Inside the glamorous life of F1 WAGs ahead of the Bahrain GP
THEY literally live in the fast lane – so it’s no wonder Formula 1 stars all have very glamorous off-track lifestyles too.
As the new season kicks off in Bahrain this weekend, Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez will no doubt have their stunning wives and girlfriends cheering them on.
Here we take a closer look at the talented and glamorous partners behind the pilots…
Max Verstappen’s girlfriend, Kelly Piquet
Max, 24, a Red Bull champion driver, is much loved by 33-year-old Brazilian model and journalist Kelly Piquet.
Max went public with their relationship on New Year’s Day last year, sharing a romantic photo of them together on a beach in Brazil, although they are thought to have been an item since October 2020.
Even before dating Max, Kelly had strong ties to Formula 1 racing, as she is the daughter of three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet and Dutch model Sylvia Tamsma.
Nelson drove for Ensign, McLaren and Brabham before moving to Williams, where he won his last championship in 1987, beating teammate Nigel Mansell.
Kelly was previously in a relationship with Russian driver Daniil Kvyat, and the former couple share a young daughter.
The stunning model has a whole series of advertising deals on social media, with Pepe Jeans and silver jewelery brand APM Monaco.
Charlotte Sine, companion of Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc, 24, and Charlotte, 22, an architecture student, went official in December 2019 with a series of beloved ski vacation snaps.
The student declared fellow Monegasque Charles as “the only one” and her “everything”.
Charlotte is also an influencer with over 409,000 Instagram followers and she speaks three languages - French, English and Italian.
Sara Pagliaroli, Lance Stroll’s girlfriend
Aston Martin Lance driver, 23, is dating stunning Italian model Sara Pagliaroli, 27.
She was spotted cheering on her Canadian-Belgian guy from trackside at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last year.
The couple also attended the James Bond world premiere in London, with Sara beaming in a shimmering gold dress.
Sara, who has 169,000 Instagram followers, launched her jewelry brand blue lemon during confinement as a way to “express my creativity”.
Hanna Prater, Sebastian Vettel’s wife
German racing driver Sebastian Vettel, 34, met his childhood sweetheart Hanna Prater at school.
The couple have been together ever since and they married in 2019.
Hanna is a former industrial design student who prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
The couple reportedly live on a medieval-style farmhouse in Switzerland and have two daughters together.
Carmen Montero Mundt, George Russell’s girlfriend
Rising British F1 star George Russell, 24, is Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate this season, taking his seat at Mercedes.
He will be encouraged by his gorgeous girlfriend Carmen Montero Mundt, with whom he was spotted vacationing in St. Barts in January.
She graduated from the University of Westminster with a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance.
George was previously in a relationship between 2017 and 2019 with Seychelle de Vries – the sister of his former teammate Nick de Vries.
Miss Italy finalist
Linda Morselli, partner of Fernando Alonso
Linda Morselli, 32, is an Italian model and was one of the 30 finalists for Miss Italia in 2006.
From there, she began a television career in her native country and appeared in films including The Paramedic.
Previously, she embarked on a four-year romance with motorcycling legend Valentino Rossi, which thrust her into the limelight.
However, since 2016, Linda has been the girlfriend of two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso.
She loves skydiving and calls herself an “adventure traveler” on social media.
Esteban Ocon’s girlfriend, Elena Berri
Italian beauty Elena Berri, 23, describes herself as a “fashion lover”, a “fitness addict” and a “crypto expert” on her Instagram account, followed by 61,300 fans.
She has been dating alpine pilot Esteban Ocon, 25, since 2017 and previously studied business management in Geneva.
She is often seen cheering on her man and she regularly posts glamorous photos by the side of the track.
Katerina Berezhna, Pierre Gasly’s girlfriend
Ukrainian beauty Berezhna is dating French driver Pierre Gasly, following his split from Caterina Masetti Zannini last year.
The 22-year-old lives in Madrid and Marbella and has her own jewelry line, Imerelli Jewelry, as well as 152,000 Instagram followers.
She tends to keep her romance with Gasly low, rarely sharing snaps together.
She shared a photo of herself sitting in her boyfriend’s Alpha Tauri car after the Qatar Grand Prix.
Tiffany Cromwell, girlfriend of Valtteri Bottas
Talk about a power couple! Finnish rider Valtteri Bottas – who will ride for Alpha Romeo this season – is dating prominent road cyclist Tiffany Cromwell.
Australian Tiffany regularly competes in Grand Tours and is a Tokyo 2020 Olympian.
Valtteri, 32, clearly loves sporty women – he was previously married to Emilia Pikkarainen, a Finnish Olympic swimmer whom he had dated since 2010.
They shocked fans in 2019 when they announced they would be divorcing after three years of marriage – just days before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Carola Martinez, wife of Sergio Perez
The wife of Mexican driver Sergio Perez, 32, is Carola Martinez, 24, a relatively private socialite from Guadalajara.
The Christian couple exchanged vows on June 3, 2018, with Red Bull rider Sergio proposing the year before.
They share two children – three-year-old son Sergio Perez Jr and two-year-old daughter Carlota.
Carola regularly shares adorable family photos, including romantic wedding snaps from their big day, with her 85,700 Instagram followers.
“Too Busy for Love”
He is one of the leading men on the track, but it remains to be seen whether Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, 37, is the leading man in anyone’s life away from racing.
He had a string of high-profile romances, including his seven-year relationship with former Pussycat Doll singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Most recently he was thought to be dating model Camila Kendra, 27 – but she has since sparked romance rumors with Chelsea star Ben Chilwell.
Speaking about his love life in 2018, Lewis said, “I’m a workaholic. I don’t have time for that.