VIDEO: Where to get the best shots at Monaco GP

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If you were a Formula 1 photographer, where would you get your best pictures at the Monaco Grand Prix? We have the terrific honor of working again this year with Kym Illman and he takes you on a tour of the Monaco circuit and tells you where he gets his best shots.

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jiji the cat

nice share, thanks. Can’t believe the photographers are actually aloud to get that close.

sunny stivala

In Monaco everything and everybody is close “JamesAllen just tweeted” “RT@USBF1:the MonacoGP is run by volunteers” interesting tweets/photos of how close everything is in Monaco.

jakobusvdl

Ver-crash-en, has upped his game getting his contact in early. That’s Grosjean on the list, a nice wee tag at the hairpin in FP2.
Is he going to start upping his scoring rate and start hitting more than one other driver per race weekend?
That will give Kym something to look out for

sunny stivala

Have you followed the reversing onto the racing line story and stewards verdict?. I am starting to believe that this here kid is never going to learn, or better put, not being given a chance to learn. till we see a big accident that is. Have you been following the FERRARI cheating Frenzy? It looks like there is no doubt now that “When FERRARI wins they must be cheating and When Mercedes wins they have designed a superior car”.

MIE

Perhaps when Mercedes win it is because Ferrari have changed their previously dominant car, and they made an error?

Ferrari changed their rear suspension geometry in Spain, and coincidentally suffered high rear tyre degradation.

https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/136256/ferrari-to-try-old-suspension-again-in-practice

There is no suggestion in this story of Ferrari cheating, just that their update may not have had the desired effect.

sunny stivala

In Spain FERRARI introduced a new rear upper wishbone, in Monaco FERRARI is still using their latest rear upper wishbone, plus Raikkonen is still using his Spain ICE. Both Haas and both Saubers will be using PU number 2 in Monaco.

That FERRARI cheats when winning is automatic logic for both those at autosports as well as those at SKY.

jiji the cat

ha, they’re all cheats, Merc Ferrari, Red Bull, even Mclaren. But when McLaren cheat it benefits the others.

jakobusvdl

Ha ha, good call Jiji.

jakobusvdl

I was surprised that there was no sanction on Ver-crash-en for the reversing incident.
As you say, it looks like he gets to operate to a different set of rules, and they seem to be reinforcing a reckless mindset in the young charger.
I haven’t been following the ‘Ferrari cheating’ story, I need to get up to speed on that.

subcritical71

Thanks for posting this. I have always been amazed in this day and age that 1) F1 still races here, 2) the photogs are allowed to get in the positions they do to capture their shots. It seems all the modern day ‘rules’ are broken at Monaco. This track walk showed me that they get even closer than I thought! A job well done to Kym.

subcritical71

NC, FYI. I wanted to re-listen to the podcast you did with Kym and found the Soundcloud link on the main page is still pointing to formula1blog which Soundcloud no longer likes.

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MIE

Photographers can get this close to the cars with only a hi-viz vest for safety equipment, yet the driver’s need a halo.

I am not against safety, and I don’t want the photographers’ to be stuck inside a metal cage, I just think there are better ways of preventing objects of all sizes flying through the air which would improve the safety for everyone at the circuit. However with the recent F2 incident it is likely that the halo is here to stay.

jakobusvdl

Apart from the locations on the inside of a corner, those photographer locations were all behind barriers, fences, and peering out though halo sized slots.
So it looks like they are ‘safe’ positions.
If I were a driver, I’d be more concerned about a photographer dropping one of those hulking great lenses that they hang out through the fences, or over the armco.

jiji the cat

at least we know know what rogro’s next excuse will be….”i was avoiding a bloody camera lens. it was the lens that pushed me into the wall!”

jakobusvdl

Sad, but probably true.
I’m really unhappy that we seem to be witnessing Grosjean’s spiral down and out of F1. A track like Monaco is more than likely to catch out a driver who is down on confidence, so we could well see that excuse coming out.