It's amazing how time flies when you're...busy! Seems like yesterday I was taking 3 flights back to Heathrow London from Punta Del Este. I was unable to attend round 4 of the championship at Buenos Aires, but super sub Dan Bathie took my place and did a sterling job!
So...the North American leg of the championship is done and there is a lot to talk about as we head into Europe. Miami and Long Beach may be in the same country, but thats where the similarities stop, in a nutshell, Miami was a logistical nightmare, Long Beach...was a walk in the park...or the beach so to speak.
One thing is for certain, the distance between the media centre and the garages seems to be growing with every race. On average it took me 10 minutes to get from the media centre to the team garages at both tracks, not ideal when you're carrying your bodyweight in camera equipment.
Nothing could beat the Miami media centre however, we were all situated smack in the middle of the American Airlines Arena, which is home to the Miami Heat basketball team! I didn't know whether to shoot hoops or edit my images.
The usual suspects were in force in the pit lane, I still take too many pictures of Jaime Alguersuari, I hang around the Edams garage too much, I almost got run over by a few golf buggies, I'm always 1st in and last out at the media centre, the list is endless. It was great having both races won by teams I shoot for, which may lengthen my day a bit, but its worth it to document the celebrations that follow.
Highlights of the North American leg have to be working alongside the FIA to have my shots published in the official FIA magazine 'Auto' (blog entry on its way soon), taking shots of Nico and his wife after the Miami race, sleeping for 3 hours trackside before 1st practice at Miami as the track wasn't ready & the session was delayed from 8am-11am, shooting in a proper pit lane in Long Beach & almost meeting Leonardo Di Caprio!
All in all the championship is going really well, with some fantastic racing happening up and down the field, feedback is great and interest is growing, which is exactly what any sports needs in its 1st year. Drivers and engineers are a lot more approachable now as most of them follow me on twitter & as long as I make them look good, they don't mind striking a pose for me. All I can say is thank God the long haul flights are over, the next race is Monaco and its 2.5 hours via Easyjet...that'll do nicely!