Paddock Postcard from Sao Paulo 02 Nov 2008
The paddock at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Interlagos always draws in familiar figures, and this year was no exception as former champions Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet visited. Former March F1 racer and FIA safety car driver Alex Ribiero, former Tyrrell racer Ricardo Rosset and ex-Formula Three star Maurizio Sandro Sala, together with former Formula Two entrant Fred Opert, also made their annual appearances.
Historically, the event marks David Coulthards last F1 drive (though rumour has it hell be back as a television pundit next year), while McLaren engineer Steve Hallam was also preparing to say goodbye prior to a switch to NASCAR in 2009.
Rubens Barrichellos future is unsure, but here the Brazilian was wearing a replica of former Fittipaldi F1 racer Ingo Hoffmans yellow helmet to commemorate the latters stellar record of eight titles in Brazilian stock car racing. The genial Paulista is finally retiring at 65.
The paparazzi were entertained trying to keep up with Lewis Hamiltons Pussycat Doll girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, while on the political front Great Britains Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell made a brief appearance.
On-track, Briton Saturdays Formula BMW support race was won by upcoming American Alexander Rossi.