Paddock Postcard - Barrichello breaks Patrese's record 11 May 2008
The Turkish Grand Prix weekend in Istanbul got off to a - quite literally - flying start on Thursday when McLarens Lewis Hamilton went up, up and away in a Vodafone stunt in which he soared through the air as part of a promotion around the story of Troy in a downtown theatre.
This weekend also marks what Honda have deemed to be Rubens Barrichellos record 257th Grand Prix appearance, the Brazilian depriving Riccardo Patrese of a long-held mark. Hondas Managing Director helped him to celebrate by handing over a new Honda CBR1000 RR Fireblade motorbike, while team principal Ross Brawn gave him a new set of Alpine leathers. And, of course, a host of friends, family and colleagues - past and present - were on hand to congratulate him.
In Saturdays first GP2 race, Giorgio Pantano dominated for Racing Engineering despite a late intervention by the safety car which wiped out an 8.5s lead over Romain Grosjean and Andreas Zuber. Pantano thus grabbed a decent lead in the title chase, with 21 points over Zuber (13) and Grosjean (12).
Bruno Senna was out of luck, as was series returnee Adam Carroll, whose Fisichella Motor Sport International machine bogged down from third place on the grid. The Irishman recovered to finish eighth and will thus start Sundays race from pole position.
The other strong drive came from Sebastien Buemi, who climbed back to sixth, behind Karun Chandhok and Vitaly Petrov, after being spun on the opening lap. Briton Ben Hanley also had to spin in avoidance and finished 17th.