The race from Malaysia to Bahrain 10 Apr 2007
After a thrilling Grand Prix in Sepang, the Formula One teams have packed up and now face the logistical challenge of reaching Bahrain in time to begin preparations on Thursday for this weekends race...
Each of the 11 teams travelling to the Kingdom of Bahrain will bring 50-80 shipping cases, containing up to 40 tonnes of equipment. Of that total weight, over 30 tonnes will be taken up by the mechanical needs of the Formula One cars themselves - including three chassis, engines, spare parts, tools, wheels and pit equipment. The remainder will be made up of pit-garage branding and extraneous equipment - even the utensils used by the team chefs! Then finally comes the telemetry and computer equipment.
Formula One racing has an information superhighway all of its very own - there will be approximately 180 large computers and 300 laptops in use between the 11 teams over the race weekend in Bahrain, supplied by over 3.5 kilometres of power cable and sending information through 5.5 kilometres of data cable. The team members themselves - approximately 1,200 in total - will be equipped with 1,100 walkie-talkie radios and headsets.
In Bahrains warm climate, the Formula One teams will also need to keep their staff members cool and hydrated. Almost 37,000 litres of mineral water and soft drinks will therefore be consumed up and down the pit lane.
In addition, approximately 15,000 litres of fuel will be delivered to the Bahrain International Circuit by a variety of fuel suppliers in order to meet their teams' needs. A Formula One car running for the full course of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend will consume in the region of 500 litres from the first laps of practice on Friday to the chequered flag and completion of the race on Sunday. Nonetheless, a Formula One engine is over 20 percent more efficient at turning fuel into power than even the most economical small car. Furthermore, the sports governing body, the FIA, plants enough trees each year to ensure that Formula One racing is a carbon neutral sport.
And after this Sundays race in Bahrain? The 11 teams will pack up all their equipment again and begin preparations for the Spanish Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on May 11-13.