The Spanish Grand Prix paddock is going to have a little more free space in it than usual, with the impressive motor homes belong to Force India, Red Bull and Mercedes GP absent from the paddock area.

McLaren Brand Centre The first round on European soil presents the F1 teams with the opportunity to show off which Team Principal has the biggest – ahem – ego their imposing temporary paddock buildings.

In a change up to the F1 calendar, this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix – the first European round of the 2010 season – is immediately followed by the Monaco Grand Prix next weekend.

Such a small timeframe won’t give the teams ample opportunity to dismantle, transport and reassemble their lavish structures within the tight confines of the Monaco waterfront.

Red Bull and Mercedes GP have instead brought alternative hospitality units to Monaco. The drinks giant’s team is operating out of one of its test motor homes while its enormous Energy Station is already being put together in readiness for the circus’ appearance at Monaco next weekend.

Mercedes GP is operating its hospitality and team fixtures in its DTM buildings onsite at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Force India’s recently renovated three-story motor home won’t be ready until the Turkish Grand Prix (which follows a fortnight after Monaco) at the end of May, and is using a temporary motor home.

In fact, McLaren’s imaginatively named ‘Brand Centre’ (pictured) will be the largest ego structure in the paddock this weekend.

[Image via The Suitcase of Courage]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.