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Paddock Postcard from Barcelona 27 Apr 2008

Nelson Piquet (BRA) shares a joke with Mike Doodson (GBR).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 25 April 2008 Randy Mamola (USA) Motorbike Racer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 26 April 2008

It’s been a busy week in Barcelona, opening with the popular pit lane visit on Thursday morning and afternoon which was followed by a tribute to triple world champion Nelson Piquet at the Avenue of Champions in the main grandstand.

The Brazilian, who will later watch his son race, won his titles in 1981, ‘83 and ‘87 and joined other great motorsport names as he became figure number 12 to be engraved in the special Hall of Fame.

Other familiar faces present this weekend include Riccardo Patrese, former Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay, former MotoGP star Randy Mamola, Sir Jackie Stewart and Christian Danner.

Saturday’s GP2 race resulted in a well judged victory for Alvaro Parente of Super Nova, who was chased home by last year’s winner, iSport International’s Bruno Senna and Piquet Sport’s Andreas Zuber.

The first Formula BMW race resulted in victory for Adrien Tambay, Patrick’s son, who fended off a race-long challenge from Daniel Juncadella and Esteban Gutierez.

The show opened early at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday morning, with the 24 giant screens around the track showing early risers the movie Stormbreaker and 20 minutes of footage from the film Asterix at the Olympic Games, which features Ferrari's Michael Schumacher and Jean Todt.