williams cap has been coveted since its debut earlier this year.

Comment from discussion Williams Martini Canada Hat.

4) There are no current female F1 drivers.

However, unlike certain sporting leagues such as the NHL or NBA, when a woman does reach F1 level, she will be welcomed as an equal driver.

Comment from discussion why have there been so few female F1 drivers?.

5) F1 racing has become much more safer and regulated since the days of Rush.

F1 is a dangerous sport, sure, but they’re always working to make it safer. This is not always welcomed by legends like as Niki Lauda — who believe safety measures such as Halo will ruin the spirit of the sport.

Comment from discussion Niki Lauda on Halo: We’re going to destroy Formula 1. Please don’t introduce it..

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July 16, 2017 at 03:16AM

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