Paddock Postcard from Spa-Francorchamps 16 Sep 2007
There was more than one celebration in the Belgian Grand Prix paddock on Saturday. Firstly, Bernie Ecclestone joined other Formula One veterans in a gathering of the 500+ GP club. As the name suggests, its members have all attended 500 or more Grands Prix, among them McLarens Ron Dennis, Williams Patrick Head and the FIAs Charlie Whiting.
Then, in the evening, former rally stars Bjorn Waldegaard and Ove Andersson made special appearances as Toyota marked their 50th year of motorsport. The prize of the use of a hybrid Toyota Prius for three years went to motorsport quiz-winning maestro, Joe Saward. Fortunately, journalist Saward, once a confirmed non-driver, passed his test last year.
On the track, Saturdays GP2 race was won by DAMS Nicolas Lapierre from Super Novas Luca Filippi, ARTs Lucas di Grassi, Racing Engineerings Javier Villa and Mike Conway, who also drives for Super Nova. Adam Carroll was challenging Filippi for second place when he crashed his Petrol Ofisi FMS International car. He was unharmed.
Championship leader Timo Glocks car stalled on the grid, and he recovered to 17th. As a result, Di Grassi is now only six points behind (79 to 73) with three races remaining.