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illustration paddock during the Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020, from September 25 to 27, 2020 on the Sochi Autodrom, in Sochi, Russia - Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI

In the world of Formula 1, the "paddock" is a term used to describe the area where all the teams and drivers are based during a race weekend. This area is typically located within the confines of the race track, and is only accessible to teams, drivers, and authorised personnel.

The paddock is a bustling hub of activity during a race weekend, with team personnel working on cars, drivers and team members giving interviews, and engineers monitoring data and making adjustments to the cars. It's the place where the action happens, and where all the teams and drivers are preparing for the next race.

The paddock is also home to the team garages, where cars are worked on and prepared for each session. The garages are equipped with all the necessary tools and equipment for the teams to work on the cars, as well as storage for spare parts and tires.

In addition to the team garages, the paddock also houses the FIA officials, medical center, and media center. The FIA officials are responsible for enforcing the rules and regulations of the sport, the medical center is there to provide medical attention if needed, and the media center is where the journalists and broadcasters can report on the race and conduct interviews with drivers and team members.

Overall, the paddock is a vital component of Formula 1 racing, providing the teams and drivers with everything they need to compete at the highest level. It's where the behind the scenes action happens, where the teams and drivers prepare for the race, and where the media report on the event.

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