The brand new August Rickshaw Run is even blummin' longer. We've given the teams an extra few days to properly immerse themselves ball deep in everything India has to offer. Which may or may not include a lot of rain.
Knowing that they face two weeks of damp uncertainty in a vehicle not known for its protection from the elements the teams are surprisingly chipper. And a touch nervous.
We interviewed a few of the teams to find out what they were most worried about:
Test driving is a good opportunity to add last minute decorations to your rickshaw, speak to our crack team of mechanics and of course practice driving. What most teams end up doing though is buying pointless crap to take with them. There's nothing like retail therapy to hide panic is there?
To celebrate the first ever August Run we kidnapped a genuine Formula 1 pit lane mechanic to help tune our fleet of rust-mobiles. Any Runners expecting their rickshaws to perform like a McLaren were apparently somewhat disappointed, but the whole fleet did at least start off in a presentable condition. At least until the crashes started. The most notable was Stuart from Ghost Busters who rolled his rick impaling his foot.
While Suart was receiving treatment and sympathy our F1 Mechanic Rick set the teams to some pit stop training.