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Formula 1: Difficult return trip from China
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F ernando Alonso and Felipe Massa:

After the Chinese GP, Ferrari had been looking for a solution for the team and driver to fly home for a long time. The first plans to charter your own plane were quickly discarded due to strict Chinese laws. Out of consideration for their own sponsor 'Etihad Airways', the Italians declined the offer of a flight from Lotus team boss and Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes. Before the team management found a solution for the team, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa went with 'Emirates' via Dubai to Nice. On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Raffaella and her newborn son Felipinho welcomed Massa with joy.

Incidentally, Robert Kubica, Pedro de la Rosa, Sebastian Buemi, Giancarlo Fisichella and Tonio Liuzzi to Europe. However, it is not known whether the F1 stars formed a car pool from Nice.

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1 King Michael Schumacher and Crown Prince Sebastian Vettel also had to look around for an alternative after night flights were canceled on Sunday. Bernie Ecclestone once again appeared as the savior in an emergency. The Formula 1 boss took the German superstars with him in his private machine. At the small private airport 'Biggin Hill', 20 kilometers south of London, the excursion with 'Mr. E' was over.

Timo Glock:

Timo Glock had been waiting for a flight to Istanbul all Monday in Shanghai, when a new solution opened up at the airport . Two Lufthansa planes were suddenly ready to fly stranded F1 tourists to Germany. Glock just got a seat and landed in Frankfurt on Tuesday morning. The Mercedes-DTM squad around race director Norbert Haug and the two drivers Paul di Resta and Gary Paffet also got there in time for the season opener at Hockenheim.

Nick Heidfeld:

Mercedes substitute driver Nick Heidfeld left Shanghai on Saturday before the start of the race. However, the German was initially stranded in Dubai until the European airspace was partially opened again.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button:

Lewis Hamilton was from the whole Flight chaos hardly affected. The McLaren star traveled directly from China to South Africa for an advertising campaign. Teammate Jenson Button also let himselfDon't worry and after his victory rewarded himself with a few days of vacation with his girlfriend Jessica Michibata.

Heikki Kovalainen:

Lotus boss Tony Fernandes brought his team out of the country with his own Air Asia plane. However, the flight to Malaysia was only a short trip. Heikki Kovalainen used the time to visit the Air Asia headquarters. On Tuesday there was a short-term opportunity to fly home to Europe. The Finn had actually already made plans for a game of golf.

Nico Rosberg:

While teammate Schumacher floated above the clouds with Ecclestone, Nico Rosberg enjoyed the sweet beach life in Thailand. He took the opportunity for an extended vacation. Even before the Grand Prix, the Wiesbaden man had allowed himself a few days in the sun. Now he waits until the situation has calmed down again.

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg


Rubens Barrichello flew around the ash cloud over Europe and set out on a 25- hour trip to his Brazilian homeland. His Williams team-mate Nico Hülkenberg arrived in Zurich and made his way to Germany with his trainer. It is not known whether he has now reached his home in Oxford.

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