Formula 1 drivers follow Lincolnshire man's circuit lines on Grand Prix track
Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel will be closing in on the 2013 Formula One world championship this weekend.
But when he races at the upcoming Grand Prix, he will be hurtling round a track partly built by the hands of Lincolnshire man Shane Cutter.
The 38-year-old, from North Hykeham, painted the lines and markings at the Buddh International Circuit.
And Mr Cutter has also worked on other Grand Prix circuits.
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He has painted lines on the Singapore, Silverstone and Abu Dhabi tracks.
“It is a very satisfying job, knowing that your handiwork is on show to millions of people around the world, but it’s also an extremely specialised task that takes years of experience to get right,” he said.
“You’ve got to know about temperatures, because temperature has a big effect on paint and how it can be applied.
“Everything has to be perfectly symmetrical from the starting grid to the pit lane markings.
“You’ve got to get it spot on in terms of accuracy so as not to compromise the safety or integrity of the sport.
“Most people watching Grand Prix racing probably won’t notice the markings because they are too busy looking at the cars.
“Anyone who thinks my job is simply a case of painting white lines should go on Google Earth and view the Indian Grand Prix circuit.
“Then they’ll soon realise there’s far more to it than that.”