Postcard from Monaco
Monaco has a different feel to it on the earlier days of race week: fences are still being erected, truckloads of flowers arrive in abundance. Here are a few of the sites from Monaco Wednesday and Thursday (from top to bottom): Jacky Ickx, Rainer Schlegelmilch and Michael Turner smile for the iPhone; the View From The Top is as dramatic as ever; Max Verstappen looms large on Monaco harbour – just as he does on the circuit; Monaco is now the only F1 race not to be produced by FOM TV. Your world feed is in the hands of Euromedia France. Good to see some young fans supporting genuine McLaren Orange and Genuine Bruce; Not all of the new architecture is tedious; McLaren’s new interior design business (ha ha) is conveniently opposite their merchandise store; Thierry Boutsen’s doing well – his high-end aviation business has moved into smart new offices on the Rue Grimaldi; I liked this painting of Richie Ginther’s shark-nose in one of the gallery windows; no kerbs at the Tabac apex – just guardrail. A nice test; by contrast, these are the kerbs that bite you at the ultra-quick entry to the swimming pool section; it has to be done – a sandwich jambon with Orangina under the grandstand on the outside of Tabac. The water on the road is from one of the most intensive plastic-chair cleaning projects I’ve ever seen…very Monaco…; good to see Giancarlo Fisichella again (here with Pat Behar of the FIA); forget the Chelsea Flower Show – these are for one of the F1 paddock motorhomes; Louis Chiron in amongst the yachts.