The Dubs visit the McLaren Centre
On 13th May, Vodafone took the Dubs on a trip to the home of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team, the World Famous McLaren Centre in Reading England, to understand how one of the most successful teams in F1 prepare for the season ahead.
The difference in sporting disciplines is the most obvious difference between the teams, but perhaps the most significant factor is the professional and amateur status of the two teams. The McLaren Mercedes team is a multi-million euro business that employs the best of the best to help give their team the edge over their rivals. Vodafone wanted to give the Dublin Football and Hurling teams the opportunity to sample this professional approach to sport to help give them a renewed insight into their own approach to their own sport..
The Dublin teams received intense behind closed doors training from the experts at McLaren Mercedes on all that is needed for world class sports teams to remain at the top. This encompassed everything from how to get into the correct mind-set, staying in peak physical condition to having fun with your team-mates and boosting morale.
Since the global partnership between Vodafone and McLaren Mercedes began in 2007 their success has been phenomenal with 21 wins and 55 podium finishes from 68 Grand Prix. This is an amazing success that the Dublin GAA stars are striving to replicate.
It was an inspirational day for our boys in blue and one that we hope will continue to inspire throughout the championships.
For an in depth look at what happened at the McLaren technology centre check out our video galleries.
Brian gives us a quick interview about what he has learned from the day and the teams build up to the Championship.
"Mossy" gives us a few words on the way to the McLaren Centre on how he hopes the visit will help the team, with some reaction on the league campaign and his thoughts on the Championship.
Rory O Carroll
Rory on arrival at the McLaren Centre on what he hopes to get from the day as well as the biggest lessons the 'Dubs' have had to learn recently.
Jonathan Neale, the Managing Director on the McLaren team, gives us an insight into the day to day at McLaren and the value of Vodafone's sponsorship to the team.
Clayton Greene explains his role in McLaren's 'Human High Performance Team" and gives us an insight on the physical demands put on the drivers by the intense Formula 1 season.