Jenks on GP catering!
In any Grand Prix paddock you will find giant motor caravans, known in Americanese as motorhomes, for the team personnel. Most of the teams provide a proper sit-down lunch for the mechanics, at a large communal table under an awning, after the qualifying hour, and then it is bock to work until 2 or 3am, depending on what dramas have hit the team.
It is quite an education to wander along the paddock and view the culinary delights being cooked up in the various motorhomes: spaghetti and vino rosso in the Italian teams, veal and vin blanc in the French teams, steak-and-chips and tea in the English teams and so on. I shall always remember seeing dear old Regazzoni under the awning of the Ensign team with Silvia Nunn pouring him out a nice cup of English tea. He later insisted that he had developed quite a taste for English tea.
These team motorhomes perform a very important psychological function that helps towards the smooth running of a team, for most people are pretty fixed in their food requirements and a well-fed mechanic is a happy mechanic, especially if it is food that he is used to at home and not “that foreign muck”. I used to watch Ferrari and Maserati mechanics at Silverstone with some sympathy as they poked at pie, beans and chips, longing for a good plate of spaghetti Bolognese and not “that foreign muck”.
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