Speed Week: the Brits fly south
Tom Ford leads the British group to France, with a pit stop at Le Mans
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
Mentally, I start to tick off the combatants from the UK, and realise there's one missing. Earlier in the week, none other than Lewis Hamilton handed over the keys of the last of our gang - a Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. The first four-cylinder, four-wheel-drive AMG Benz. It's not even been officially released, and we're nicking one from a former F1 world champion. It appears as if summoned, at the end of the Chunnel queue, purposeful but subtle in white, piloted by a man called Stuart, very little hinting at the 355bhp skulking under the bonnet. We load onto the Chunnel like petrol-powered Smarties being poured into a tube. And we're off.