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What Do Teams Do On The Grid?

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30 Minutes before the race start, the pitlane opens and the drivers carry out an installation lap to put their car in their grid box in preparation for the race start. 

The mechanics use grid trolleys to get the garage to the grid. Each mechanic has the same role as in the garage, and they are in charge of keeping the engine and brakes at the correct temperature using fans for the first two and blankets for the tires. The cars are plugged into computers to monitor the multitude of sensors and check the car’s settings. 

Following the anthem, the driver gets in the car the tires are fitted, and all the equipment begins to be withdrawn from the car. The car is fired up, the tire covers are removed and the mechanics head to the side of the track to let the cars out for their formation lap. During this lap, the teams and all their equipment relocate back to their pit garages.

Most of the crew in the grid formation are involved in the pit stops, so they need to be ready if there is an incident during the first laps.

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