Formula 1 arrived at the iconic Autodromo di Monza, on the outskirts of Milan, for round twelve of the Formula 1 championship. Once again, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Twitter channel brought you the very best insights into the world of F1 racing. Here's a few of the best questions from #SocialFriday.
#socialfriday @Jamesb75f1: "Where would you rate Monza on your favourite tracks list?"
TFD: This is not just my favourite circuit but a special track for many in the paddock. The track has so much history, with the crumbling banking of the original circuit in touching distance of the modern track. Every time you go there, you can’t help but feel inspired by its racing heritage. It's also a real challenge for the drivers, as a mix of high speed on the straights and a few tricky chicanes and corners.
#socialFriday @ps_wood: "How much data is produced by the car in an average race weekend?"
TFD: We have sensors all over the car so that we can assess performance and efficiency during practice and spot problems during races. There are several hundred important streams of data which our engineers in the paddock and back at the MTC analyse in real time to highlight areas and changes that could help our performance out on track. In total we usually retain and store about 10gb from each weekend.
#socialfriday @Marreb00i: "Why does the car look red on television when it's orange in real life?"
TFD: Ah, the mysteries of Rocket Red! The origin of Rocket Red dates back to our partnership with Malboro. The red that our car featured in the early stages of the relationship was plain red but appeared much darker on TV. So, after testing types of red, rocket red exploded onto the car and logo!
#socialfriday @gilvarggas: "Which of the possible 3 new venues for 2014 would you prefer? Austria, Russia or Mexico?"
TFD: It's always great to visit new venues as well as revisiting famous tracks that have always been popular. The plans for the Russian track seem great and it looks like it will be a really challenging track that I am sure @JensonButton and @SChecoPerez will love. Mexico will be very special for @SChecoPerez. It is always good to see the incredible reception drivers get at their home grand prix and it's certainly a country with plenty of Formula 1 history. Lots of the team are also excited about Spielberg, it's a beautiful place to go racing and one of the sport’s historic venues.
The Italian Grand Prix, by Darren Heath
#socialfriday @morritt37: "Do you wax or polish the cars before race weekend?"
TFD: Throughout the whole weekend we polish the cars, whether it's before or in between runs so that it looks its absolute best. Formula 1 is quest for perfection in every area, and that extends to keeping the car looking spick-and-span!
#socialfriday @smceneaneyirl: "Do you have team-talks before practice & races?"
TFD: Yes, both drivers and the engineers get together before and after all practice sessions, qualifying and the race to discuss their objectives, analysis and suggestions for further development. They last around half an hour and are conducted in the engineer’s support truck. Once you have seen the drivers in the media pen, they usually then rush off to do this debrief. Afterwards they are then free to relax and grab some food before the next session.