Champagne and harassment

The streets of Monte Carlo are home to the most prestigious race on the F1 calendar.

Since they race around the streets of the city in 1929, was the Grand Prix of Monaco of one of the most glamorous sporting events of the year.

Within a few days in may, EUR 70 million in the economy of the small Principality are cast as movie stars and models, the rich and famous, herd, the trackside.

It is for the driver to win the race. For all others it is to see the race.

But it's not all fun and games. It is a serious matter for the teams and their riders like the meandering miles from Monte Carlo are more demanding than most.

Last year's winner Mark Webber told me, that it a "nightmare" for the pit crews, just an another former Monaco winner, Jarno Trulli, said: "It is terrible."

I saw for myself the facilities as a burly truck driver were how overloaded and tired mechanics trying to unload their equipment in their small garages.

It did not help that one of the truck Mercedes bad was - been parked a severe offense in a community proudly on his careful Maneuverings, and one in the neighbouring minds frayed garages - but it clearly never enough room for all, without to the toes come to wanted to unload. And it was only Monday.

Loaded with high performance race cars, spare parts and space age tool kits, the team Force India five trucks take (others have more) for each race in Europe. But there is only room for a truck on the Monaco track a point, so that inevitably occur, is when they need something in a hurry and it will be on the other side of the city.

And is always in the city not just not.

On a "tour of the track" with 2004 winners Jarno Trulli was to drive the idea for us after the iconic tunnel, to hear hairpin and harassment and forensic analyses as to you. Jarno was enlightening, but angry was confused in the rush hour traffic to the same extent as we and fought parking. It was not long before he was his horn honking and leaned out the window and wild hands.

A part of Monaco's charm is that I could have any track with a current driver though. Everything is so accessible, and I think that one of the reasons is it so popular with the fans. At one point this week, I found line me waiting for a taxi from the start / goal. I was sitting on the podium.

It's quite amazing how near you the action, before the event both can access during the race. If you mind the mixture of exhaust gases and foie gras, you can just metres from the line at the Paris Hotel food. It is 1350 euro costs you only for the privilege.

This is a microcosm of the energy and eccentricity, which makes Monaco so captivating and unforgettable. Let's just hope that does justice to the race of the 2011 billing!


Champagne and harassment