Friday is supposed to be a quieter day during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. At other tracks the F1 boys have practice sessions on this day but – Monaco being Monaco and therefore just a little bit different from the norm – that takes place on Thursday.

There is some track action on Friday, but it is confined to the support acts such as GP2 and Porsche Supercup, before F1 takes top billing again for Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race. The relaxed schedule gives the glitterati more time to lounge on their yachts in the harbour and top up their tans, or browse the shops for a new diamond-encrusted Rolex.

At lunchtime on Friday, however, those hoping to enjoy a leisurely fruit de mers platter on the terrace at the Hotel de Paris had their peace and quiet shattered by the shrill engine note of Renault’s latest concept car, the Twin’Run. The French manufacturer’s chief operating officer, Carlos Tavares, steered the crazy city car on a few lairy laps of the grand prix circuit.