These photos were taken September 26-28, 2002.
I've been lucky enough to earn credentials for all three USGPs.
This is a shot of the media center at 7:30 am when it's almost
deserted. The facility seats about 400 and it was not full. The
Speedway is trying to make things easy for journalists which
is not done by very many racing facilities
David Couthard, Niki Lauda, Rubens Barrichello, and Juan Pablo
Montoya in the regular Thursday morning press conference. Lauda
was very forthcoming about Jaguar's problems and the ongoing
solutions. He also said the current Cosworth engine is a 72 degree
V-10 and would go to 90 degrees for next year. This is an attempt
to lower the CG of the car, which is about the only sure way
to get more grip. I was told by an engine guy that the bank angle
didn't really matter to them, they could make it just about anything.
With trade-offs of course.
Barrichello was late to the press conference and left immediately
after while the other guys gave interviews. Here's Montoya.
A close-up of an amazing man.
DC, the good soldier, does his duty.
The undisputed King of F1 enters his royal court.
Derek Daly questions Rubens Barrichello after his Friday am
crash. Either a tire or a wheel failed just before the last corner,
the Indy 500 Turn 1. I don't see how it could have been a tire
because he was on his out lap.
Montoya was very visible and approachable. Here he sits with
a group of journos. This is the area between the pit-lane garages
and the team offices behind us. Farther behind us is a row of
garages that are used for team meals. This area is open to anyone
with a paddock pass. I'm told this is very different from most
GPs where access is much more restricted.
Is he relaxed or what?
Eddie Irvine talks to an Arrows guy. It's rumored he will
drive for Arrows next year. Eddie Jordan has already rehired
Gary Andrson for his technical team so it will be like going
home to Irvine.