Sunday postcard from Monte Carlo 01 Jun 2003
If you wanted the definition of a crowd in Monte Carlo, it wasn't necessary to go out of the paddock into the teeming streets of the Principality. You just needed to go to Karl-Heinz Zimmerman's motorhome at the right time, and there was Real Madrid and Brazil star Ronaldo surrounded by well-wishers and photographers, or down a little further on the quayside to Eddie Jordan's empire where Bono was a similarly besieged guest, together with Irish rugby player Ryan O'Driscoll.
Other football stars Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) and James Beattie (Southampton) are here, while from the film world comes Sex and the City and Twin Peaks star, Kyle McLachlan.
Besides Bono, the pop world is represented also by hot band Blue, and supermodel Heidi Klum is accompanying Renault chief Flavio Briatore.
There are several former drivers here, including former world champions Mika Hakkinen (and wife Erja), Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jody Scheckter and Keke Rosberg, and Sir Stirling Moss, Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Patrick Tambay, Andrea de Cesaris, Max Papis, Mika Salo (with wife Norika and son Max Roland).
Jenson Button, advised not to participate in the race for medical reasons after his crash here on Saturday morning, was also back in the paddock at lunchtime looking fit and relaxed.