Guy Martin is back in the news.
The former truck mechanic has landed himself one of the most sort after jobs in F1 and will head out to Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix, as pit crew for Williams Martini Racing.
Williams will entertain Guy at their UK base to get him up to speed with the tasks he’ll need to perform during race weekend and he really will have pressure on his shoulders. An F1 race can be won or lost because of the mechanics. Although it’s safe to assume Guy’s role won’t be front and centre.
Heading out with the elite pit crew, Guy will help set up the garage (make tea) then assist the car crew to build the FW40 car (make tea) He’ll take on two 90 minute practice sessions on Friday, a further hour practice on Saturday before the three-stage qualifying and Sunday’s big race. Although the wording from Williams Martini does make us a little suspicious of his involvement in the actual Qualifying and Race sessions.
During the British GP, Williams pulled out the fastest pit stop of the season. Nailing a 2.02 second stop. Which is about as long as it takes Guy Martin to say “Anyone want a brew?”
Looking after Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll, it’s important that Guy gets this weekend right. The experience will be invaluable for his current focus, taking on the challenges of Pikes Peak.
They’ll be no slacking for Martin though, with Williams saying, “after the race a whole new day of work begins. It takes 10 hours to strip the car, take down the garage and pack everything away. Guy will be there until the end”
So if you are watching the Belgium GP this weekend, keep your eyes peeled and tweet us your Guy Martin F1 Spots. Or at least have an extra cuppa in his honour.