Back in 2008, I was fortunate enough to attend the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Monaco is ranked up there as one of the most prestigious races a driver and team can win. Having been a Formula One fan for the better part of a decade, I was thrilled to get to see this spectacle in person. If you’ve never seen a lap of Monaco, it is truly something to behold. This was Sebastian Vettel’s 2011 record breaking pole lap. Have a look HERE.
This coming weekend F1 returns to the streets of the gorgeous principality, and to celebrate, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos. I took these approximately one week after I was given my first DSLR. So this was before I even knew I wanted to take photos for a living, much less knew what I was doing with the camera. All the photos were taken with a Nikon D80 with a 55-200mm f5.6 lens. If only I knew what I was doing with a camera when I shot this race.
Monaco from out in the harbor. Beautiful sight.
The harbor from the Palace overlook. Dad and I watched FP3 from this vantage point.
A GP2 car enters the swimming pool complex.
Nico Rosberg in the Williams accelerates toward the swimming pool.
Heikki Kovalainen in the Mclaren Mercedes powers out of portier into the tunnel during qualifying on saturday.
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa screams along the track toward La Rascasse.
Rookie Sebastian Vettel showed his skill in the wet on a F1's narrowest and toughest circuit.
Rookie Sebastian Vettel scores points at his first time around the tight streets of Monaco!