Not even canapés and free wine can steal my attention, because sat on the other side of the room are two replica F1 car monocoques.

These aren’t just static models either. No, these are state of the art simulators, each facing five-metre-wide screens with the image of Monza’s pitlane displayed on it.

They’re parked in the function room of a swanky west London hotel, where the preview event for Ferrari World Barcelona is taking place – it’s located here because sunburnt Brits are expected to be the park’s most common visitors.

Ferrari has drafted in its test driver, ex-F1 racer Marc Gené, to talk us through the park’s rides. “It’s the closest you can get to Formula 1,” he says enthusiastically. “The roller coaster does 0-180kmh in five seconds. It’s actually faster off the line than an F1 car.”