Time zone: BST +1
Spielberg is 729 miles from the McLaren Technology Centre.
The Red Bull Ring has the most remote location of any racetrack on the 2017 Formula One calendar. Getting there takes time. The nearest international airports are at Graz, one hour’s drive away, and Vienna, 2.5 hours away. Like many teams, the majority of the McLaren race team flies to and from the race on a Formula 1 charter flight, from London Luton to Graz.
Biggest travel headache?
The lack of hotels. In the past the team has used guesthouses for accommodation, but this year the team is staying together in Graz, one hour’s drive away from the track. To make the commute easier, each of the team’s minibuses will have a designated driver who is not part of the team.
The old town in Graz is a UNESCO World Heritage site, much like the old town in Baku, where the Azerbaijan Grand Prix took place a couple of weeks ago.
‘Steirisches Wurzelfleisch’, a pork-pot roast that’s a speciality of Styrian chefs. Served with grated apple, horseradish and caraway potatoes, the pork has a distinctive taste which, we’re told, cannot be found anywhere else…
When in Rome…
Why not look at some horsepower of a different kind? The Piber Federal Stud Farm, home to the world-famous Lipizzaner horses, is located in the town of Koflach, which is not far from the track in western Styria.
It’s warm at this time of year. Temperatures have been in the mid-20s this week, but rain is forecast to hit the region at some point over the race weekend.