Eagle-eyed reader Tarlan brought this up.
Last Sunday, Putin drove a Renault in the St. Petersburg region. At the scene was Petrov's manager, Oksana Kosachenko. That this took place on Sunday is confirmed by Putin's official website.
But here is Kosachenko at Interlagos on Sunday at the starting grid next to her client, Vitaly Petrov.
How is this possible? St. Petersburg is six time zones ahead of Sao Paulo. The race started at 2 p.m. Sao Paulo time. The cities are 7,179 miles apart.