X

Virgin Racing's F1 pit tour

We went behind the scenes with the Virgin Racing team at the Melbourne Grand Prix in its unsuccessful attempt to nab some Formula One points.

eb9bd7634bba9eb948x48.jpg
eb9bd7634bba9eb948x48.jpg

Derek Fung

See full bio

virgin-racing-pit-tour_1.jpg
1 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Feel 'em

We went behind the scenes with the Virgin Racing team at the Melbourne Grand Prix in its unsuccessful attempt to nab some Formula One points.

Our guide began our pit tour with the tyre warmers that are used by all Formula One teams as the cars' tyres provide little to no grip when they're cold.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_2.jpg
2 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Are they ready yet?

Each stack of pre-warmed tyres lives on a trolley that makes moving them around easier. They each also have this nifty temperature gauge.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_3.jpg
3 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Spreadsheet manager

Each F1 race car is wired up with sophisticated telemetry that allows all vital diagnostic information, from temperatures to speeds and g-forces, to be sent in a constant stream from race car to pit lane, where engineers, team management and strategists mull over the figures, trends and graphs.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_4.jpg
4 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Check, check

Lucas di Grassi checks a few things on his race car prior to Saturday's qualifying session.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_5.jpg
5 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Supporting role

Teams in pit lane await the beginning of the second race of this weekend's Australian GT Championship event, one of the many support events that's run on Formula One weekend at Melbourne's Albert Park track.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_6.jpg
6 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

On a wing and a prayer

The cars' nose and front wings are detached as the Virgin Racing team perform last minute preparations for qualifying.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_7.jpg
7 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Open for inspection

One member of the pit crew lubes the car, while another inspects the brakes.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_8.jpg
8 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

TV review

When sitting in the stands, most of the action occurs out of sight, hence the need for large screens. High fences are required to keep crash debris from impaling spectators.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_9.jpg
9 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

A brother's view

Our view from the Schumacher stand provided fantastic views of the turn leading into the main straight, as well as the turn off into pit lane.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_10.jpg
10 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Dude fest

No doubt the F1 fan base skews decidedly male, hence the installation of a pole dancing pole in the main bar.

virgin-racing-pit-tour_11.jpg
11 of 11 Joseph Hanlon/CNET Australia

Access denied

Guess we won't be visiting this garage then. Joseph Hanlon attended the Australian Formula One Grand Prix as a guest of Virgin Mobile.

For the record, both Virgin Racing cars had to retire due to mechanical failures.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

93 Photos
2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade is a Bronzeworthy Family Sedan

More Galleries

2023 Toyota Camry Nightshade is a Bronzeworthy Family Sedan

13 Photos
The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

More Galleries

2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

53 Photos
'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

40 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

80 Photos
Rolls-Royce's Second Boat Tail Is Brown and Beautiful

More Galleries

Rolls-Royce's Second Boat Tail Is Brown and Beautiful

62 Photos