A whopping crowd of 340,000 came through the gates of Silverstone Circuit from Thursday to Sunday. For neutral race fans Round 10 of the World Championship was a fantastic spectacle, with thrills and spills aplenty, including a nail-biting battle for the lead in the closing stages.
For Toro Rosso fans there was less to get excited about, as it proved to be a very difficult and complicated weekend. On Friday, the plan was to evaluate some new aero components as well as run through the usual free practice work. Unfortunately, the day didn't go entirely smoothly as Pierre lost some track time when sidelined with a PU problem. Saturday was dominated by Brendon's very big crash, caused by a suspension failure, which naturally meant keeping Pierre in the garage to extensively check his car before sending him out again. For precautionary reasons, it was decided to change his front suspension in the short time between FP3 and Qualifying. It was a big challenge but our guys made it in time, as Pierre's car was ready before the start of Q1!
The very hot weather made life pretty unpleasant in the garage, but the mechanics and our Honda colleagues got on with the job of rebuilding Brendon's car with a new chassis, so that we could get both cars to start Sunday's race. The New Zealander was due to start from the pit lane, but his race only lasted a lap because of a loose connection on the PU.
What could Pierre do? Well, he managed to move up to the edge of the points places and we all cheered as he showed just what a tough fighter he is, as he lined up Sergio Perez in his sights before muscling past the Force India to secure the point that comes with tenth. Unfortunately, the Stewards decided he'd used a bit too much muscle, and the 5-second penalty they imposed was enough to drop him down to unlucky number 13 on the results sheet.
Even though there were only a couple of days between the end of the Austrian race weekend and the start of the one in England, our drivers had a packed schedule. It's become an annual tradition on the Wednesday before the British GP, to participate to the Wings for Life's "Clay Day," where all the 4 Red Bull drivers can get to try their hand at clay shooting, not something that Pierre and Brendon had tried before. Both of them then took the opportunity to visit Honda F1's UK headquarters, which is located in Milton Keynes. They answered questions from the staff all gathered in the canteen, posed for photos and were then given a guided tour of the facility, where PU maintenance work is carried out, as well as housing the F1 battery facility.
So that's it, the end of the sport's first ever triple-header. Our mechanics and engineers will be able to pause for a breath and maybe even enjoy a weekend at home. But the work goes on, with two more races to go until the official F1 summer break. For the drivers too, there's plenty to do and sessions in the simulator to prepare for Germany are on the agenda next week.