The stock car champ who’s Kubica’s lead F1 mechanic

The Formula 1 title was settled long before last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but further down the pitlane there was someone else celebrating a title – Williams’s BriSCA F1 stock car racer mechanic.

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On his first day in Abu Dhabi preparing for the final grand prix of the Formula 1 season, Ben Howard walked down the pitlane to a hero’s welcome.

‘All my friends in other teams called out ‘How are we doing champ?’, ‘Well done mate!’ and they were all shaking my hand,’ says Howard. ‘It was mega.’

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