"Clear the ring" for a really special race event. The
The special feature here is that the drivers‘ paddock is set up in the permanent Chapiteau l‘Espace de Fontvieille big top. In the converted ring, the mechanics work under the circus spotlights on the 460 hp
From there they take an unusual route to the racetrack. Out of the circus tent and past the heliport behind. High-rise apartment blocks edge the road. The drive continues past sea and yachts and over public roads until the Avenue des Guelfes disappears into a tunnel. Strung out like pearls on a string, 28
Strip lights stretch across the rough-hewn stone. Inside the tunnel, the background noise is like being at a hard rock festival in front of the speaker. The race car engines boom and the sound is thrown back from the tunnel walls. “As a racing driver, for me, this sound confirms that you are properly pushing yourself. The feeling is so concentrated that you can sense the tension in every cell of your body,” explains
At every gear change, small flames explode out of the tailpipe. A police escort drives through the convoy beneath the street canyons of Monaco.
The accompanying vehicles, carrying tyres and tools to the pit lanes, are packed full of people and equipment. The
Where the Formula 1 gladiators drove through the pit lane just a short time ago, the