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Paddock Postcard from Budapest 28 Jul 2013

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen and skateboard champion Rune Glifberg Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) Ferrari Development Driver and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari at the Shell Lego Challange.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Hungaroring, Hungary. Thursday, 25 July 2013 Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone (centre) meets fans in Hungary, along with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel (left), Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (centre, rear) and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Budapest, July 26 2013 Lotus E21 rear.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 celebrates his 100th Grand Prix start with Dr. Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India Formula One Team Owner.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Hungaroring, Hungary. Sunday, 28 July 2013 (L to R): Sam Worthington (AUS) Hollywood actor and Liam Cunningham (IRL) Hollywood Actor.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013 GP2 Series, Rd7, Hungaroring, Hungary. 27-28 July 2013. Race 1 podium and results: 1st Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Carlin, centre. 2nd Marcus Ericsson (SWE) DAMS, left. 3rd Felipe Nasr (BRA) Carlin, right. GP2 Series, Rd7, Hungaroring, Hungary. 27-28 July 2013. Fans and flags.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Hungaroring, Hungary. Saturday, 27 July 2013

With a three-week break between the last round in Germany and this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, there was plenty of time for teams to arrange some extra-curricular outings for their drivers in the Budapest build-up.

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen led the way, walking over a giant ‘skate-able’ sculpture, created by world-renowned artist Gerry Judah, as Rune Glifberg and a crew of other champion skateboarders swarmed around him.

Part of the ‘burn yard live’ series of events, which have been designed to bring together leading innovators from the worlds of youth art, music and sport, the stunt was watched by a crowd of over 2,000 revellers. Raikkonen received a skateboard emblazoned with Glifberg’s name and, in return, the Finn entrusted the skateboarder with his driving helmet.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and test driver Pedro de la Rosa, meanwhile, went head-to-head to see who could build a LEGO Ferrari model car in the quickest time. De la Rosa was in impressive form posting a time of 2m 45.44s, whilst Alonso came second with a time of 4m 08.68s.

“The Shell LEGO Challenge was a lot of fun; obviously there was a great deal of pressure to build the car as quickly as possible,” said Alonso. “It was a close contest, but Pedro got a great start and I wasn’t able to catch him.”

On Friday there was an impromptu meet and greet for the Hungarian fans, with Formula One Group CEO Bernie Ecclestone, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and Alonso heading into the grandstands to sign autographs between the two practice sessions.

Lotus, meanwhile, paid their respects to the victims of the recent rail disaster in Spain by carrying the Galician flag on their rear endplates. Lotus chairman Gerard Lopez hails from the Spanish region.

“Following the tragic accident involving the passenger train in Galicia, I and all within Lotus F1 Team would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those affected and involved,” said Lopez. “As a Galician, I will provide all the help and support possible to those affected by this disaster, which has taken place in an area of the country I know and love so well.”

Force India’s Adrian Sutil, meanwhile, commissioned two specially-designed helmets to commemorate his 100th Grand Prix start in Hungary. “It’s hard to believe how quickly time goes by!” said the German. “It’s a big milestone, for sure, but in the end it doesn’t really change anything. My goals remain the same as when I started my first event and that’s to win races. I still love the sport and I hope I can continue to drive these amazing cars for a long time.”

The father of McLaren driver Jenson Button, John, celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday in the McLaren motorhome, with former team manager Jo Ramirez paying a welcome visit. Also spotted in the paddock were Hollywood actors Sam Worthington and Liam Cunningham.

On track the Hungaroring served up some excellent racing. Briton Jolyon Palmer scored an excellent win in Saturday’s GP2 race. He was one of many to beat Russian Time’s polesitter Tom Dillmann off the line and after staying out for as long as possible on the medium tyres he was able to move up to second place before hunting down DAMS leader Marcus Ericsson to take the victory from the Swede and Carlin team mate Felipe Nasr.

The race was full of drama as Ericsson just took the lead as Palmer re-emerged from his late pit stop. The Briton soon got on to the Swede’s tail, but it took some side-by-side racing through the first three corners before Palmer could finally take the lead again. Thereafter Ericsson had his hands full fending off Nasr to the flag.

Behind the trio, Racing Engineering’s Fabio Leimer just held off DAMS’ Stephane Richelmi for fourth place as Rapax’s Simon Trummer built on a very late pit-stop strategy to take sixth ahead of Arden’s Mitch Evans and Trident’s Nathanael Berthon who thus starts today’s race from pole position.

ART’s James Calado was ninth, after suffering car-related problems in qualifying, from Russian Time’s Sam Bird. Rapax’s series leader Stefano Coletti was involved in an early clash and had to make an extra pit stop, but retains his position with 135 points to Nasr’s 123 and Leimer’s 100 points.

Sunday’s race saw Berthon claim his maiden GP2 win from pole. Despite a safety-car period on the opening lap, the Frenchman managed to ward off an early challenge from Evans in the Arden to score victory. The duo led home Leimer, Ericsson, Nasr and Calado. Series leader Coletti endured another poor result, finishing 20th after pitting for a new nose.

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