GR1DCLUB made its season debut in Barcelona on Sunday night at the Carpe Diem Lounge Club. It’s the new VIP clubbing baby of paddock party animal Tara Ramos, and will set the party scene in Hungary, Italy and Brazil as well.
With those bases covered, 2013 is looking like a vintage year off-track.
F1 Social Diary was there, of course, in the ‘Platinum’ area with the Mexican mafia, Esteban Gutierrez and Checo Perez. Also spotted: Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello, and MotoGP superstar Dani Pedrosa.
DJ Erok did the midnight shift in the booth, followed by Jaime Alguersuari – ‘memba him? Jaime likes to keep his racing and his mixing separate, which is why he goes by the nom-de-plume ‘Squire’. In Spain, the epicenter of summer club music, Squire is actually better known than Jaime. As in country squire? Well, the man is a gentleman. I half-expected to see him DJing in a Barbour jacket. Yes, he just shot some pheasants and now he’s come to this beach club to play his records.
Do you think Erok, who is Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s resident DJ, had to fight Alguersuari for the job? It would have been funny if Franz Tost had said: Look Jaime, you’re just so good at spinning we have another job for you: Paddock Club, 3pm, don’t bother with team kit.
I jest. Alguersuari had real potential and I thought it was stupid of Toro Rosso to dump him. He was thrown in at the deep end at a very young age and he kept his head above water. Plus he’s probably the best ambassador the Red Bull brand could dream of. Thanks to GR1DCLUB, hopefully we’ll see him on the circuit again this year even if it’s not in Nomex.
Sponsor Roberto Cavalli Vodka’s cup runneth over, and Monday was a slow start off the grid if you know what I mean. Mark Webber, of course you do.
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