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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 May, 2004, 19:24 GMT 20:24 UK
Jags and gems in Monaco
Bridget Hall with the newly-liveried Jaguar R5
Diamonds are a girls best friend: model Bridget Hall with the Jaguar

Jaguar are sure to sparkle in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after embedding more than 1m worth of diamonds in their Formula One cars.

Each of the team's cars has a cut gem, measuring about 1cm across, positioned in the nose cone as part of a one-off sponsorship deal for the glamour highlight of the F1 season.

Jaguar will run a third car in Thursday's free practice and teams usually bring an extra car to the Principality because of the risk of accidents on the tight street circuit.

Team sources said the gems were insured for more than 1m.

There is also a 'bag of spares' in case any were lost in crashes.

"Fans won't just be looking for bits of rubber on the track this year if that happens," said one anonymous team member.

Jaguar also expect to outdo their rivals in the glamour stakes after tying up another deal with Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub to promote his 'Ocean's 12' movie scheduled for release in December.

The team will carry branding for the film on the cars, mechanics' overalls and shirts.

Members of the cast - including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt with his wife Jennifer Aniston - are expected to attend Sunday's race, with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing.


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