Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo heads to his home Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2017 F1 season, in Melbourne with aspirations of a top result. In this race preview for Mobil One’s The Grid, Ricciardo explains the complexities of preparing for the Melbourne Grand Prix and how the team will be looking complete as many laps as possible through free practice to fine tune setup.
Having experienced the Melbourne podium in 2014 (as result which was taken away following a post race sanction), Ricciardo sets out a clear ambition to reach the top step in 2017 and “taste the big bottle of champagne” Unfortunately for Daniel, with Mumm Champagne being replaced by Chandon last season, should he reach the top step he’ll have to make do with sparkling wine. That being said I’m sure it’ll still taste sweet, even if it’s from a sweaty shoe!
Mclaren Honda have revealed the full extent to which Fernando Alonso’s shunt during the opening race of the 2016 Formula One World Championship set the team back. In this film from Mobil One’s the grid, Simon Roberts – Operational Director for the team, explains the complexities of component manufacturing & supply planning
Simon explains that in the immediate aftermath of the crash the team sought to access which components could be recovered and from there overlaid the manufacturing planning for new replacement components over and above any other plans. With an F1 car being made up of over 7000 handmade components, manufacturing replacements is not a 3 day job, the impact on production planning following an early season shunt at a point when spare parts are limited has far reaching effects. Simon estimates that changes to production planning impacted the overall plans for the team by as much as 2 months.
Another intriguing element to this film is around the evolution of component design. Revealing that Mclaren Honda are already on their 5th iteration of wheel nut design for the 2016 season, this before the mid point of the season.
Check out the film in full here: