Fernando Alonso’s relationship with his Ferrari mechanics was hanging in the balance over today’s grudge match between Spain and Italy in the European Championships. The game kicked off at midday Canadian time, but with the race starting at 2.00pm it was going to be hit and miss as to whether Fernando would be able to watch it all.
After parking his car on the grid, Fernando dashed back to the Ferrari hospitality area for a ‘comfort break’ and a few more minutes of football before returning to the grid with just seven minutes to go until the start of the race. In the end the game finished 1-1, surely the best possible result for intra-Ferrari relations – if not for Fernando!
Saturday evening was another busy one for the drivers, though some chose to enjoy more relaxing activities than others. Jenson Button, who you’ll recall had already clocked 75km on his bike earlier in the week, took part in a charity fun run around the track. True to his reputation as F1’s ironman, Jenson duly clocked the fastest lap time of the weekend. “I ran my first lap with (my girlfriend) Jessy,” he said. “But my second lap felt quicker than my qualifying lap!”
While Jenson was working up a sweat, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver Nico Rosberg was having a more sedate time. After qualifying fifth on the grid, the German visited the Cirque du Soleil headquarters, situated less than a mile from the track, to watch a performance of their brand new show. It’s not all work, work, work you know. “It’s fantastic,” was his verdict.
Rosberg’s team-mate Michael Schumacher hasn’t had much luck this year and it didn’t show any signs of improving in Montreal. A malfunctioning DRS rear wing led to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS driver’s fifth retirement in the opening seven races.
Also looking to improve his luck was Bruno Senna. The Williams driver says that he’s always performed well when he’s done a bit of boxing practice before a race, so this morning he enlisted the help of Williams PR Sophie Eden to hold the pads. Unfortunately it didn’t prove overly lucky for either of them: Bruno recorded a disappointing 17th place finish whilst Sophie spent the day with a stiff shoulder…
Admittedly the Canadian GP doesn’t attract as many celebs as Monaco, but there were still plenty of famous faces with a ‘need for speed’ around the paddock this weekend. Top Gun actor Anthony ‘Goose’ Edwards spent the day with Williams yesterday, while Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestley was at the track today and witnessed a race with a script straight out of a soap opera.
Seven different winners from seven races – who’d have thought it? Roll on Valencia.