VIEW FROM THE COCKPIT
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 modications 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.