Ralf shakes off hacks but not ennui

The Diary had a brush with fame this week as it went visor-to-visor with Germany’s second-best racing driver, Ralf Schumacher.

Journalists were invited to challenge Ralf in a virtual race around Silverstone, organised by Compaq. Ralf duly arrived, but his face suggested: “I’m contractually obliged to be here. Please don’t touch or talk to me.”

His icy Teutonic demeanour only cracked when his terminal crashed and he announced it was “kaput”. Sadly, no Formula One-style fires erupted inside the PC.

Needless to say Ralf gave the hacks a sound thrashing before leaving, probably to sunbathe on a yacht in Monte Carlo. Then again, the chances of any of us hacks winning were as remote as Ralf’s of beating his older, better brother to the Championship.

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