Formula One: Made in Britain
Ahead of this weekend's GP at Silverstone, take a look at just how British F1 is
Posted: 26 Jun 2013
Also Made in Britain: Brick Kiln Group
If you're a bit weird, you'll know that the underside of the 1987 Benetton-Ford B187 front spoiler was painted black. But you probably don't know that the company responsible for that tiny, singular job back in the Eighties has become Britain's leading F1 paintshop. There's proper artistry to this work - the difference between a well-finished rear wing and a shabby one translates to about two-thousandths of a second per lap. Or first and fourth place. Which probably explains why it takes up to six months on-the-job training on top of an apprenticeship before painters are let loose on real F1 cars. Oh, and each job is only good for one race...