Today was a “day off” for the Formula 1 circus here in Monaco, only don’t tell any of our team members. Because the tradition of heading to the beach or having a leisurely day no longer has a role in the modern world of Grand Prix racing. Even our drivers were busy and how appropriate that, on the day after the GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers Association) put out a statement that drivers must do more for the fans, Max and Carlos had a packed schedule.
It started when they joined our former driver Daniel Ricciardo to give media a thrill, giving them passenger rides, lapping round the famous street circuit in a Renault RS01 and two Clio RS Trophy cars. Once that was over, it was a quick dash back to the pit lane to sign autographs for the fans. From there they headed up the hill out of the track to the Place d’Armes, well known for its market and restaurants, but today transformed into the MGP Live Stage, a forum for spectators but crucially, even open to those who have not got tickets for the race. The two Toro Rosso boys got a fantastic reception and really entered into the spirit of the event, chatting with fans for a long time and posing for the obligatory selfies.
It wasn’t all fun and games, as the drivers also had to fit in two meetings with our engineers, making the most of the extra day to plan the fine detail for the rest of the weekend. It all starts again on Saturday, with the final hour of free practice at 11 o’clock. Will it rain?