Inside an F1 team on a GP Friday

Inside an F1 team on a GP Friday

It may make for tedious viewing at times but Friday is crucial for Formula 1 teams as they build toward's a grand prix weekend's Sunday showpiece. STUART CODLING experienced life behind the scenes

It's 6.55am and a queue is forming outside the paddock gates as the clock counts down to the end of the FIA-mandated curfew. It's like the opening day of Glastonbury, but with added artificial fabrics: uniformed team crews gather in knots to rush through like water from behind a bursting dam at 7am.

Force India have slotted into the queue behind polesitters Ferrari. Behind them, Red Bull and McLaren cluster in anticipation. But as I join my new team-mates for the day, it's clear there's a problem.

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