Paddock Postcard - Schumi, Scheckter & Senna 13 May 2007
Arguably the biggest buzz in the paddock this weekend was created by the first appearance of Michael Schumacher since his retirement in Brazil last October. The multiple champion looked tanned and relaxed as he hung out in the Ferrari garage.
He wasnt keen to discuss much, especially his real role within the team. I don't think there is a point to go through my agenda here and now, to get into the details, because there is no guideline that has to be followed for what I have to do. Ferrari are doing incredibly well. They have restructured the company in a very good way, so obviously there is much less possibility to be of support. I am happy to see the way things are going.
It is the same for Ross (Brawn) and myself, when you have been such a long time in a team like this and make so many friends, and you leave that part of work then you feel very happy to see the success continuing and that they can still do the job they do.
Another former Ferrari champ also arrived, in the form of Jody Scheckter, who is now selling meat from his organic farm to Honda Racing. Former MotoGP star Sete Gibernau was another visitor, as was former F3000 racer Townsend Bell, who admitted that he recently turned down the chance to race in the Indy 500.
Missing was the familiar face of Hans Stuck, injured recently in a crash at the Nurburgring. The popular German is making a good recovery, and will be back in his television reporting role shortly.
In GP2, Bruno Senna took a fine first victory after polesitter Timo Glock was unaccountably left out in the lead by his team as most of his rivals made their mandatory pit stops under early yellow flags following an incident which eliminated several drivers. Glock subsequently battled back to second place, and leads the title with 24 points from Luca Filippi and Senna on 15 apiece.
And, of course, there has been plenty of talk about the two new Grands Prix for 2008 that have been announced over the course of the weekend. Valencia will host the second Spanish round on the calendar with a new street circuit, while Singapore will stage Formula Ones first ever night race. Not to be outdone, Barcelona confirmed an extension of their contract until 2016.