Paddock postcard - Bond girls and jazz divas 20 Mar 2005
Who's who in the paddock this weekend...
As usual, Sepang has attracted a host of influential Malaysian royalty and politicians for this weekend's Grand Prix, but former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh Lam Jit generated the most ink through her friendship with Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt.
Hong Kong-based CNN broadcaster Lorraine Hahn is also here, having been master of ceremonies at Thursdays Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Ice Gala at which jazz diva Diana Krall was the performing artiste.
Also seen in the paddock were Japanese pop and TV legend Takuya Kimura, as well as familiar racing faces including Sir Jackie Stewart and his wife Lady Helen, Jacques Laffite, Christian Danner, Alex Yoong, Ivan Capelli and Marc Surer.
Journalist Matthew Marsh, born in Welwyn but living in Hong Kong, again took centre stage in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia event in his A-Ha Racing 911, taking second fastest practice lap behind arch-rival Rizal Ashram Ramli.
Having started in the same place last year only to slip to an eventual fifth after damaging the clutch at the start, the reigning champion is determined to make amends. Fellow Britons Nigel Albon, Jonathan Cocker and Danny Watts qualified fourth, fifth and eighth respectively.