Exclusive: TG joins Lotus pit crew in Hockenheim

Over the next few days TopGear will be getting closer to F1 than ever before. The guys at Lotus have rather bravely agreed to let staffer Dan Read (that’s me) join the team for the German GP as a sort of guest mechanic.

Unfortunately, they’ve no idea it once took me two days to change a spark plug, and that oil gives me a pink and blobby rash.

Over the first half of this season, we’ve followed the team around the world, sneaking up from behind oil cans and taking behind-the-scenes pics from life on the road with Lotus. We helped make a bit of the car back on the first day of construction and since then we’ve felt like it’s partly ours, even if our bit was a tiny – but probably vital – piece of carbon fibre.

So it seems right that we should chip in again by lending the team a hand in Germany. Even if it’s a slightly useless hand. But I’ve promised not to screw up and, if I don’t confuse my spanners with my nuts, I might even get to help with a real live racing pit stop. Maybe.

In the meantime I’ll be scrubbing wheels, making tea, sweeping the floor, making tea, helping the composite guys with the bodywork and making tea.

I’ll be sending back live reports from the circuit over the weekend, taking more of those sneaky pics and nosing around the paddock to see what else I can find.

Check back tomorrow to see how I got on in pit stop practice. Let me know if you’ve got any questions for the team. Oh, and wish me luck…

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I hope you enjoy the tea making. I believe Lotus provide the team with a Malaysian Chef. In Malaysia they are partial to Tea tarik, pulled tea. It has a technique all it’s own.
Enjoy the tea making experience. I look forward to your article.

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thats still not nearly enough tea though, make more tea!

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Should make a feature to be shown on Sunday for the next series at the end of the F1 season to highlight how well their F1 car did.

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That is so cool!! Have a blast!

In Montreal the Lotus people were the most accommodating team when the paddock was open to the public.

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Ask them if they need an extra hand in Hungary, I’ll just be hanging around not really doing much anyway.

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oh dear hey are going to have a rally big problem on their hands!!!!! But the bets of luck to you and enoy your time working with them a it is a once in a life time oppertunity!!!!!!!11

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Make sure to sneak a “Dunsfoldring” sticker onto the engine cover so the cameras can see it.

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Good luck Dan ,just don’t be the one standing with the “stop board ” when the car comes into the pit as the driver might not like your tea !!

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Questions for the team: With a limited budget, what are the items they are focusing on; what are they doing to make those little improvements to get them further up the grid? What new developments have the team brought with them?

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Good luck Guys – I will be rooting for you in Sunday’s race at Hockenhiem!

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TEST THIS F1 CAR AT THE TOP GEAR TRACK

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