Boxing legend, SportPesa ambassador and now honorary Racing Point crew member - Tony Bellew is ready to rumble at Silverstone!
Tony, tell us what you're doing at the British Grand Prix?
I'm here, first and foremost, as a fan. Secondly, I'm the global ambassador for SportPesa, and I'm here to get up close and personal with the SportPesa Racing Point team, to see how things are going.
The team is taking things to a whole new level. I've never seen anything quite like it.
Is this your first Grand Prix?
I was in Monaco last month, and that was unbelievable, fantastic.
Monaco provided me with a whole different outlook on Formula 1. There I watched things on a yacht, so I wasn't watching up close.
Here, I've been in the garage for Qualifying, seeing the cars up close, watching the drivers climb in, listening to what they are saying, the information coming back. It was eye-opening.
So very different from boxing?
Oh, it's completely different - but it's as close as you can get, in all sports, to something that's as dangerous because in this sport, as much as boxing, you are dealing in hundredths of a second. One wrong calculation in that hundredth of a second and you are finished, and the same can happen in a boxing ring.
Of course, they are polar opposites in what you are trying to achieve - but the danger aspect of both of the sports are very, very similar. Death is around the corner - quite literally!
At the same time, in boxing, you are all on your own. When the bell goes, you've no-one else to rely on. Simply, it's you and your opponent.
What's amazing for me is the amount of information these drivers are taking on board, and the dialogue they give back. They are basically dealing with an Apple Mac while driving at 200 miles per hour!
It's a very complex piece of machinery, that steering wheel, so I have a new-found respect for Formula 1 drivers and the sport as a whole.
I'm not going to lie. I didn't know much about Formula 1 until SportPesa got me over to have a look at things.
But seeing these drivers, as I say, I have this new respect for them now - seeing how hard they train, physically, mentally. They are unbelievable athletes.
People just think a racing car driver is good at driving a car - but it is so much more complex than that, and fair play to them.
You said you were a Formula 1 fan. Was that before these two races you visited, or does it go beyond that?
Show me a man that doesn't have an interest in fast cars!
Every young man loves a fast car and there is nothing better than watching a fast car being driven by someone who knows what they are doing, so it doesn't get any better than what we are seeing here. It's like watching Scalextric but in real life.
I've always been a fan from afar. As a kid growing up there was Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, and obviously now Lewis Hamilton.
When you see someone like him on his home turf, it's surreal.
I've also met Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez, and talking with them, it opens your eyes as to what they do and how complex it is.
What do you make of Silverstone?
It's my first visit to the track, I've come in and had a good look at it, and it's amazing.
I understand a little more when people say that each car can suit a particular track.
At Monaco, I was told there wouldn't be much overtaking, but here there will be because there are more opportunities.
From a selfish point of view, I'm hoping for rain tomorrow. I want it to be evened out.
As great as this sport is, let's be totally honest, they're not on an even playing field. You've one team superior and ahead of the others.
Success breeds success and Mercedes have had so much success, it's going to continue. But when you see some rain, and it evens the playing field, let's see who is the better driver, and that's what we'll see tomorrow.
Hopefully we'll see SportPesa Racing Point get off to a good start, and then with some rain, it brings a bit of havoc. That's what we'd like.
Will you be watching the Grand Prix?
Of course, yes. I'll be attending as many of the events as I can do this year, and that's thanks to SportPesa Racing Point.
Have you seen the hashtag on the car - #SpGridThatGives?
I have. At the start of the year, we agreed at the end of the season we would give £50,000 to Breast Cancer Care.
From now on, for every place a driver climbs in the race from the starting grid, we're going to donate an extra £1000 to an unbelievable foundation, all thanks to SportPesa.
It's an organisation that wants to give back, to go into a community. SportPesa recently went into my home city of Liverpool, my local boxing gym, and donated thousands of pounds to improve the facilities.
I've just come back from Kenya with them. We went into a gym that had a boxing ring that was older than my grandmother and one punchbag. I could have headbutted it and it would have fallen off the ceiling.
This gym, with that equipment in it, has produced a super bantamweight female world champion in Fatuma Zarika. They went into this gym and kitted it out with all new equipment. It brought tears to people's eyes, and it led to dozens upon dozens of people wanting to be in this gym.
What SportPesa are also doing is providing clean water for communities. I got my eyes opened when I visited Kenya at the start of the year. It gave me a different outlook on life.
Yes, SportPesa is a betting company - but the most important thing for me is how much they want to give back to communities, to normal, genuine people. They really want to help people.
This is going unheard. No-one knows and sees the amount of work these guys are putting in.