On the road: Jerez Formula 1 testing

On the road: Jerez Formula 1 testing

Great excitement and anticipation surround the start of Formula 1 testing, when teams, drivers and fans alike finally witness the fruits of months of secretive endeavour. Sam Tremayne was among the team headed to Jerez to report on the moment the 2012 season kicked off…

The first sequence of our trip to Jerez read much like the flight scene in Snatch: drive, airport, flight, drive, hotel, breathe. The pace didn't slacken significantly over the next few days, but there was little complaint. Testing was underway; Formula 1 was back on track.

It was hard to know what to expect, both on the circuit and off. F1 can be a notoriously closed and exclusive world, especially in the realm of the fan in which I have most of my experience. During testing – and away from the strain of a race weekend – it was surprisingly accessible.

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