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Formation lap // Hamilton flies with the Red Arrows ahead of British Grand Prix

Published by Christine

Hamilton flies with the Red Arrows ahead of British Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton joined the BBC for a unique day out with the Red Arrows, with the Brit leaping in the back of one of the planes for a display, before driving down the runway beneath one of the jets.

To build up to the British Grand Prix, and celebrate the fast, dangerous and highly skilled work that both F1 driver and Red Arrows pilot undertake, both Hamilton and pundit David Coulthard were allowed on board for a full formation display.

Afterwards, Hamilton was astounded at the opportunity, saying: "They actually let me fly the jet on the first flight; the pilot brought me up into position and then gave me the controls. That was intense and it’s surprising how sensitive the controls are and how tough it is to keep in formation.

"To then jump out of the jet and drive our Silver Arrow down the runway at 300 kph with a jet screaming 100ft overhead, hitting close to1000 kph, was beyond cool."