Setting the scene for the Monaco Grand Prix
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Setting the scene for the Monaco Grand Prix

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The Monaco paddock is like no other on the grand prix trail, and as Edd Straw points out, there's not much about the weekend that mirrors that of the 19 other events on the calendar either

Monaco is a very different kind of race weekend. The drivers are the same, the cars are the same and the paddock motorhomes are the same, but everything else is different.

If familiarity breeds contempt during the European season, where week after week the trucks are lined up in the same order in identikit paddocks, then Monaco is the perfect antidote. Even Thursday happens on a Wednesday given the need to preserve the tradition of not running grand prix machinery on Friday.

Those same motorhomes are crammed into an area the size of a postage stamp, save for Red Bull, which always turns up with a floating energy station.

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