Paddock gossip from Korea - Part II

Stephan Heublein

Bernie Ecclestone, who turns 80 next Thursday, has received a very special birthday gift from Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner – a Rollator walking aid that has been kitted out and tuned in characteristic Red Bull style. Bernie saw the funny side, and Sebastian said with his customary grin: "He's so fit that he doesn't need it."

There is no end in sight to the stories that are emerging about the 'love hotels' that were used to accommodate the F1 posse in Korea. An Italian reporter wrote that his room was evidently rented out during his absence at the track for its original purpose. Whereupon the mayor of Mokpo apologised in person with a nice bouquet of flowers...