Tuesday 23 May 2017

Modern drivers need star quality and car quality

You have to be adept on the red carpet and the black tarmac, says David Kennedy

'Lewis Hamilton cut a forlorn figure on the loser’s podium in Monaco and he wore the pained expression of the betrayed'
'Lewis Hamilton cut a forlorn figure on the loser’s podium in Monaco and he wore the pained expression of the betrayed'

David Kennedy

In a tale of two competitions, the Côte d'Azur was a good place to be Irish last weekend. In Monaco, Status GP won the GP2 race when New Zealander Richie Stanaway clinched a maiden victory. In only our third event in the series we nailed it at the most important venue on the calendar. It was a dream result and especially impressive that Richie beat Ferrari academy and Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello.

Further up the coast in Cannes an invitation to the premier of Yorgos Lanthimo's The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, Léa Seydoux and Rachel Weisz provided a window to another world. The film was produced by Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures. Swopping team clothing for the smart dress code of a black tie ensemble was the order of the evening.

All the glamour and glitz of Monaco doesn't prepare you for the red carpet in Cannes, even if the gauntlet of photographers don't want to take your picture, but some 'fella behind ye mister' that goes by the name of Colin. The camera clicking was louder than a grid full of V6s. The film is dark, alternative, whacky and utterly unique. That it won the Jury prize at Cannes is a tremendous accolade. Well done to their team.

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