Where on the job description did it say the words “all-nighter”? Then again, this is Formula One and back-to-back races on different continents require all hands on deck nearly all of the time.
The teams had 48 hours to pack up in Melbourne, fly roughly 40 tonnes of equipment and 80 personnel to Kuala Lumpur, and then set up again at Sepang. That done, it was time to prepare the race-cars ahead of today’s first practice sessions.
This being F1, the logistics worked seamlessly. The freight left Melbourne’s Albert Park at 2am on Monday and it was delivered to the Sepang pitlane at 9am on Tuesday. As a result, team personnel could make the 6,500km journey on Monday, ready to receive their equipment on Tuesday morning.
The majority of the drivers had a more leisurely journey to Malaysia. Jenson Button ruhte sich einige Tage in Melbourne aus und Mark Webber besuchte zum Beispiel Noosa in Queensland. Only the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers had to get their skates on because they were required to report for duty with Petronas, their team’s title sponsor, on Tuesday.
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg did several interesting media calls for Petronas – and don’t forget to come back to puma.com/motorsport to see if Eric, our intrepid uber-fan, joined them! Allerdings war ein Foto von Schumi neben einem Tyrannosaurus Rex, das die örtlichen Medien in Aufregung versetzte. Will Michael eat the opposition alive this weekend?
After his PR commitments, Michael relaxed with a stroll through KL’s China town. He might have made a bit of money en route to winning seven world titles and 91 races, but Michael clearly still loves a bargain!
While Michael was walking the streets, some of his rivals had an audience with the King of Malaysia at the Grand Prix Ball. Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Heikki Kobalainen, Pastor Maldonado and Timo GLock met (deep breath) Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku AL-Mutassimu Billahi Muhibbudin Sultan Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah. Luckily, none was required to address him by name; all that was required was a little bow of the head and the greeting ‘tuanku’.
There’s loads going on here at Sepang. Don’t forget to tune in here again tomorrow for another update.