Nagae and I bumped into Jenson Button at the hotel lobby when we came back after lunch.
The heat was punishing so we decided to hang out by the pool and while we were swimming under the water, we could hear the cars getting ready for the qualifying. We had to get ready really early as we were headed for the garage and pit tour.
Although it was a slow walk to the Paddock’s, we were hot and sweaty by the time we go suite. We didn’t even go into the suite and were whisked away to the garage tour.
During the garage tour briefing, the guide highlighted that the McLaren crew works on European time (because it’s a night race) and Conrad has supported them by extending the meal times to accommodate them (they get off at 3am when everyone is either asleep or partying the night away). Ample rest and good food is paramount to optimum performance for an intense sport like the Formula One.
It was impossible to hear anything except the revving sound of the car and somehow it appears to be music to the car enthusiastics. In my opinion it is the engines’ way of communicating with the engineers (this way they will know if the car can perform and last throughout the race).