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Drivers enjoy another F1-free weekend

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Jul.6 (GMM) Formula one drivers have just enjoyed their second consecutive weekend without the distraction of a grand prix.

Silverstone winner Sebastian Vettel kicked off his weekend by turning 22, surrounded by his friends and family in his native Heppenheim.

It is reported in the German press that his present from his Red Bull mechanics is a new name for his new-look RB5 contender, previously called 'Kate's Dirty Sister' because it was more aggressive and easier to drive than its predecessor 'Kate'.

Rumours indicate Vettel's present will be the christening of 'Sexie Sadie': after the Beatles song containing the lyrics 'You made a fool of everyone/Sexy Sadie she's the latest and the greatest of them all'.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, was at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where he was scheduled to drive his hero Ayrton Senna's dominant 1988 McLaren.

However, the MP4/4's gearbox failed the day before Hamilton was scheduled to drive it, while Bruno Senna was at the wheel on Saturday. "I'm really disappointed," said the Briton.

Also at Goodwood were Jenson Button, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima and Timo Glock.

So too was David Coulthard, but on Sunday night the Scot was also courtside at Wimbledon, as Roger Federer won an epic four-hour final against Andy Roddick.

Elsewhere, the Paparazzi was not fooled by championship leader Jenson Button's efforts to deter them, as he entered a triathlon at Eton College under the pseudonym 'Jason Britton'.

It was there that he was asked by the Mail on Sunday to name the greatest F1 driver in history. "Me, I'm the best," he answered controversially.

Cycling fan Fernando Alonso was at Monaco, for the start of Sunday's second stage of the Tour de France.

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