It’s an F1 frenzy at Ebace this year with no less than three different drivers putting in an appearance to fulfill various obligations.
He’s buying a couple of aircraft and also announced his intention to set up a charter business.
Next is former world champion Kimi Raikonnen, keeping the boys at Piaggio happy with an appearance at their stand to do a bit of autograph signing.
Unfortunately for the waiting press Kimi was running two hours late.
Apparently, there were no free slots at Geneva Airport for him to land so he flew into Zurich and drove down (presumably not in his Ferrari F1 car.
And last but not least was Bombardier’s chap Lewis Hamilton, who was guest of honour at an intimate Bombardier dinner, helping to promote Bombardier’s Year of Learjet campaign.
All this has led to discussion as to just why aviation and F1 are such good bed fellows. Maybe it’s because the drivers are big users of biz jets to get round the circuit.
Maybe it’s that the lifestyle of these rich thrill-seekers inevitably leads some of them into the piloting world. Or possibly it’s just that aviation and racing driving simply attract the same kind of people who are into speed and technology wrapped up in a glam lifestyle.