Getting home

Tue 20 Apr 2010

With the flight chaos in Europe it means many of the team personal are stuck in Shanghai and are having to find inventive ways home, or are finding ways to keep themselves occupied. Here’s just a few of the ones we know about:

Some have managed to find flights out of Shanghai but in the case of one, then turned up at the wrong airport.

Lee McKenzie and Jake Humphrey from the BBC F1 team have got as far Frankfurt on a flight, then managed to find one of the last available hire cars at the airport and are now driving themselves halfway across Europe.

Currently boarding a Dubai to Nice flight are Alonso, Massa and Buemi upfront with Luizzi and Kubica in Economy.

The 5 live team are having a ‘how many Pringles can you fit in your mouth’ competition -the record so far is 23 !

Webber and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner took 44 hours to get to Scotland, but then Mark realised he’d lost his passport along the way.

Kovalainen has got as far as Kuala Lumpa, and is enjoying a few days there playing golf.

Race winner Button, he is sunning himself Thailand -pre-booked !

Me ? I’m stuck in Prague enjoying the beer, waiting for the airspace over London to reopen.

Update 21 Apr’10:
Reports so far indicate that the first driver home was Rubens Barrichello, the first team boss Ross Brawn, and the first technical boss Sam Michael. Interestingly all travelled on Emirates.

Lucas di Grassi jokes his route home will be something like.. Shanghai – Hong Kong – Easter Island – Sailing to Lima – Riding a Llama to Rio Branco – Motorcycle to Brasilia – Go-karting to Sao Paulo.

In comparison Bruno Senna has an easier routing of Shanghai – Dubai – Alicante – Barcelona – Monte Carlo

A relaxed Renault F1 team expect their cars and freight to be landing in the UK Thu, followed hopefully by the team on Fri.

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