Red Bulls End Of The Year Extravaganza
October 23, 2006 | 10:08 A.M. EST
You only have to do something more than once in Formula 1 for it to be regarded as a tradition, so having hosted a 2005 end-of-year party in Shanghai, Sunday night's Brazilian bash was being called the traditional Red Bull event. It was billed as a party planned to take the world and passion of football into the Formula 1 universe. Held in the famous Cicero Pompeu de Toledo Morumbi Stadium, usually home to Sao Paulo football team and its hordes of noisy supporters, on Sunday night its turnstiles clicked over to let in around two thousand paddock people: drivers, team personnel, caterers, journalists and anyone else who wanted to come along.
And if Brazil is famous for its beautiful girls, the local talent was boosted by the arrival of the 19 Formula Una girls, from all over the world, who had won the competition at their local races. The famous Samba school "Rosas de Ouro" performed on stage and as their show came to an end, it was time for Party MC, Marina Person from Brazilian MTV to announce the winner who this year is Helena, from Cologne in Germany. The twenty six year old was originally picked as the winning Una at the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring circuit. Helena is a huge F1 fan and is particularly keen on Michael Schumacher. Her prize, presented to her by the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers, is a beautiful globe trophy made especially for the occasion by the lads at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes, which opened up to reveal a very classy watch. Probably the best part of the prize is tickets for her and a friend to go on a round the world trip lasting four weeks.
"I can't believe I've been picked from all these beautiful girls," said Helena as she stepped off the stage. "It's a dream come true for me. The prize is really beautiful and I was amazed when I was shown there was an awesome watch inside. As for the trip around the world, that is maybe the best bit of all, but I have not yet had time to think where I would like to go. This has been an amazing experience and I have been looking forward to coming to Brazil, ever since I was picked at the European Grand Prix. Over these past few days I have had a wonderful time meeting so many girls from so many different countries. It has been a fantastic experience and something I will never forget."
Tonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and Robert Doornbos were there and, at the time of writing, other guests due to arrive included the newly crowned World Champion, Fernando Alonso and the seven times world champion, now retired, Michael Schumacher. Did we say "due to arrive?" Yes, because at the end of a very long season, the people who bring you all these news stories would actually like to go and have a little drink and a dance themselves! So the rest of what follows is what we think might happen later in the Sao Paulo night.
The hallowed turf that has showcased the talents of some of Brazil's greatest football players will be given over to the fancy deck work of Brazilian and English DJs who will no doubt have the crowds dancing on the pitch, thankfully covered over for the night. The most amazing aspect of the transformation from Football to Funky is the 360-degree screen that went round the entire circle of terraces showing F1 footage. As we write, there is local music too, courtesy of Samba bands and, by the end of the evening, the whole F1 paddock should be up and dancing to famous DJ, Seb Fontaine. With the noise pumping out across Morumbi into the early hours, the last partygoers will finally discover that their sweat-band invites were actually going to be useful for mopping the sweat off their brows. Next stop, Melbourne!