Like a true sophisticated international the volley boys burst onto the Monte Carlo scene, from Eze, totally unnoticed. They had driven their modest Renault Modus, a close relative of the Red Bull-Renault of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, to the car park under Avenue Princes Grace. They then made their way towards the Monte Carlo Casino via the famous tunnel which runs under the Farimont Hotel.
At this time of year you come to Monaco for one reason and one reason only and that’s for the cars. The girls line up Le Mans style to get into their Maserati. Above, Jackie Stewart reviews the track whilst Messes Ferrari, Mercedes, Bentley, Rolls and Porsche look on.
The café next to the casino is popular with the rich and famous and that’s where we head and like Larry the Lounge Lizard we relax back to observe this parallel universe of wealth pass before our eyes.
Within minutes of taking our table we see Sally Carrera and Lightning McQueen sitting a few tables across and up the back Chick Hicks and Strip “The King” Weathers are having a few beers.
When I went to the gent’s toilet I heard a guy telling his mate that he saw Mark Webber talking with Doc Hudson. Someone else said Luigi and Guido will be helping in pit lane. I tell you everyone, who’s anyone, is here.
The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. All in all it is a dangerous place to race and the 2011 event was not without incident.
Our compact, elegant and easy to manoeuvre Modus takes its position on the grid. Whilst we didn’t get pole position we were right up the front next to our Red Bull-Renault brother.
I won’t bore you with the details because I know you can look it up on the www but the 78 lap race was won by the championship leader, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who started from pole position. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second and McLaren’s Jenson Button third.
Winner Vettel extended his lead in the World Drivers’ Championship to 58 points over Lewis Hamilton who was sixth. Mark Webber finished fourth and maintained third place in the championship. So our team did pretty well and we all celebrated late into the night but as you know what happens in the garage stays in the garage.