Crossing The Borders

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


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.


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.


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.


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


Author: TopGear
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