Battle of the F1 billionaires! Jeff Bezos jumps on the McLaren pit wall, while Elon Musk tours rival Red Bull ahead of the Miami Grand Prix
- Musk was spotted chatting with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner
- During FP3, Bezos reportedly sat on the McLaren wall to talk to the drivers
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The Miami Grand Prix is guaranteed to attract the rich and famous, but before the big race is even underway, it has already caught the attention of two extremely wealthy famous faces.
Elon Musk took a break from his Twitter overhaul this weekend to fly to South Florida for the Miami Grand Prix.
Ahead of FP3, the Tesla boss was spotted chatting with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on Saturday.
While holding his son in his arms, Musk appeared to have taken a tour of the current Constructor Championship leader’s garage.
The SpaceX chief was seen trying on headphones, with Horner watching.
Elon Musk (second right) touring the Red Bull garage with Sergio Perez, Christian Horner and Max Verstappen (LR)
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was also spotted at the track with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez
Horner revealed that Musk was there at the invitation of Larry Ellison, executive chairman of the team’s title sponsor, Oracle.
“We talked about batteries, regeneration and so on. Great to have them here this weekend,” he told Sky Sports.
However, the 51-year-old was not the only billionaire in the paddock. Not to be outdone, Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was also spotted at the Miami International Autodrome.
But Bezos wasn’t hanging out with the favourites, but rather one of the weekend’s underdogs, McLaren.
The billionaire was picked up by TV cameras working on the team’s pit wall alongside McLaren engineers.
Musk appeared to have been given a tour of the Red Bull garage together with team boss Horner
Bezos was spotted working on the team’s pit wall alongside McLaren engineers
The Amazon chief chatted with McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown and engineers ahead of FP3
It seems that McLaren CEO Zak Brown has even stepped down to give Bezos a chair on the wall.
But some Formula 1 fans have pointed out that Bezos could have split allegiances with Amazon’s IT services company AWS which sponsors Ferrari.
However, not everyone was happy to see the two billionaires storm their way into the sport.
“Team bosses pandering to celebs and Elon Musk, Zak Brown fluffing a pillow for Bezos on the McLaren pit wall, empty grandstands, a lousy track and another boring race that seems inevitable due to a substandard surface. Welcome to Miami,” another fan ranted.