November 3, 2016

pit stop

I feel a bit like this. I'm at the race (work), I get on the train, run through the house for things I might need, rush to the hospital to see what's going on with my mom, rush home to get some rest, start over in the morning.
Today I'm going to forgo the work part.

Racing Ferraris is, of course, much more glamorous. And it's the pit stop that most intrigues me.



Choreographing the whole ballet is the chief mechanic, or the lollipop man, who holds up a sign shaped like a lollipop at the front of the car, signaling the driver when to stop and when to go. [Jordan Grand Prix Test Team lead Dave] O’Neill said that is the hardest job.
“You’ve got to look within six seconds to make sure that 24 people have finished doing what they’re meant to do and then be looking up the pit lane to make sure no cars are coming down before you release the car and let it go,” O’Neill said.
The practice sessions are more strenuous and tiring than the race, although during practice the refuelers are not obliged to wear the visored helmets and fireproof suits that can be so unpleasant when the weather is hot.



courtesy of The Kid Should See This 

3 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

THAT is teamwork. I never knew how coordinated it was to do the pit stop work.
Will pray for your peace and your mom. Just reading blogs for the first time in a while, going in reverse so I will read back to learn more.

Anonymous said...

Love it.

jbhat

Paola said...

Aren't they grand?