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Three questions for René Isoart, commissioner general of the Automobile Club

05-05-2009-


1. The Grand Prix requires faultless organisation - what are the golden rules for this annual ‘adventure’ which has endured over 80 years?

The facilities have to be put up and taken down every year. This could be considered a handicap but actually presents a big advantage as it means problems can be corrected as you go along. The organisation of the Grand Prix takes the whole year. The secret is to prepare everything in advance. 500 people work on putting everything up for the six weeks before the event and taking everything down requires three weeks. About ten companies participate with those from Monaco taking priority. The VAT remains in the Principality and the state recoups some of the subsidies that it grants us. Every year we bring in improvements; at the next Grand Prix there will be a new and more aesthetic box for photographs and televised images.

2. Having a circuit around the whole town causes serious constraints (in terms of engineering, security and stands). How do you manage it?

Complete co-ordination with all the state services is necessary. We have to erect stands for 20,000 people, 20km of security rail and 3,000m of wire mesh. The Civil Engineering (TP) and Town Planning service resurface the circuit every year a third at a time. The works that are taking place on the site, such as the construction of the future Monaco Yacht Club, are suspended and the road is temporarily arranged. The whole city moves to the rhythm of the event. The TP organises the work at the edges of the circuit so as to free up space to put everything up. The hospital is responsible for the safety of the public and the drivers, the Ste Dévote tunnel is transformed into a temporary hospital, and ambulances are ready to enter the track, as are two helicopters. 600 commissioners are there to ensure everything runs smoothly. The Gendarmerie and the Italian Carabiniers help to organise the drivers and the number of trains is increased. A further two companies strengthen the workforce on the weekend of the Grand Prix.

3. What measures are put in place to accommodate the 150,000 visitors who come every year?

All the parking spaces are made available, the SNCF provide transport leaving from Fréjus and Ventimiglia. 700 people monitor the entrances and stands and the Red Cross are spread around the circuit with about 50 voluntary emergency doctors. Cap d’Ail accommodates the camping cars, the team lorries park in the Devins stadium and the materials are stored on the Brasca ground in Eze and La Turbie. Everything works really well thanks to the professionalism of the people involved and the reliable system that has been put in place over the years.

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