Thursday evening in Germany means a Mercedes barbecue. But where recent years at the Hockenheimring have seen Michael Schumacher and Norbert Haug deep in conversation surrounded by the world’s press, last night at the Nurburgring was a strictly media affair.
The team PRs could be spotted sharing stories over glasses of wine, and Wolfgang Schattling welcomed the journalists with a pithy speech about the weather, but neither Nico Rosberg nor Lewis Hamilton were present.
Despite the chilly mountain air the top deck of the Mercedes motorhome was heaving with journalists tucking into a selection of German sausages, steaks, marinated chicken breasts, and skewers of fish and prawn. Accompanying the barbecue was a range of regional specialties, from potato salad to doughy pretzels and smoked meats and cheeses.
It’s hardly Monaco, but we get our fun where we can.