T he racing cars are still hiding. Last week, the teams sent them by air freight to Melbourne, more than 17,000 kilometers away from Europe. They arrived at the weekend and were dragged into the garage before photographers and journalists even got to the paddock. On Wednesday (March 21, 2018) the ten racing teams will deliver their garages with partitions. So that nobody can watch the mechanics screw the cars together. Only McLaren and Sauber don't cover everything with their privacy screens. We see the bare chassis of the C37 and the Halo cockpit protection on the monocoque of the McLaren-Renault MCL33.
Gallery from Wednesday from Melbourne
While the over 900 hp racing cars are still in There are various super sports cars and sports cars a few hundred meters away in Albert Park. From the caliber McLaren 720S and 570S, Lamborghini Huracán Performante and Aventador, Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin DB11 and BMW M5. They are part of a large exhibition right next to the paddock. Around noon, another super sports car with a biturbo V8 heart makes a noise. Two 585 hp Mercedes AMG GT Rs are doing their first test laps on the 5.303 kilometer route. Two Mercedes-AMG C 63 S, branded as Medical Cars, follow the new Formula 1 Safety Car.
Things are much quieter in the paddock. Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene and his McLaren counterpart, Eric Boullier, are among the early birds. Instead of living in magnificent motorhomes as in the European races, the teams live in small tents in the provisionally set up paddock. Behind the team tents it looks like a freight yard. The mechanics clear out hundreds of containers. Mercedes, for example, already sent 23 tons of sea freight on its way to Melbourne in mid-January. In addition, there are 40 tons of air freight, which includes cars. Forklift trucks scurry between the containers. The mechanics don't always use them. Sometimes they just clamp the vehicle parts under their arms and stomp into the garages on foot.
Walking is a good keyword: In the afternoon, the first drivers set out to inspect the course. Among them Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc, Marcus Ericsson and Carlos Sainz.
In our photo show we show you the impressions from Wednesday from Melbourne.