UPDATE: TopGear does qualifying

When I arrived on Thursday, I fully expected to become Chief Kettle Technician. To avoid this, I decided to make horrible tea so that, after 16 nasty cups, the team would find me something else to do.

It worked. Today was qualifying and like yesterday, I was helping the tyre guys. With moments to go before session one, big blobs of rain fell on the paddock and Heikki’s race engineer called for intermediate tyres.

Jim went off to sort them, leaving me to put the exact amount of air in a set of slicks, accurate to 0.1psi. With a complicated bit of paperwork plus two gauges and a pen in my over-full hands, I pumped air in then carefully let some out until it was spot on.

Then the sun came out. The brainy strategist-types called for my set of slicks and they were hastily air-gunned to the car before Heikki set off. Did I confuse the rear-right with the front one? Was my maths right, or is he out there driving around on a half-flat tyre?

I listened to the team radio, waiting for Heikki to shout something about pressures, and for 50 angry eyes to turn to the new boy from TopGear.

But the shout didn’t come and a few laps later he was back in, my tyres came off and I gave them a big soppy kiss, leaving half my lip on the scolding rubber.

That’s the thing about F1 – every man’s job is as important as the other’s – from the tyre blokes to the hydraulic experts to the lady who makes sure everyone has a bag of crisps.

It’s race day tomorrow and I’ve been given a new and exciting job. Any guesses as to what it is? Will you be watching? If you are, enjoy. Just make sure you pop back here afterwards where I’ll reveal all.

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It would have been great if Dan had to install the engine, and gearbox.
Halfway around the lap, it would have fallen out!

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Dan if theres arrows on the tryes make sure there pointing the right way and dont forget there are left and right handed nuts so dont get it wrong ???? good luck dan have FUN

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Wow are we jealous. Have a great time Dan!!

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Complete cockup again, well done Massa,strip Alonso
of his points and ban Ferrari for two GPs,
and now you know why f1 is a waste of time.
Will the FIA do anything NO.
Being fan!!! for over 65 years.

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Team orders are alive and well and living at Ferrari.
Everybody says how good a driver Alonso is, if this is the case then how come he has to cheat to win.

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every GP that goes by my hatred for Alonso grows, i would have loved massa to have won that he is such a nicer person. Alonso hasnt won a race in ages that he has actually earned.(bahrain he inherited from Vettel as well)

If someone betted on massa to win they will be furious at this race fixing.

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if alonso didnt complain when he was behind they probably wouldnt have told massa to let him by.
But thats Alonso always complaining

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What a stupid farce by Ferrari, they should have learned form the past but they didn’t, the only real racers are the British teams (and I am from the continent). Alonso fits in nice there but you could see from their faces that they ain’t happy with a win like this.

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Eddie Jordan was spot on Ferrari should be ashamed on themselves and their cars should be excluded its cheating and race fixing and AGAINST THE RULES.

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Eddie Jordan for FIA president

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Poor Massa. McLaren and Red Bull Rules!!!

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