W hen two Grand Prix races within one Week, it gets stressful for the Formula 1 teams. If the so-called 'back-to-back' also takes place within Europe, then it becomes extremely stressful. In contrast to the overseas races, the large motorhomes then have to move from one route to the next within a few days.
1,000 kilometers between assembly and dismantling
Assembly and dismantling of the mobile residential units that tower up to four floors into the sky is a logistical masterpiece. As soon as the checkered flag fell in Hockenheim, the construction workers of the teams got to work. Every move is perfect. At eight European races a year, the hard-working helpers know the structure of the complicated module constructions inside out.
After the team temples at the Motodrom were dismantled, it was off to the Autobahn. A good 1,000 kilometers later, the freight had to be unloaded from the trucks again. The last time before the summer break was the assembly. Stormy rain showers, like on Tuesday evening in Budapest, are of course not helpful in the fight against time.
The first photos from Budapest
But even with optimal conditions it was clear that not everything could be finished on Wednesday. The day before the first press rounds, the construction workers usually have the paddock to themselves. In Budapest, however, we looked over the shoulders of the eager craftsmen. You can see what it looked like on the big construction site in our picture gallery.