Crossing The Borders

Gracing the Renault Racing Team garage on a Friday evening, generously hosted by Bell & Ross

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Many of us, and even fans of F1, may not be aware of what goes behind-the-scenes in a Singapore Grand Prix Formula One garage tour. Fortunately, the same can’t be said for me, since the recent race weekend presented me with an exclusive VIP invitation, courtesy of Bell & Ross to the garage of the Renault Racing Team.

Truth be told, it was nothing like what I had in mind. Stepping in through the gates of the Media Centre, already felt like an honour to be a part of the backend crew. David Ménochet, Marketing Director of Renault Sport Racing, warmly greeted a group of us for the interactive tour.

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First up, I was psyched walking through the narrow garage entry split two ways, that was a clear indication that the teams are very well-organised. At the entrance, headsets were distributed should any of us not be able to handle the sounds of the cars. It’s crucial to know that with the drop in engine size – that is, limited to a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 – car noise was definitely not a struggle.

The crew at work were calm and collected, and somewhat gave us the feel of what it’s like to be in a spaceship.

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The lanes split into two sections, and one of which led us to Jolyon Palmer’s. To be just a couple meters away from the actual drivers felt very much like being in the front row of a huge concert – mind blowing. At just a short distance away, the sounds effects kicked in. The rattling of toolboxes, clanking of spanners and revving of engines came part of the pretty sweet package.

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When the private tour came to an end, we were treated to a fancy three-course dinner at the Renault and Bell & Ross officials and teams’ exclusive dining booths, housing a couple of Bell & Ross’ stunning timepieces.

The Singapore Grand Prix concluded with yet another successful turnout – with Nico Rosberg, clinching the top spot, bringing home the championship title for the very first time in Singapore.

- Carmen Rosso

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