The Pits

It has always been a dream of mine to visit the pits during a Formula One race. This is, of course, quite impossible. However, David and I were invited to attend the qualifying training sessions of the 59th Monaco Grand Prix. The race itself took place on Sunday, May 27 2001, and the training sessions the day before. As it turned out, the invitation also included a visit to the stands between the last free training and the actual qualifying session! During that time, most of the big-name teams (Ferrari, Williams, McLaren...) covered up their stands, while others (Arrows, Jaguar, Sauber...) did not seem to mind the visitors. This page contains a few of the photos that were taken in the Monaco pit lane. It was really great fun to be there!


The Ferrari stands

The Ferrari stand at the entrance of the pit lane, seen from across the street


Michael Schumacher's car

World Champion Michael Schumacher's car is being prepared


Ferrari mechanics

Sneaking a "forbidden" shot


Jos Versappen's Arrows

Jos Verstappen's Arrows


Nick Heidfeld's Sauber

Nick Heidfeld's Sauber


Pedro de la Rosa's Jaguar

Pedro de la Rosa's Jaguar


The Pitlane

Even though admission is strictly controlled, the pitlane was very crowded


One of the two Minardis

One of the two Minardis


Luciano Burti's Prost

Luciano Burti's Prost


Prost race control

Prost race control


Ralf Schumacher's Williams

Ralf Schumacher's BMW-powered Williams


Jacques Villeneuve's BAR

Jacques Villeneuve's BAR


The winner!

Michael Schumacher: "only" second in training, but the winner of the race!





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