Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
Maybe Alonso, Vettel and the rest have superior bladder control. Or perhaps there's a software package that optimises pre-race toilet habits. Algorithms certainly seem to govern most other aspects of F1 these days, though even the most ardent Luddite would have to admit that technology now plays an invaluable role in maintaining a level playing field.
Zero hour. Race director Charlie Whiting triggers the start sequence from his eyrie above the main straight. The 2012 Brazilian GP erupts into life and spears into Interlagos's tricky Turn One with a 400,000rpm war cry. This climactic race will unfold into an all-time classic - the best they've ever seen, Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda will later note - but it's all there in those first 30 seconds. Especially when you've glimpsed the behind-the-scenes apparatus that keeps it ticking over.