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Tarantino stunned by blockbuster European Grand Prix 23 Jul 2007

Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing with Quentin Tarantino (USA) Film Director and Zoe Bell (NZL) Stuntwoman and Actress.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 22 July 2007 Quentin Tarantino (USA) Film Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 22 July 2007 David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing talks with Zoe Bell (NZL) Stuntwoman and Actress at a Red Bull off road event.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday, 19 July 2007 Zoe Bell (NZL) Stuntwoman and Actress.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 22 July 2007

He is known as a director of fast and furious movies, with storylines that tend to go way beyond normal fantasy - think Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. So what Quentin Tarantino witnessed at the European Grand Prix no doubt featured a script quite to his liking - cars sliding haphazardly off the track; a leader that no one would have predicted in Markus Winkelhock; wonderboy Lewis Hamilton out of the points; and a finish that blew the drivers’ championship wide open again.

“I am here in Germany to promote my new film Death Proof,” explained Tarantino. “Somebody told me that there is a Formula One race this weekend, so I had to come. I have never visited one before - only on TV. My life’s race experience revolves around NASCAR, where a friend of mine works as a mechanic. But boy, this here is miles away from US racing. In the US we have garage racing whereas this here is lab(oratory) racing.”

As a guest of Red Bull Racing, Tarantino was stunned by their data acquisition area, especially when team principal Christian Horner explained to him that while the cars race the engineers can effectively ‘look’ inside the engine. “Gee, that knocks me off my feet!” he exclaimed. “And is it true that the drivers have bottles to drink in the car? Ah, that’s nice - so no one has to stop after an hour of dehydration! My experience with cars? Well, personally I am not massively into cars, but they play quite a big part in all my movies - and I have collected them all. The ones from Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction are my favourites, because of the fun we had while shooting!”

In Tarantino’s entourage was his female star of Death Proof, Zoe Bell, a stunt woman turned movie star. “When you have done so many stunts for Hollywood’s big names, the likes of Uma Thurman and Sharon Stone, it is quite incredible to find your name in the character cast and not in the ‘also-ran’ section,” she said of her newfound fame. “I have worked with Quentin on many projects, so when he offered me the part it was a dream come true - and when he decided to come to the race there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to join him. I know quite a bit about car stunts, so what I saw these guys do today in the rain was incredible - if one of them is fed up with his job here he could come and become one of us!”

Tarantino wasn’t the only celebrity present in Germany. Boris Becker is a frequent visitor to Formula One races, but he had never witnessed anything like Sunday’s events at the Nurburgring before. “When I was an active player I hated rain interruptions because it’s very hard to keep the concentration level up,” said the former tennis ace. “But rain on a track - such massive rain - that leaves the drivers in the role of a passenger. And it was amazing to see who managed to adapt to the situation and who was overwhelmed by it. The fans may have got wet, but their reward was one of the most mesmerizing races of the season!”

Being Germany’s next top model had a massive impact on Barbara Meier’s life. The 20-year-old, who was selected by Heidi Klum and her team to become the next big thing on the catwalk is quickly becoming hot property in the fashion world, hence it was no surprise that she drew massive media attention in the Nurburgring paddock. “Some months ago I would not have dreamed of being able to come to a place like this and getting so close to all the driver stars,” she admitted. “I would probably have been somewhere out in a grandstand. It is quite an experience. I truly can say I am fascinated. It is a world of its own and if somebody had told me that this environment is so stylish, I would not have believed it. My favourite driver? I think that whoever wins the race also deserves it, because he did the right thing at the right moment.”