Formula 1 arrived in Canada for round seven, with resident Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Tweeter 'The Fifth Driver' bringing you the very best insights into the world of grand prix racing.
The Fifth Driver invited questions from fans for #SocialFriday through McLaren's official Twitter page @McLarenF1. Here's a few of the best answered in full.
@SaifAlSarraj: "How hard is it to deal with jet-lag every two weeks?"
TFD: Nowadays Formula 1 is a global sport that requires a lot of travelling, so the team's pretty used to it. Obviously though we're all still human beings and sometimes jet-lag kicks in. Therefore the team usually arrives well in advance of grands prix so as to acclimatise to their surroundings and wear off any jet-lag. Everyone deals with it in their own way – we get lots of practice!
@jackiefreeman67: "Are you looking forward to your home race?"
TFD: Without doubt! We always receive such special support from our home fans that it is one we look forward to every season. #RocketRed is always out in force and that gives the drivers and team such a boost. Silverstone is such a great track: the middle section of the lap - Copse, Becketts and Stowe - is one of the most revered stretches of racetrack anywhere in the world. We can’t wait to get there!
@WesleyVosloo: "How often do the engineer and driver talk in a FP compared to race?"
TFD: During free practice sessions the driver and his race engineer are in regular contact, given that this is the time when the drivers are relating feedback on set-up, tyres, new parts and the condition of the track. This is one of the most important periods of the weekend and will have a big impact on strategy. During the race, teams keep radio talk to a minimum. Talk is limited to crucial information that aids the driver with the decisions he has to make out on track.
@james_campbell7: "What do the drivers do in between sessions?"
TFD: Normally the drivers will take the time between sessions to eat, talk to their engineers and have a chat with their family and friends. When they are out of the car they tend to switch off because of the levels of concentration needed in the cockpit. They do try and stay on their feet as much as possible to try and stretch their muscles.
@Steff_Cardiff: "Do drivers catch up with designers on the design of the car between races?"
TFD: There's regular dialogue between the drivers and designers back at the McLaren Technology Centre. They're often at the MTC practising in the simulator and talking with designers and engineers about the car. The drivers’ feedback is instrumental in the areas the designers focus on.