One of the supposed highlights of Formula One is the prevalence of celebrities who attend the race as guests of the teams and their sponsors. Why these generally wealthy individuals need free tickets to an event like this has always eluded this simple punter, who has on a number of occasions paid plenty of money to get either drenched or sunburnt in the temporary stands at Albert Park.
Of these freebie seeking celebs one little Aussie has taken the GP mooch to new heights, our very own Dannii Minogue.
Dannii made herself a regular part of the BAR Honda Pit in the late 90’s and early 2000’s courtesy of her then fiancé Jacques Villenueve. Dannii’s effect on Jacques’ career are well documented and even their eventual separation couldn’t resuscitate the former World Champion’s chances in F1.
Somehow, however, Dannii’s association with the Honda race team hasn’t been terminated with the same brutality that Jacques was and she continues to find herself as a guest of theirs in the GP Paddock. I can only imagine that Craig Pollock is sitting somewhere in the world, desperate for someone from Honda to return his calls, so that he can warn them about the Dannii effect on the race team.
But this isn’t the main reason for my post today. I wanted to touch once again on the sisterly love that has been so well documented between the Minogue sisters. During yesterday’s telecast of the Formula One, one of Channel Ten’s intrepid reporters tracked down Dannii and went through the normal nonsense that these encounters are made up of, “Are you enjoying yourself?”, “How much do you love Melbourne” and the obligatory “So what are you doing at the moment?”.
Dannii, however, has since the beginning of her career always had to deal with an additional question to deal with “What’s Kylie up to at the moment?”. Yesterday Dannii told the reporter all about Kylie’s new found love for F1, which had been developed due to her own involvement, and finished up with this pearler (I’m paraphrasing) “But I don’t think that she’d be up at four in the morning watching from London.”
Ah, sisterly love. Nice to see that they keep in touch.