The story behind F1's invisible advantage

The story behind F1's invisible advantage

Sandwell UK specialises in an engineering process few will have heard of, but it's one used by F1 teams up and down the grid. Its founder, Colin McGrory, has worked with Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn, and is keen to highlight the benefits of shot peening

Thriving surface engineering company Sandwell UK was only ever meant to be a fallback option in the event that Jackie Stewart's efforts to launch a grand prix team for 1997 didn't come to fruition.

That's just one of the startling revelations from a frank chat with its founder and technical director Colin McGrory about his career in Formula 1, which spanned more than 20 years before he grew tired of the internal politics at Jaguar and left to focus on his growing business, which today services almost every F1 team on the grid.

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