La Dolca Vita - Monaco GP 2009

La Dolca Vita - Monaco GP 2009 It doesn't get much better than this. A promise of glorious sunshine during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. Brilliant...

The Principality has to be one of the most unique sporting events of the year. In a sport where safety has become the mantra of the governing body, here we are at a race track where the drivers ride their steeds around the rollercoaster that is Monaco, kissing the barriers along the way, while up above and to the left and to the right, the world's wealthy quaff on Dom Perignon while marvelling at the beauty of their female companion and her friends, while their rather expensive motor car looks on. You are never more than a few feet away any of this, which is why we all love Monaco.

As photographers, we are very lucky to be able to stand trackside and this is no more appreciated than at the exit of Casino Square and the entry to the Swimming Pool complex. Standing at the exit of Casino Square as the cars power their way down to Mirabeau is such a wonderful buzz. This year with the new technical regulations, the cars are so loose you never know who's going to kiss your part of the barrier. The giveaway being the pressure drop as the offending car tries to take you with it all the way back to where you were. As for the Swimming Pool, it's pure physics in action. Create enough speed, you create enough downforce to ride the kerbs with the grace of a ballerina, get it wrong, and you've a big hangover to deal with. I still find it a real treat to see the cars dance with the Devil here...

I have to admit, it's getting a tad boring watching the Brawns win everything at the moment, but the way Jenson is enjoying it, all is forgiven. His performance around Monaco was faultless. Taking his time to dial the car in over the weekend, it took him until Q3 to get everything to his liking, then he nailed it...

There are times when you need to get away from the constant sound of F1 cars storming the ramparts, so a slow meandering stroll along the coast to the beach next to Le Meridien Beach Plaza around 5pm is a must. A cool beer as the sea drifts into its evening hue as the yachts begin their metamorphosis into 'ladies of the night' as the sun slowly leaves us for the day is also a real treat.

I hope the ladies of the night don't disappoint...

To enjoy my images from the Monaco Grand Prix, please visit the formula 1 section of my site and select Monaco.

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