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GP Week : Issue 12
F1 MONACO >> SEBASTIEN Vettel is delighted at bringing home points for his Toro Rosso team on the debut of its new STR3 car. Vettel, who had started the race from 19th position following a penalty for a gearbox change necessitated by the new layout of the STR3, had put in a measured and mature drive to bring home the team’s first points since Australia. “It was fantastic, I mean I’m very happy, very pleased,” he said. “It was extremely difficult but a good result for us. The circumstances were really tough, but in the end it was all about staying on the circuit, not doing any mistakes … it was really great.” Vettel had spent much of the race fighting with the Renault of Nelson Piquet and admitted that he had been cautious of biding his time against the Brazilian. “It was really, really hard to get past, particularly when he was struggling it was becoming even more difficult. But we managed it in the end and that was important but in the end we had to be patient. I was. I’m very pleased obviously, I want to move on but in the end I’m, very happy. “It was all weekend, the first time here. It was difficult but we managed better and better. Today was very cloudy so it was hard to judge the car, so we will see in the next race and particularly at Magny Cours which is a proper circuit.” Vettel to the Metal THE Monaco Grand Prix is by far the most glamorous and star-studded of the season, and as usual 2008 saw a wealth of famous F1 fans make the journey to the Principality. One such celebrity was hip- hop megastar, producer and fashion designer P Diddy. Diddy has been a regular at the Monaco Grand Prix over the last decade, and has become an increasingly familiar sight at Grands Prix since Lewis Hamilton’s F1 debut in 2007. Diddy told GPWeek he was delighted to see Hamilton win in Monte Carlo. “It was great,” he enthused. “It was a great day to come to the races and I’m very happy that Lewis won. “I’ve been a fan of Lewis since he’s been racing [in Formula 1]. P Diddy pointed to Hamilton as a role model for young people the world over, and said that the British drivers’ successes were helping to erase racial stereotypes and boundaries. “I think it’s great. It breaks down all the colour barriers and helps to inspire people from all over the world.” Diddy’s inspiration 29