This being the week of Rosbergmania, especially in Germany, let’s have a look at Nico’s Dad, Keijo “Keke” Rosberg, in full yellow (ICI Fibres) regalia at Hockenheim, 1984. That’s Alan Henry and Nigel Roebuck in the background; both of them, to this day, remain close friends with Keke. Note Keke’s attention to detail: he was always immaculate. When he wasn’t in race kit he was usually seen either in a Hard Rock “Save the Planet” leather bomber jacket (long before the rest of the world discovered them) or with something from Etienne Aigner or MCM. Nor is it difficult to see from where Nico’s yellow colour-coding (helmet, gloves, etc) originates. Continuing the Rosberg theme, how about the shot below for good measure? I took this at the Kyalami Ranch, South Africa, also in 1984. Alain Prost’s reading L’Equipe; Nelson Piquet Jnr’s Mum, Sylvia, is walking out of picture in the red bikini; ace photojournalist, Jeff Hutchinson, is thinking about his next story for Autosport; and Nico’s Mum (also walking) and Dad can be seen to Jeff’s left.
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In the meantime – again, in case you haven’t seen it – have a look at the episode below. We filmed it on the Wednesday before Silverstone at LotusF1’s headquarters in Oxfordshire with the support of Avanade, the IT systems company. This is a good example, I think, of an F1 partner company using digital media to tell a story that you wouldn’t necessarily see or hear on the conventional platforms. I enjoyed, too, the chat with Alan Permayne. Which reminds me: if you haven’t yet joined the F1 Racing magazine Global Fan Community, then you should do so now. GFC members will be given exclusive opportunities to ask questions of our featured guests – and to be in the running for some great prizes. The winner from this interview was Mr Colin Bowett, from the UK. His question to Alan: “Do you think it’s odd that Kimi doesn’t do a track walk on Thursdays?” Some excellent LotusF1 merchandise will now be coming Colin’s way. You can join the GFC by going to the appropriate link published in the latest edition of F1 Racing.