Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz – with a little help from The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs – got an up-close look at the Sauber Formula One team Friday during practice sessions for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Diaz, along with friend and fellow Swiss native Damien Brunner of the Detroit Red Wings, visited the Sauber garage.
“I didn’t expect this,” Diaz (above right in photo with Brunner and Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez) told Stubbs while sipping a coffee in the Sauber paddock’s hospitality area during the day’s second of two F1 practice sessions.
“You don’t see this many things when you watch the races on TV. You see the cars and maybe a shot of them in the (pit) box, but what the team has to do to set up the car is unbelievable.
“The engineers were telling us about the sensors in the cars that analyze everything. It’s so impressive to see that.”
Said Brunner: “It’s amazing, walking in there, seeing what’s behind the scenes. There are so many details. It’s crazy what’s going on backstage. It’s pretty cool to get to see all that stuff.”
Neither Diaz nor Brunner had attended any part of a Grand Prix before, and both will be back Saturday for the third practice round and qualifying session as guests of Sauber, a natural connection given that the team is based in Switzerland.
(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)