F1 Grand Prix @Albert Park, Melbourne | 15. March 2015
We arrived in Melbourne a day before the actual Race. You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air. On the Race day, Melbourne weather was able to produce some clear skies with a maximum temperature of 18C. This was fantastic in order to enjoy the pre-race entertainment as well the race in itself. Click HERE for the F1 Grand Prix, March 2015 @Albert Park circuit map.
The F1 Grand Prix attracts approximately 300’000 spectators every year. This is a major economical benefit for Melbourne and Victoria. People are drawn to the fascination of mankind mastering the combination of machine, speed, design, beauty and engineering in harmony. While F1 drivers push their cars with up to 320 km per hour around the race track, with approximately 60 gear shifts per lap and experiencing G forces like an astronaut, they must be physically and mentally fit to endeavour such an environment.
It takes around 150 full time employees 2-3 months to build the race track @Albert Park from scratch and about 1 month to dismantle it again after the race is over. In addition the F1 Grand Prix attracts the “rich & famous” to see these formidable F1 drivers perform. Attending some VIP parties with elaborate Cocktail and Dinner parties hosted by all F1 teams and their sponsors. Each F1 team has its own catering crew. They prepare Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the whole F1 team and their guests. During Race time some of these (better) F1 catering crews cater for their VIP’s and Sponsors. All this from a kitchen not much larger than your average F1 cockpit. But the challenge isn’t just about making the best use of the limited space available in the motorhome kitchen, or about coordinating the serving of three very different meals to up to 300 people in a single evening. It begins much earlier. Read more HERE
The main caterer for the F1 Grand Prix worldwide (Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Montréal, Valencia, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Budapest, Monza, Suzuka, Yeongam, Abu Dhabi) is Do & Co from Austria. Unfortunately they do not come to Melbourne….. Read more HERE
In summary if you are not invited to one of the F1 team’s Cocktail or Dinner Event or Party, you will miss out on good food at the races. For the punters the choices are very limited.
Well lucky the F1 Grand Prix Australia is in Melbourne. Melbourne has some of the best restaurants in Australia and the choices are sumptuous. Check out one of the more serious Food Guide “Gault-Millau” to find a suitable place to eat.Best to Wine and Dine before or after the races. Check out my Blog about Eating Out HERE in Melbourne and surroundings.
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Chef & Guide Dog User Martin