It takes about six hours to pack everything up once the race is done.
In case you're suffering withdrawal symptoms from Formula 1, Alfa Romeo has the solution in the form of the latest installment of its Beyond the Visible series. The Italian team launched this new series on YouTube in September, giving its fans a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the sport.
Considering Alfa Romeo F1 Team Orlen employs more than 500 people, there's a lot to explore. The first episode focused on what happens as soon as the season ends. As soon as the drivers jet off to their chosen holiday destinations, the rest of the team heads back to head office to finish the design of next year's car and plan its unveiling.
The latest installment focuses on the hidden backbone that transports the team, trucks, drivers, and spare parts and how everything is calculated.
As if moving all of the above is not a tough enough ask, Alfa Romeo uses various modes of transport, including planes, ships, trucks, and small vans. It's not a case of loading everyone into an Alfa Romeo Stelvio and hitting the road to the next event.
In addition to transportation, there's also an entire team dedicated to erecting temporary offices and all the facilities required to operate a team. The Mercedes-AMG team gave CarBuzz some behind-the-scenes insight earlier this year. Still, this story hits differently because you see the accompanying visuals of several unsung heroes working in harmony. We're talking about roadies, forklift drivers, and light installers.
Alfa Romeo also reveals that its operating budget is roughly $140 million and that 15% is spent on logistics.
What we found most shocking is how far in advance the logistics are planned. By the end of this year, 90% of Alfa Romeo's planning will be done. Roughly 240 tonnes (metric tons) of material will be shipped by sea, 30 tonnes will go by air, and the rest will be put in the back of a truck.
That's not accounting for people. Alfa has between 85-100 people trackside at any given race. It takes them roughly six hours to dismantle and pack up before moving on to the next race. Imagine how tough back-to-back weekends must be, not to mention the effects of time differences. Thankfully, all teams have a doctor on staff who works out a schedule to mitigate jet lag as much as possible.