“Don’t fall over, don’t break anything and don’t get in the way.”
This is the inner monologue running through my head as Renault’s ‘Tyre Man’ Rob Sprules explains the ins and outs of the team’s setup at Silverstone. Development driver Sergey Sirotkin is out on circuit working his way through an intense programme which will provide vital information for the rest of the season, and they can’t afford any delays.
They’ve been lucky already because Silverstone has extended its customary 5pm noise restriction deadline by one hour to give the teams more running time, and it looks like the forecast rain is going to hold off. The last thing they need is some bloke from Top Gear causing unnecessary mischief.
So to keep me out of trouble, they’ve set me a task: fetch a set of tyres from the paddock and have them ready for when the car next enters the pits. Simple, right?