Time zone: GMT +1
How far? Monaco is 641 miles (1,032km) from the McLaren Technology Centre.
Practice for the Monaco Grand Prix starts a day earlier than at other races, which brings forward all travel plans. The trucks drove straight from Barcelona to the Principality after the Spanish Grand Prix on 14 May; the only late arrivals were the two MCL32s, which returned to the MTC after the Spanish Grand Prix. Team members fly from London Heathrow to Nice, where they transfer to the hotel by coach. It’s then possible to walk to and from the pitlane every day.
Biggest travel headache?
“We’re competing on two fronts this weekend” says Clare Martin, Head Race & Test Co-Ordinator. “As well as the Monaco Grand Prix, which is one of the biggest logistical challenges of the year, we have Fernando [Alonso] contesting the Indy 500 in America. Over a six-week period we have 140 room nights booked in Indianapolis and I’m also organising flights and transfers. There’s a lot going on.”
Monaco and Indonesia share the same national flag. Both are red and white; the only difference is that the Indonesian flag is slightly wider.
Stocafi, a dish almost as old as the Principality itself. It’s a fish stew made with salt-cured cod and tomatoes.
When in Rome…
Why not drive a lap of the track when it’s opened up each evening over the race weekend? Otherwise, you could visit Casino Square or the Sainte Devote chapel, or even have a swim in the world-famous pool, situated on the inside of the Swimming Pool chicane.
Monaco gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year. It’s currently 25 degrees and sunny, and we can expect more of the same over the race weekend.