MONACO GP – THURSDAY PRACTICE
First Practice Session: 1:13.854, Position: 5, Laps: 45
Second Practice Session: 1:13.207, Position: 2, Laps: 35
“Regardless of how the car feels it is always so much fun to drive this track. We are looking pretty good at the moment. We put some good laps together and know where we need to improve so I’m very happy with our position after the first day. We have good downforce here, the rear of the car feels like it is working the best it has so far this year. If we can get the tires warmed up I think we can be pretty close on Saturday. I’m pleased with the cars rhythm and set-up which gives me confidence and makes me feel we are back in that groove after the first couple of practice sessions. I don’t think we need to do too much to the car set-up wise at the moment, just a couple of small tweaks overnight perhaps. Being the first time round here with the new cars it definitely felt a little bit tighter so that needs to be considered when pushing on quick laps, but as I said, so much fun as always.”
First Practice session: 1:13.771, Position: 3, Laps: 32
Second Practice Session: 1:13.406, Position: 6, Laps: 36
“It felt quite straightforward today, the balance of the car felt ok and we didn’t do too many big changes so we are pleased with our performance. We still need some small improvements which we will hopefully find overnight and be up there at the front tomorrow. The red flag in the second practice messed up my run a bit so I didn’t get a good chance on the new tyres and to show a true fast lap potential. I have learnt from the last few years you do not need to be the quickest on Thursday, it takes a lot of concentration here as one small mistake means you are in the wall and the session is over. Qualifying is very important in Monaco as once you get in traffic during a race it is so hard to overtake and progress, it’s also very risky trying it. If you can get the tyres in the right window it helps massively, today we didn’t quite manage to get there so we will work on that tomorrow and be ready for Qualifying.”
If you’ve not yet checked out our video of how our fabulous floating Monaco Energy Station takes shape and is transported from Italy to its race weekend home here in Port Hercule then do yourself a favour and head on over to http://www.redbullracing.com/video/red-bull-energy-station-build-base and take a look. Naturally, we’re pretty proud of our floating Monaco home, but a little digging revealed that while ours might be the biggest and best racing motorhome on the high seas, it’s got a few rivals when it comes to floating fantasies. Here are just a handful…
- Biggest superyacht
According to Boat magazine, the world’s largest superyacht is the Azzam. At a whopping 180.61m it outstrips Roman Abramovich’s monstrous Eclipse superyacht by 18.11m and is larger than a US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The Azzam was built by superyacht experts Lürssen Yachts of Germany for Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. According to CNN, Azzam reputedly cost US$605m to build but little is known about its facilities. It’s safe to assume, though, that it features similar amenities to the Eclipse, such as twin helipads and its own submarine.
While it’s currently the biggest superyacht, it’s not likely to hold the title for long, as next year will see the launch of a 222m behemoth, currently named the Triple Deuce. Boasting seven decks, two pools, multiple hot tubs and a 275-sq m master suite, the identity of its owner is not known but the cost is: a slightly obscene US$1 billion.
- Smallest super yacht
Plenty of options for this one but we like the Jet Capsule – a proper luxury boat that’s just 7.35m long and 3.44m wide. Designed by Italian company Lazzarini Design, the Jet Capsule is entirely customisable and comes complete with automatic doors, a rooftop sunbed for soaking in rays, photochronic windows, a fiberglass hull, a bed, a toilet and a rear platform for diving or jumping in. The mini yacht can also reach speeds of 55 miles per hour. The cost? Well that’s hard to pin down but depending on what you want it’s around US$200,000. At that bargain price you could probably park a few of them on your real superyacht for the giggle.
- Fastest boat
The world water speed record is held by Australian Ken Warby, who on 8 October 1978 piloted his Spirit of Australia vessel to a speed of 317.596 mph (511.11 km/h) on the Tumut River near the Blowering Dam in New South Wales.
Amazingly, Warby designed the wooden boat on the family kitchen table in 1970, and started construction in his backyard in 1972. Built in the open, the Sydneysider could only build the boat in good weather and in daylight. Warby built the boat with just three power tools, a drill, a circular saw and a belt sander; the rest was done with hand tools. He then went to an Australian air force surplus auction where he bought three Westinghouse J34 jet engines at a total cost of AUD$260. One would power the boat to its incredible and still unbeaten record speed. The Spirit of Australia is now a permanent feature at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
- Largest ocean platform
The Monaco Energy Station is essentially a floating platform and in an environment mostly made up of pontoons to get you from land to boat it qualifies as a pretty big one. It’s nothing though compared to the world’s largest ocean platform, the Berkut oil rig.
Located off Sakhalin Island, which is 45km north of the Japanese island of Hokkaido, Berkut, which means golden eagle in Russian, is largely owned by Rosbeft and ExxonMobil, and has a total weight of more 200,000 tonnes. The top platform weighs in at 45,000 tonnes, is 105m long and 60m wide. The total height of the rig, top and bottom, is 144m, about the height of a 50-storey building.
The massive rig is designed to work in harsh Arctic conditions, and has an autonomous power supply and can work even when temperatures go down to minus 44 degrees Celsius. Not only can the substructure withstand the forces applied by floating ice up to two metres thick, it has also been built to cope with 9 magnitude earthquakes, and waves up to 18 metres high.