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Back-to-back races present logistical challenge 25 May 2004

The Williams motorhome.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, 6 May 2004

In logistical terms, the consecutive European and Monaco Grands Prix are hard work. With just a week (and hence no testing) between the two rounds, some of the teams’ equipment will be transported directly from Monte Carlo to the Nurburgring. However, many components have to be returned to their factories for maintenance before they are shipped back to Germany.

The Williams team, for example, dismantled their cars on site immediately following the Monaco race, but only the chassis were put on the trucks to be taken directly to the Nurburgring. The majority of the other components, including the steering, chassis and suspension parts, as well as the gearboxes, were flown back to the Williams factory in Grove, England, where they will be checked or replaced.

The cars’ body panels were also air-freighted to Grove to be freshly painted ahead of the European Grand Prix. Meanwhile, their BMW engines were demounted in Monte Carlo and then taken to Munich by truck. New racing engines for the Nurburgring will be dispatched from Munich by road. The final new components will reach the team at the circuit on Wednesday.

Both Williams’ and BMW’s trucks, along with the team’s motorhomes, drove straight to the Nurburgring. The first truck set off from Monaco late on Sunday evening, with the entire Williams fleet due in the Eifel region by midnight on Monday.