When rac­ing stars come out to play

Sunday World - - News - ED­WIN NAIDU at Spa

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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