The daunting 24-hour trip is the longest on the 2018 Formula One calendar, but it definitely makes for a unique start to the new season. Heading to the vibrant, bustling city of Melbourne has become a familiar season-opening trip for the F1 paddock. It's one of the most popular locations on F1's schedule, which makes the journey a little bit easier, and there's always a giddy sense of excitement and anticipation.
But, while it's a great place to start the new campaign, transporting an F1 team to Melbourne is a mammoth task. In total, over 100 people from our Brackley and Brixworth factories will be attending the first round in Australia. This means a similar number of flights (which feature stopovers in either Abu Dhabi or Singapore) and a fleet of 25 Mercedes-Benz cars need to be organised.
Of course, the F1 travelling circus doesn't just include people. An array of equipment is needed to run an F1 team across a race weekend and there's also the small task of getting the new cars from one side of the world to the other, as well...
So, there's over 40 tonnes of air freight and 23 tonnes of sea freight to transport to Melbourne, from more basic items such as chairs, tables, garage walls and hospitality decorations to complicated equipment such as starter motors, the pit wall and the most intricate thing of all - the latest Mercedes F1 creation, the F1 W09 EQ Power+.