Visitors to Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille may run into some F1 drivers in the alleys of the domain. Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean will come to the château during a break between the Italian and Singapore Grands Prix. They have been invited by Richard Mille and they will meet up with two former F1 aces, David Coulthard invited by Mercedes-Benz and Paul Belmondo, a member of the jury: there may be others.
Romain Grosjean, (31), Franco-Swiss
He was taken on by Renault during the 2009 season but messed up his debut. He had to wait until 2012 to make his comeback in the right conditions. After driving for Lotus he is now spearheading fledgling American F1 team Haas’s attack. While the man from Geneva is still chasing his first victory he has started 118 grands prix and racked up 10 podium finishes.
Felipe Massa, (36), Brazilian
He made his F1 debut with Sauber in 2002 and spent eight seasons driving for the prestigious Scuderia Ferrari (2006-2013) scoring 11 victories and filling the runner-up spot in the F1 world championship in 2008. He announced his retirement at the end of 2016, but this year he is back again for one last season at Williams. He is among the most experienced drivers in the world championship.
David Coulthard, (46), Scottish
He began his career at Williams in tragic circumstances as he replaced Ayrton Senna killed at the wheel of his Williams. In 1996, he moved to McLaren-Mercedes and he was often a title contender, in particular against Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen. David won 13 grands prix and he hung up his helmet at the end of 2008; he still makes regular appearances on the podium as commentator.
Paul Belmondo, (54), French
Jean-Paul Belmondo’s son didn’t have the career he deserved as he drove second-rate cars. He raced for March in 1992 and finished all the grand prix clinching ninth place in Hungary. He was given the role of Benetton test driver. In 1994 he drove in F1 again for the struggling Pacific team after which he set up his own outfit in endurance racing.