You may be wondering why the two practice sessions for the Formula One take place on Thursday at the Monaco Grand Prix instead of the usual Friday slot.
It is to allow the streets to be open again to the public. It also used to be a day for the markets in Monaco, and although that does not occur today, it is seen as somewhat of a tradition to keep to the Thursday sessions. There will however be a GP2 race on the Friday.
This ‘spare’ day also means that the drivers and all the team mechanics and crew members get to have a day off. It is likely that they will be required in the late morning to make changes to the cars in the garages.
All of this of course means that Thursday night on the Monaco harbour, is party night, and many do not finish until the early hours of the morning.
Other Monaco Facts
- There are over 20 miles of safety barriers.
- There is around 20,000 square metres of catch fencing.
- 1,100 tonnes of grandstands.
- There are almost 3,600 tyres used in the tyre barriers.
- 10 cranes are positioned around the racetrack.
- There are 650 marshals, waiting to pounce on stricken cars over the weekend.
- 120 firemen are on standby.
- There are over 500 fire extinguishers around the circuit.
You may have seen several media outlets and journalists talking about the Williams Reserve Driver, Valtteri Bottas, in a different and unique style over recent weeks.
The new ‘fad’ of writing the drivers surname in capitals originated from Autosport’s F1 editor Jon Noble over the winter testing. He posted this picture below, showing the Finnish drivers names emboldened and in capitals.
Starting off as an office joke, it has now become a small sensation in itself. At the Malaysian Grand Prix, Jon Noble asked F1 fans to see if they could get the hashtag #BOTTAS to trend worldwide on Twitter, seeing as he was driving the car in Fridays first free practice. A feat that was easily achieved and can be seen below.
Formula One journalists and media personnel are now also taking it upon themselves to write the drivers name in capitals. Many F1 fans too, are beginning to use this strange way to say the Finns name. It has been accepted that it can be a useful way to get the drivers name into not just the media domain but also the public and worldwide one, as he hopes to gain a drive with a team for the 2013 season.
Maybe you at home will now use #BOTTAS, when describing him. Take a look at what Twitter has to say below: