The view from Fer­nando Alonso’s hel­met be­fore a start


What Fer­nando Alonso can see through his vi­sor, pre-race

This is An­drew Salt, Alonso’s front-end me­chanic. He’s mak­ing his nal checks on the car and is tight­en­ing an aerial on the front of the mono­coque.

Here is one of the many FOM cam­era­men sup­ply­ing the live footage that gets spliced into the world feed and broad­cast glob­ally.

This FIA scru­ti­neer is check­ing tyre pres­sures and mak­ing sure teams aren’t mak­ing il­le­gal modications to their cars.

Pres­i­dent of Honda R&D, Yoshiyuki Mat­sumoto, is look­ing at the 11th-placed Re­nault of Nico Hülken­berg. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the two Honda chiefs is Zak Brown, who is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the McLaren Tech­nol­ogy Group. The other head hon­cho is Masashi Ya­mamoto who is gen­eral man­ager of the mo­tor­sport de­part­ment at Honda.

Stand­ing with the front jack is num­ber one me­chanic Marc Cox. Be­hind ‘Coxy’ is the Rolex grid girl hold­ing Alonso’s grid marker.

Keep­ing a close eye on the Honda bosses and the McLaren team (with his cam­era) is Tsuyoshi Fukui, the chief editor of the Ja­panese For­mula 1 magazine F1 Sokuho.

It’s not just Sky Sports’ Martin Brun­dle who does grid walks; re­port­ing live for Fox Sports Latin Amer­ica is Juan Fos­saroli, seen here in­ter­view­ing Ser­gio Pérez.

Alonso’s race en­gi­neer Mark Tem­ple is mon­i­tor­ing ev­ery­thing on the car and uses his stop­watch to en­sure ev­ery as­pect of the start­ing pro­ce­dure is fol­lowed to the sec­ond.

The 600mm and 300mm lenses and trusty Billing­ham bag be­long to LAT pho­tog­ra­pher Charles ‘TooTall’ Coates, who will re­trieve them from the side of the track be­fore he heads down to the rst cor­ner.

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