There was off-track interest ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest as a result of the Mercedes AMG Petronas 'team-building' exercise that involved a dozen or so of the team’s engineers who went for a 40-mile cycle ride and managed to have a high-speed pile-up as they hurtled along beside the Danube near Vienna.
The result of this was that seven of them ended up in hospital with a variety of injuries including broken ribs, dislocated shoulders and, in one case, a nasty gash after the gentleman in question avoided the crash and then toppled over, forgetting that he had toe-clamps and head-butted a tree. The worst injuries were reserved for team boss Toto Wolff, who broke a wrist, elbow, shoulder and collar bone.
The incident was caused when the team’s MD Paddy Lowe lost control of his bike in front of the peleton. In the end, however, it proved to be a great exercise in team creation as colleagues under fire bond together best.
Fortunately the team's race drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, were not there, as Wolff admitted that making a phone call to Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche telling him that his stars were out of action as the result of a team-building exercise might have been rather difficult, particularly as the team does not have a test and reserve driver these days.