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On Friday I was a guest of Sun Microsystems in the McLaren
This was one of four McLaren rooms in suites in the
second floor of the garage buildings. Sun had about 30 people
there on Friday. An attentive staff served lunch at 2 pm after
the second F1 practice session of the day.
John Loiacono, our host, on the right with a guest. John and
I talked for about a half-hour about the Sun/McLaren relationship.
Sun sells McLaren computing systems and participates in their
technical partner program. "We don't do this for logo exposure,"
John told me. "Our logo is barely invisible. They're on
the rear-view mirrors. But we can use McLaren hospitality to
give provide a unique experience for Sun employees, suppliers,
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the suite proved perfect for
snapshots of the cars in pitlane. This is an Arrows.
Crewmembers push a BAR car back into the garage. When the
cars came into pitlane they would stop for about 8 seconds and
then do a short burnout simulating a pitstop.
This is a shot of that same car. They have covers over the
front wing elements but you can see the sculpted suspension links
and the horizontal fins on either side of the nose.
A Benetton on pit lane.
A Williams with Ralf in the seat.
Eddie Irvine in a Jaguar.
Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari.