F1 hospitality

Alright, so I admit I’ve been a little obsessed with Formula 1 lately. But with so many rumors flying around about teams withdrawing and teams joining, driver changes, car changes, tech changes, rule changes, it’s all a little hectic to try to wrap your head around and keep up. I was just scouring some forums when I came across a picture of an F1 motor home.

Now, it’s already well-known that every team has tons of trucks to carry all that equipment from race to race and I’ve seen some pretty nice motor homes at other races also. But F1 teams, being participants in the most elite form of motorsports, can’t settle for just any motor home. The typical F1 racing paddock consists of two full-sized motorhomes on the sides and verandas built out to form a sort of pavilion in the middle. Usually, offices for drivers and staff are in the trailers themselves and the middle portion is for dining and media interviews. The trucks have to arrive well in advance of the rest of the team to set up, which takes a good two days or so. Anyways, on to the mobile homes!

Team Force India.

Team Force India. This new team supposedly has the largest motorhome. I can believe that.

McLaren Mercedes. Always trying to show up everyone.

McLaren Mercedes. Always trying to show up everyone.

Honda F1. Typical setup, but with 2 floors in the middle.

Honda F1. Typical setup, but with 2 floors in the middle.

Red Bull / Torro Rosso. Because this serves 2 teams, this mobile home has the most surface area of all the others. Also, it has the same design as other stations in other sports that Red Bull is active in.

Red Bull / Torro Rosso. Because this serves 2 teams, this mobile home has the most surface area of all the others. Also, it has the same design as other stations in other sports that Red Bull is active in.

Williams F1. Traditional, modest setup.

Williams F1. Traditional, modest setup with 2 floor mobile homes on the sides and a single floor dining area in the middle.

Renault F1. Although they're two time world champions, their motorhome is rather modest.

Renault F1. Although they're two time world champions, their motorhome is rather modest.

BMW Sauber. Their entire area is covered with an original canvas design that makes it looks very artsy.

BMW Sauber. Their entire area is covered with an original canvas design that makes it looks very artsy.

Ferrari F1. This was introduced at the beginning of the 2007 season to show up McLaren Mercedes, but MM brought in a bigger and more tech-advanced one a few races later.

Ferrari F1. This was introduced at the beginning of the 2007 season to show up McLaren Mercedes, but MM brought in a bigger and more tech-advanced one a few races later. The upper floor is reserved for sponsors, clients and guests of Scuderia Ferrari.

Toyota. As one of the richer teams, Toyota's motorhome remains very modest. It doesn't even seem like the verandas coming out of the sides of the motorhomes are connected in the middle.

Toyota. As one of the richer teams, Toyota's motorhome remains very modest. It doesn't even seem like the verandas coming out of the sides of the motorhomes are connected in the middle.

Spyker. A paltry imitation of McLaren Mercedes Brand Centre.

Spyker. A paltry imitation of McLaren Mercedes Brand Centre.

Super Aguri. You can clearly see why they withdrew from F1.

Super Aguri. You can clearly see why they withdrew from F1.

In the wealthier teams’ temporary homes, you’ll have luxuries such as air con, heating, sound-insulation, the latest communication centers, conference rooms, media rooms, private drivers’ rooms with showers and TVs, top-rated catering services, among many others. This is just one of the many aspects of Formula 1 that caught my eye and makes me love it that much more. How great would it be to be a driver? Or even better, an owner/sponsor?!? Travel the world to new, exotic locations every year for a few months, get to race/watch racing, rest in the best mobile homes evar, and make history as part of the most expensive, most elite sport in the world. Ahhh, a guy can dream.

pics and info via [about.com] and [motorsports.com]
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One comment

  1. rikardo chacal macieira · May 30, 2011

    magnific

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