F1 is the pinnacle of motor car racing, in order to be on the grid you have to be one of the best drivers in the world. So where or who do you turn to in order to improve and shave those vital fractions of your lap time…. Rob Wilson. A name most of us have never heard of but for at least 12 of the current F1 drivers he is essential.
Based out of Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in South Leicestershire Rob helps to train not just F1 but also Indycar, DTM and even WRC drivers, and the car of his choice…. a Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer – along with a GTC and Insignia Sports Tourer.
‘The Vauxhalls will do everything that an F1 car does dynamically, just at a far lower speed.’ ‘This allows me to explain the physics behind what the car is doing out on the track in real time, which I’d never manage in a performance car. The other advantage is that the driver’s engineer can ride along too, and this is crucial since a change in driving technique could result in a different set-up for the race car.’ ‘Stability, handling predictability and durability – these seem to come as standard in every Vauxhall I’ve used,’ said Rob. ‘The cars have an unbelievably hard time out on our track, as drivers try to beat my lap time, so I need to know that they’re not going to break, or do something unexpected when we’re cornering at over 100mph.