What happens when you set Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton loose with three Sky Sports journalists, three super fans and a whole lot of ink?
Last year, Lewis Hamilton was inked by Epson to celebrate the launch of the new EcoTank. As this cartridge-free printer is renowned for the vast quantity of ink that comes included with it, the team at Epson naturally thought it was necessary to demonstrate this by covering the star in copious amounts of ink. See how over 400 litres of blue, pink and yellow ink covered Lewis Hamilton here in the original film.
This year Lewis has turned the tables and is the one doling out the ink. After years of answering every question imaginable from the media, Lewis put Sky Sports journalists, presenters and reporters through their paces, testing them on their Formula One knowledge in the Ink Tank Challenge. Which journalist will manage to answer the most questions and avoid being inked? View the Sky film here.
Three lucky super fans also got the chance to meet their F1 hero and compete in a head-to-head challenge to determine who was the ultimate fan. See how you stack up against the super fans.
When the pressure’s on, could these F1 industry experts deliver their knowledge when grilled by Lewis Hamilton? Find out more about them by clicking on their photos below.
British television presenter, Natalie Pinkham, is a F1 pit lane reporter for Sky Sports F1 and previously held the same position at BBC Radio 5 Live. She is also known for hosting Police Interceptors Special Edition on Channel 5. She appeared on Live from Studio Five as a guest presenter, and is a regular panelist on The Wright Stuff.
Lifelong F1 fan and Sky Sports F1 presenter, Rachel Brookes, began her career by winning a search for a DJ competition on KISS in London. In addition to television and radio work, Rachel has presented numerous high profile events and award ceremonies.
Throughout his working life, David Croft has been a sports commentator. The popular and critical acclaim David received during his five-year stint as Radio Five Live's F1 commentator made him the obvious choice for the role of lead commentator on Sky Sports F1.
What makes a super fan? Is it how many races they’ve watched? How many times they’ve met their favourite driver? Or how much trivia they can retain? Find out more about the super fans that took part in the challenge by clicking on their photos below.
I’m a community manager. It's an incredibly cool job to have - I’m responsible for taking care of the social media channels for a number of video games and a studio.
My major holidays always involve a trip to an F1 track to support Lewis and Mercedes - I haven't been on a holiday without F1 in sight for nearly eight years now.
I want to say Brazil 2008, but I'm going to say Abu Dhabi 2014. I watched the race with a group of fans at Mercedes-Benz World and the atmosphere was electric. To watch Lewis finally clinch that second title - it was just unreal.
The shower after getting covered in ink - just kidding. Despite being terrible (at answering the questions), the whole experience was great.
Amazing! Lewis is incredibly approachable, friendly and so unbelievably easy to talk to. It was great to actually chat to him; that's quite difficult during a Grand Prix weekend.
I’m an IT technical analyst providing application support to businesses around the world.
I've been lucky enough to witness all five of Lewis's British Grand Prix wins trackside at Silverstone. I show my support by waving the Union Jack flag as he drives past and cheering him on. After watching the races, I've managed to get very, very close to the podium on several occasions, and of course, snap an obligatory podium selfie.
It's got to be the Brazilian Grand Prix 2008. You can't get much better than watching your hero win his first World Championship in such a dramatic way. I still get goosebumps watching back those final couple of laps.
Silverstone 2008 - I've re-watched that race so many times that I've lost count. It was one of the first F1 races I'd ever attended and it really got me into watching F1. I'll never forget standing in the pouring rain watching Lewis win the British Grand Prix for the first time. It was a pure masterclass. Lap after lap, the atmosphere from the British crowd was something you just can't re-create.
It was a was a real eye opener seeing the work that goes on behind the scenes and realising how many people work on a set. It was a very surreal and exciting experience answering questions about Lewis Hamilton with him actually stood in front of me.
It's always an incredible experience meeting Lewis; he spends so much time with the fans taking selfies and signing autographs. He always goes above and beyond to make his fans smile.
Meeting Lewis this time after the shoot was extra special because there was so much more time to chat and talk. The day as a whole will be unforgettable - even if Lewis did cover me in ink.
I’m a recruitment administrator. I place people into work dealing with car parts.
Lewis has been my hero since I was nine years old. I have a 44 tattoo on my wrist, but my mum and nan made me promise that it will be my only tattoo.
It’s so hard to pick, but Lewis winning the 2014 Championship. He had such a dominant season and it was his first title with Mercedes. I still love re-watching the in-lap when he was cheering on the radio, doing the donuts, and of course flying the British flag. It was so special.
Australia 2007 was the first race I watched and I remember it so clearly. I'd heard about Lewis on the news. I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about, so my nine year old self gave it a watch and I haven't looked back ever since. That’s 199 races and counting (as of Hungary 2017).
All of it! It was fun seeing behind the scenes and even being covered in ink. It was a little bit surreal being quizzed about Lewis when he was stood in front of me.
It’s such a lovely experience every time. Lewis is always so kind and genuine. He takes time to have a proper conversation, which is so surreal considering he's been my absolute hero for over half of my life.
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