The 2011 Monaco Grand Prix wrapped up on Sunday night, May 29, in Monte Carlo after a weekend of fashion shows and celebrity sightings. 23-year-old Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel, who had started in pole position, won the event, his fifth first-place finish in six races. The weekend had seen multiple accidents on Monaco’s notoriously tight, urban course.
"It’s a street circuit through one of the smallest cities in the world which on a normal business day is itself tiny and congested. And then they decide to put a race track in the middle of it. It creates something you haven’t really experienced before," said Matt Halliday, a New Zealand driver who drove the Bertaud Belieu car in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup earlier that day, a supporting race to the main Formula One event.
On Friday, May 27, designer Matthew Williamson staged a fashion show at the Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel as part of an Amber Lounge nightclub event benefiting the 2011 Special Olympics. Kim Kardashian (showing off her reported $2 million engagement ring) and new fiancé Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets set off an explosion of flashbulbs at the event, which also saw 10 Formula 1 drivers modeling suits by London tailor Shipton White and a performance by Taio Cruz. H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco also attended with fiancée Charlene Wittstock. Tweeted Kardashian: "Backstage at the Matthew Williamson fashion show! He is amaze! Prince Albert & Charlene here too! About 2 go on stage! I always get nervous."
On Sunday night after the race, Halliday and his fiancée Jessica Meisels of Fingerprint Communications had dinner with the newly engaged Kardashian and Humphries. "We talked about a double wedding but we’re obviously not going to do that," said Meisels. Other names spotted in town were Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, record producer Stuart Price and Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson.