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Paddock Postcard from Germany 25 Jul 2004

Maria Riesch (GER) Female skier with Felipe Massa (BRA) Sauber in the Sauber pit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 24 July 2004

The German Grand Prix is traditionally a time of year when some Formula One people take their summer break, but there has still been a fair smattering of celebrities and personalities in the Hockenheim pit lane this weekend.

The Sauber garage played host to German skiing star Maria Riesch, while 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg made a welcome visit to the paddock, bringing with him his inimitable blustering sense of humour and the usual fund of anecdotes.

Paul McCartney lookalike Dave Price, who ran Johnny Dumfries in British Formula Three back in 1984 and has since built up a thriving composites business made his annual pilgrimage to a Formula One race, on business, and Norwegian Harald Huysman, the former racer who discovered Jenson Button, was busy promoting his latest charge, Formula Three racer Marko Asmer.

Another Marko, Dr Helmut, the former March and BRM Formula One pilot now playing a leading role at Red Bull, was another visitor. He had a particularly gratifying time as his driver Vitantonio Liuzzi scored a record sixth Formula 3000 victory from his sixth pole position.

The Italian made an inferior start to fellow countryman Enrico Toccacelo but shadowed him to the pit stop and then snatched a six-second lead via a combination of superquick in and out laps and a problem that befell the BCN driver. Arden Motorsport racer Liuzzi thus extended his lead over Toccacelo to 10 points with three races remaining. Argentina’s Esteban Guerrieri, Toccacelo’s team mate, fought hard to take third place from Arden’s Robert Doornbos to score the first podium finish of his F3000 career.

Check back early in the week for our in-depth Hockenheim Paddock feature.