So, back at the swimming pool, which is normally hidden by grandstands and swept past by cars and tv cameras alike….
This is what you would expect to see if you peered over the fencing.
This is the entrance to the swimming pool. Looking back, the yellow awnings are the Tabac corner, Sainte-Devote is through the elevated road bridge and the RAC Club is the shorter white building with the turquoise awnings over the windows.
Here’s the exit to the swimming pool complex with the Grimaldi Palace on the hilltop in the distance with its commanding view over the harbour. The cream wall with the low arches is the support for the promenade which is where the pit complex is constructed. If you were standing here during the GP you would barely be able to see any of the buildings in front of the hill through the pit buildings and grandstands.
The low arches aren’t real that low due to the fact that they are built on a lower level and contain more of Monaco’s retail opportunities. The barriers are erected at the edge of the kerbing in front of the shops and galleries housed under the arches. In the distance, just to the right of the flatbed truck is the Rascasse…..
…. which, apparently was the scene of much revelry and high-jinks in the days of Hill, Stewart and Hunt. To the right of the Rascasse, up on the promenade where the pitlane lives, they are erecting a funfair which is a very popular annual event
This is the very tight right hander where, a few of years ago a certain Herr Schumacher ‘parked’ his car thereby ruining Alonso’s lap in the dying seconds of qualifying. It leads into the short incline that…..
…. contains the pitlane entrance. In the middle of this photo there is a statue commemorating Fangio.
I’m not sure if this statue and traffic island is removed for the GP but I can’t remember seeing it on the tv coverage
This view would seem to indicate that it isn’t removed as it appears to live inside the corner. It’s here that Massa was sliding around in yesterday’s qualifying trying to get maximum drive out onto the start/finish straight.
Which is anything but straight. So from here it’s just about 4 seconds before the cross the line and it all starts again and again and again…..
Time to finish this off with a few random shots……
Impressive silverware on display at the Automobile Club halfway along the start finish straight.
Furniture as Art… in the Metropole shopping centre.
Impressive old buildings
outnumbered by not so impressive stuff……
Pitlane from the Grandstand opposite. This was taken in the days of refuelling stops which compensated, at least in this grandstand, for the lack of visibility of the cars travelling at warp speed on the track in front of it.
Not long to go now, it should be an 'interesting' the race.