Monaco Grand Prix "Pit-Bits" From Nicholas Frankl On The Scene
The Auto Channel
Formula 1 Racing Desk Monaco May 20, 2015; In spite of the many issues facing the financially struggling teams and the F1 circus as a whole, the driver are all in good form and enjoying their ‘home’ race.
Most of the F1 drivers are Monaco residents, its safe, small, friendly, fun and you don’t pay income tax.
Nico Hulkenberg just got a nice pad near the heliport – he is now neighbors with Massa, whilst Rosberg and Hamilton are on the other side of town near Jimmy’z!
I ran into Nico in his new sleek black 911 turbo convertible in the port, he was clearly enjoying his new Monaco life, “more fun than Switzerland” - then I was down in the local super market Carrefour in the fruit and veggies section and bumped into Red Bulls Daniel Ricardo, flip flops, shorts, usual BIG smile grabbing supplies for this apartment, no one seemed to recognize him.
Last night was the 22nd annual Monaco Stars football – lots of the current and former F1 drivers showed up, many played too. Paris Hilton was there to cheer them on, goodness knows why! But she flew in and out with a heli from Cannes Film Festival and downed 3 glasses of champagne at the bar in as many minutes!
Rain is forecast for Thursday, that will play havoc with the turbo’ s and lack of grip on the road course, but I’m sure it won’t dampen the mood on the multi-million dollar yachts!!
About Nicholas Frankl
Nicholas Frankl has attended more than 250 F1 Grand Prix in the past 30+ years (1st race age six weeks). He has been writing for The Auto Channel since it started in 1995/6. He managed the Asprey/Ferrari partnership from 1996-99 working closely with Todt, Irvine, Schumacher and Stefano Dominicalli. Visiting the Ferrari factory annually he has a deep insight into the inner workings of the team. He is also an three time Olympic sportsman, having qualified and driven a two-man & four-man bobsleigh in Lillehammer 1994, Nagano 1998 and Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has raced cars in the UK and USA, competed in the Cannonball, Gumball and Bullrun rallies, is a certified private pilot and member of both The Royal Automobile Club and Automobile Club of Monaco. Throughout his life he has visited the majority of F1 tracks and shared drinks and many fun times with many of yesterdays legends and todays heros.A Word from Nicholas:
So where does bobsleigh fit into this mix?