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F1 fans get to try their hand at pit stops
Jul 6, 2011, 9:29 PM

Today we ran the JA on F1 pits stop challenge outside the Hilton in Park Lane, London.

Today we ran the JA on F1 pits stop challenge outside the Hilton in Park Lane, London. The event was laid on by McLaren sponsor Hilton and we had a car for an hour, plus instruction from experienced McLaren mechanics.

It was another example of giving a fans a chance to get up close to the sport and find out what it takes to perform one of the most high pressure jobs in a Grand Prix weekend.

Some of the best drilled pit crews are doing pit stops of all four wheels in under four seconds this season, so how would our 16 JA on F1 readers manage when the heat is on?

Here's a Flip video I shot of the experience. Actually one pair, Stan and Stu, managed to do a complete tyre change in 5 seconds, which is pretty good. They won a pair of tickets to the British GP from Hilton, but were a bit disappointed not to get a job offer from the McLaren team manager.

Here's how they got on (apologies for the wind noise on the Flip camera I was using!)

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