After a busy three weeks in China and Bahrain over Easter, the McLaren-Honda crew are headed to Sochi for the fourth race of the season.
Time zone: BST +2
Sochi is 1,940 miles from the McLaren Technology Centre.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Sochi. The team’s pre set-up crew, who need to be in situ 10 days before the race, fly to the circuit via Moscow; the rest of the team uses a direct F1 charter flight, from London Luton to Sochi.
Biggest travel headache?
Paperwork. “If you have a British passport, you need to do two things to travel to Russia,” says Clare Martin, Head Race & Test Co-Ordinator. “You have to get a visa and you have to provide finger-prints. That’s a time-consuming business and we’re helped by members of the Russian Embassy coming here to collect what they need."
Sochi attracts four million tourists a year, but only three per cent are foreign. Many Muscovites head to Sochi – known as the Russian Riviera – in the summer.
Krasnodar tea, which is produced near Sochi. It’s the northern-most tea plantation in the world.
When in Rome…
Why not watch some ice hockey, Russia’s national sport? HC Sochi are based in the Bolshoy Ice Dome, situated adjacent to the racetrack.
Sochi has a similar latitude to Monaco and, as a result, it gets more than 200 days of sunshine a year. The average daily temperature in April is 16.8 degrees.