• Jun 21, 2010
Hamilton and Button try their hand at mechanics – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Grand Prix racing sure has come a long way since the old days of driving your car to the track, lining up on the grid and fixing problems yourself track-side. Just how far? Well, the two reigning world champions had to find out the hard way.

In a promotional video for McLaren's title sponsor Vodafone, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were left to hand-assemble their own F1 car, without any help. Shameless marketing ploy? Sure, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a watch, so check it out in the video after the jump, where you'll clearly see a better team dynamic than Lewis enjoyed with Fernando Alonso back in the day.

[Source: YouTube via PistonHeads]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty cool. I guess its the British camaraderie as well, that helps... It's almost entirely a British Team. Awesome commercial. Lulz: "..december calendar picture".

      At Elmo( and others related), start learning about the world...it would do you good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm... maybe Jensen Lewis, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, should give F1 racing a try...
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol! that was a good laugh! i enjoyed the parts where they were goofing around with the tires!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how to they take a tea break half way through!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say what you will about him, but I'd bet Shumi would have no problem assembling his car. I rooted against him for years but concede that his relationship with engineers and mechanics was legendary. He knows his car with the meticulous detail of.... well a German...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a team boss, I would make this mandatory. Drivers should know every component of the car they are driving.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a year on the same team together and they have this type of chemistry already. That is just awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On camera vs off camera are two different things. Look at Vettel and Webber. They get on "JUST FINE" on camera. Off camera. On track. They are extremely competitive and don't always think about the other person. They're both competing for a championship and trying to run their respective teammate off of the road.

        See:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHDTefmirJo
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdQzeKYbiO0

        Vettel may be the sharper driver. MAYBE. But, he hasn't shown it this year. He's been outclassed by the older "weaker driver," who has taken him to task.

        If Vettel was better, he'd have qualified P1 more often.
        He would have finished more races.
        Vettel doesn't take care of his car like Webber.


        What's this got to do with Hamilton / Button? Button was belittled by Hamilton earlier this year for winning because he made the easy decisions. It's as though Hamilton wanted to cheapen Button's wins at Australia and Malaysia.

        Don't confuse a paycheck with camaraderie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As fun as that is to watch... where's the video of the mechanics throwing down laps in one of them? :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, but hey, I don't see Lewis driving a F1 put together by himself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It amazes me how many people don't have any mechanical aptitude at all. It's no harder to assemble one of these cars than it is to build a LEGO set. Mechanical things are easy, let's see them troubleshoot something!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your definition of troubleshooting and mine are totally different then. Telling someone that something isn't working 'when I do this' or 'in this corner at this speed' isn't troubleshooting at all. That's reporting an event, not trying to figure out what's causing it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are clearly building an older car they don't want to give away any f-duct clues keep em' guessing : )
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's an 08 car...look at the front wing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a 2010 car. You can clearly see the f-ducts through the whole video.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, that's the Driver's Championship-winning 2008 ride. Grooved tires, higher & narrower front wing, wider rear wing, no F-duct, etc.

        Fun to see the lightness of F1 and McLaren. Those two genuinely get along off track too, which is refreshing. I like the "This Is Sportscenter" vibe. I wish there was more of this...

        Can you imagine the Red Bull guys trying to do that after what happened at Turkey? No...f-ducting....way!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like it or not, McLaren is hands on the best looking car on the grid IMO
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will +1 good sir.

        great video , always like the videos mclaren/vodafone put out. Definately more thought out than typical ads we get in the states built for people with short attention spans.

      mitchell
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Vodafone have iphones? Cause Jensen clearly calls another team member with one, and the team member picks up with one. Thought it was quite odd considering AT&T have exclusive rights to it, or is that only in America? If not I guess Voldafone McLaren doesn't trust Voldafone's network to make a call within the Technology Center!

      Jailbreak anyone?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Why was he voted down?

        Perhaps because he sounds like one of these guys who thinks the world rotates around America? Living here is no alibi for ignorance, or is it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Uh... yeah they do. AT&T is US only. Around the world there's a ton of other carriers that provide the phone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Elmo, living in one country is no excuse not to know what goes on around the world. We live in a worldwide economy these days, and stuff that happens abroad has a lot of consequences on what happens in the US. From political changes in other countries, to business deals and everything in between.

        So perhaps knowing who carries the iPhone abroad isn't necessarily a very important thing to know, but not caring about the rest of the world is certainly a mark of ignorance.

        And for what it's worth, Apple is an american company bringing dollars into the US by selling iPhones abroad, so there's a good reason to care about it, particularly if you own stock in Apple.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        A lot of countries don't even have exclusive iPhone deals at all any more... three major Canadian carriers all have the iPhone (Rogers/Fido, Telus, and Bell/Virgin).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Diesel, you're a moron.

        If we live in 1 country, how the hell are we supposed to know what happens in other countries? We don't have Vodafone here. Nor do we have the same laws, taxes, and government as anybody outside of the US does.

        DO NOT make this political by being an anti-American moron.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        Why is this guy getting voted down? All he did was ask a question. It's like you guys expected him to know the answer despite him living in The States.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @mitchell
        AT&T is exclusive in the US only. Vodaphone and a few other in England offer iPhones.
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