The first European race of the season usually boasts a bit of glamour. There weren’t many genuine celebs, though, to draw attention away from the drivers and grid girls. Barcelona player Dani Alves swung by to hang out in the Ferrari garage during Thursday preparations, while on Sunday it was the money men’s turn in the spotlight: Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler, Emilio Botin, chairman of Santander, and Carlos Slim Jr, heir to the Telmex billions. Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz swapped mud and sand for asphalt and sunshine. And class act Luca di Montezemolo timed his appearance perfectly, just as Ferrari delivered a popular win.
Felipe Massa meets up with footballing countryman (and fan of red) Dani Alves.
Two-times World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz catches up with nine-times WRC king Sebastian Loeb, who raced in the Porsche Supercup at the weekend and finished 11th of the 25 runners.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s visit was rewarded with a double podium and victory for the Scuderia.
Bernie Ecclestone thanks Santander chairman Emilio Botin for all the lovely money.
So important no one dares make fun of his moustache, Mercedes’ biggest cheese Dieter Zetsche gets a progress report from non-exec director Niki Lauda. While in Spain, Zetsche also appears to have come to a truce with Mr E. Delta Topco has appointed Daimler’s CFO Bodo Uebber to the board.