When racing stars come out to play
SHAPELY pretty women in skimpy outfits, workmanlike gorgeous ladies in red overalls and ho-hum handsome small boys with their shiny gigantic toys that smell of burnt rubber and making sounds so deafening even the ear plugs can’t help were on the menu at final qualifying at the Shell Belgian Grand Prix yesterday.
Thousands of fans created long traffic jams heading to the stunning Spa Francorchamps circuit located in the Ardennes forest.
World champion Sebastian Vettel, sporting a blond look, was fastest in the final qualifying. Today’s race itself is a small part of the spectacle that is Formula One.
This is the jetsetting life of the glamorous and wealthy. They live large opulent lives.
Earlier yesterday morning Ferrari star Fernando Alonso drew gasps from Shell Ferrari guests inside the VIP lounge located at the famous Eau Rouge corner where vehicles can reach speeds of up to 290km/h.
Alonso was charming and told guests, including media and Shell dealers and representatives from SA, that he had high hopes for the weekend. He’s such a dreamer!
Ferrari is powered by the same fuel technology – V-Power Racing – that is used from track to road in everyday cars.
“Of course, the fuel we use plays an important part in our success,” Alonso said.
On Thursday the media contingent had pasta in the Ferrari motorhome. On the way to the twostorey mobile building, I saw Red Bull team boss Christian Horner walk past.
Belgian Grand Prix Formula One qualifying times at Spa Francorchamps yesterday: 1. Lewis Hammilton (GRB) 2:01.012; 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 2:01.200; 3. Mark Webber (AUS) 2:01.325.
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