F1 Fever Hits Melbourne

March 15, 2007 | By Robert Cianflone | Creative

Well, it’s that time of year again, as the FI circus comes to Melbourne. This year will be the first time since 1991 that Michael Schumacher’s name will not appear on the starting list. This year also brings with it new rules, new teams, new drivers and the return of the slick tyre.

As this is the first race of the year, in terms of photography, it is one of the busiest as we have to shoot stock imagery of all of the drivers and cars for a variety of clients. We always plan ahead as to what parts of the track we cover to get the best possible pictures of the cars and scenery. I can’t wait until Friday morning when the ear splitting sound of the F1 engines roars to life. Bring it on!

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Spectators climb the fence on the pit straight after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on April 2, 2006. Fans will storm the track straight after the race to get the best vantage point of seeing their heroes on the podium.

 

 

 

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Fernando Alonso of Spain is lifted onto the shoulders of the Renault team principal of Flavio Briatore (R) as they celebrate winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on April 2, 2006.

 

 

 

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Fernando Alonso of Spain drives his Renault – a blur of speed – as he makes his way onto the main straight during qualifying prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on April 1, 2006. On the final corner some of the cars are only inches away from the wall, in fact Schumacher hit the wall last year. You can feel the rust of air as the cars fly by.

 

 

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Fernando Alonso of Spain and the Renault team is pictured in the pit paddock prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 30, 2006. The pit paddock is always a hive of activity, and is a good place to shoot portraits of the drivers and team members as they relax in the paddock complex. Celebrities can also be seen in the paddock as they mingle with the drivers.

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The city of Melbourne makes a great back drop during the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

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  • Telly

    Hey there,

    I am a huge fan of Getty Images. Have a few friends actually working there in London, Camden Town. Just wanted to pay my respects. Am more than excited about this year’s F1 especially now that Schumi is not gonna bore us with an 8th title!

    Fingers crossed for Alonso! Someone with that much speed has to win the title!

    Check out Alonso!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtYE8TUXZi8