Every season, the first European race is an opportunity for at least one team to show off an impressive new motor home.

Every season, the first European race is an opportunity for at least one team to show off an impressive new motor home.

In 2009, as F1's paddock regulars throng the Circuit de Catalunya, the main talking point on Thursday was Ferrari's new paddock presence, seen for the first time.

Side by side, the two huge structures standing multiple stories high are a match for the most majestic offerings of grandee rivals BMW and McLaren.

Marlboro red and with furtive mirror windows, glass frontage and top story terraces, the structures will stand at the foot of the paddock - second only to the FIA area and Bernie Ecclestone's motor home - for the entire European season, thanks to Ferrari's constructors' title triumph of 2008.

 

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