New ways for our Grand Prix stars: Lewis Hamilton has taken up golf as a hobby.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was the star attraction at the London Golf Club today (Wednesday) on the eve of the European Open.
Hamilton, who finished 12th in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, teed off in the pro-am, a traditional curtain raiser to the tournament.
The 24-year-old, who was discovered at Buckmore Park near Chatham, will be familiar with the London Club’s setting just a stone’s throw from Brands Hatch.
The European Open gets underway for real on the Heritage Course on Thursday, with a world class field including Sergio Garcia and John Daly competing for the £1.8 million prize fund.
An estimated 100,000 people are set to watch the event, which is returning to the club for the second successive year.
Lewis practiced for the event already on Monday when he stayed in Monte-Carlo for a golf match organized by two times F1 World Champion, Mika Häkkinen.
Kimi Räikkönen on the other hand tries something else: rallying again.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is set to contest yet another professional rally, his third of the year.
The 2007 F1 World Champion entered two rounds of the Finnish Rally Championship in the winter, driving a Tommi Makinen-prepared Fiat Abarth Grande Punto.
The Finnish media now reports that Raikkonen, currently 13th in the 2009 drivers’ championship, will race the same car in the Rally della Marca on the weekend between the forthcoming Monaco and Turkish Grand Prix.
Taking place in northern Italy’s Treviso region, it will be Raikkonen’s first asphalt rally.
Fresh news however tell us that Kimi’s rally has been cut very short. He retired after the third stage.