MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton flew with the RAF Red Arrows from its base in RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, in the build-up to the British Grand Prix.
On the eve of his home race, the 2008 Silverstone winner joined BBC’S David Coulthard and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team to film a feature for the BBC’s British GP coverage.
Hamilton and Coulthard had their first experience of the Hawk T1 jets in a three-ship formation, experiencing forces of up to 4.5G. Hamilton then took his own Silver Arrow, the MGP W02 demo car, for a spin along the runway whilst Red 10 and Coulthard flew overhead reaching speeds of 300 km/h and 520 knots.
Engineers and mechanics from the Mercedes factories in Brackley and Brixworth joined Hamilton to see how the RAF operates behind the scenes and how much the Red Arrows rely on the expertise and precision of their engineers and support staff.
“We had an amazing day with the RAF Red Arrows last week and I absolutely loved the experience of flying with their team. To see first-hand how skilled the pilots are, and the similarities to the level of team work and precision that we need to get the best out of a Formula One car, was fascinating,” said Hamilton.
“The loops and rolls in the jet are such an intense experience and I’ve got so much admiration for those guys and their unbelievable flying skills. A big thank you to everyone at RAF Scampton for such an incredible experience, for allowing us to go behind the scenes of their practice display, and for making us feel so welcome.”
The Red Arrows are acknowledged as one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams and act as ambassadors of Great Britain. 2013 will be the 49th display season for the Red Arrows in which they will continue to captivate millions of people both in the UK and around the world with a series of displays and flypasts at a wide variety of events.