Paddock gossip from Brazil - Part II
The German tabloid newspaper Bild recently condemned Ferrari for the team orders scandal, using the highly derogatory term "Schummler" (cheats). The Ferrari PR boss hauled the BILD reporter over the coals and threatened him: "You won't be invited to Madonna di Campiglio this winter." The ski resort is the venue for the popular annual Ferrari media junket.
Fernando Alonso was mildly annoyed when Felipe Massa disrupted the Ferrari interview schedule. Massa spoke for such a long time that Alonso was left kicking his heels in the crowded Ferrari cubbyhole. As the Brazilian walked past, Alonso gave him a dirty look and pointed demonstratively at his watch.
Bruno Senna wasn't sure whether his new helmet to commemorate 50 Years of Ayrton Senna would be ready in time. But it worked out OK in the end and the winner of the design competition visited him in the paddock: "He was presented with a replica helmet decorated with the same design, I showed him round our garage and I think he enjoyed himself immensely."
Mercedes are constantly emphasising just how cost-efficient their F1 team is. At the media reception held in the traditional churrascaria of 'Fogo de Chao', something clearly went wrong. All of a sudden, a bottle of dessert wine appeared at the table that was very much to everyone's taste – a Chateau d'Yquem that would normally set you back £1,100. There were visible beads of sweat on the brow of the press officer...
Sebastian Vettel may have been fastest on the track, but the debrief with his engineers was by no means a swift affair. All the while, his physio was champing at the bit, worried about missing the evening flight to Frankfurt. At around 6pm, Vettel was seen sprinting through the paddock, still clutching data printouts.