• Jun 8, 2008


Click for photos from the Canadian GP in our hi-res gallery

Formula One racing is one hell of a spectacle. Although other forms of motorsport, like NASCAR and Le Mans-style endurance racing, hold large fan bases, F1 - at times in spite of itself - remains the favorite for racing fans around the world. Since the cancelation of the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, there remains just one Formula One race in North America: the perrenial Canadian Grand Prix, held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. That's why when the opportunity arose to visit Montreal in the summer, we timed our visit around the grand prix weekend.

Much to our continued frustration, however, the various powers that be in charge of F1 racing deemed us unworthy of a solitary press pass to cover the race weekend for you, our growing readership that numbers over 5 million monthly. After three months of jumping through hoops of red tape (and every loophole we could find) with the FIA, Formula One Management and the race organizer's office, our application was unceremoniously rejected. With our flight out set for after race weekend and stranded without a ticket, our friends at Ferrari North America were kind enough to give us a ticket at least for the Friday practice session. So we packed up the camera - and an umbrella - and headed out to rain-soaked Isle St Helene to check out the action. What we came away with, from our brief foray into motorsport photography, is a deep reverance for skill. Not just on part of the drivers, engineers and strategists that comprise the teams - theirs we already knew to be as unfathomably atmospheric as the compression inside their 20,000 rpm masterpieces. But for professional motorsport photographers, who manage to capture the breakneck fast-paced action in still frames. Of course it helps when you have one of those spiffy FIA-issued vests that gives you access to the best vantage points, but just the same, we'll contemplate those skills a little longer next time before turning the page of our favorite racing mag. As for our modest attempts at joining their ranks, you can see the results in the high-resolution gallery by clicking the thumbnails below, and stay tuned for our recap of the race.

Photos Copyright ©2008 Noah Joseph / Weblogs, Inc.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys really didn't miss much. The Canadians will always put on good show, but f1 is a tough sell in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you expect for the podium that happened of this race or were you too busy criticizing it to watch? All racing series have generally expected results. It is RARELY a shock
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wish F1 was more popular here, maybe one day.
        (Then again it could just be history)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because F1 is uncompetitive and boring.

        Chances are you already know who's winning from the begining. You're like, attending something only to be spoiled about how it's going to end in the begining.

        And it's not derby-esque enough for Americuhhhh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        its probably because the americans are obsessed with ovals
      • 6 Years Ago
      I attended all three days and just got back from the race. I was really disappointed about the cancellation of the USGP, but Canada was well worth the trip. Watch this race ASAP!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This post was from the Friday practice session. We didn't ruin the race results. As always, those will be posted - after the race (we've got ESPN, not ESP) - with the "spoiler alert" warning for the TiVo crowd.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, buncha stiffs on here.

        The race is being broadcast live, and it's only half over (I'm watching it). You couldn't have spoiled it if you wanted to.

        I was making fun of all the complaining that has broken out over race coverage over the last two weeks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks a lot, I had this on TiVo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Your joke detectors are haywire.

        It was a joke. There are no results in the article, let alone in the title, which was what people were complaining about so loudly.

        How could I be serious that this spoiled my enjoyment of the race when there are no results? Is the fact that the cars have 20,000 rpm redlines (not actually true) a spoiler?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Whatever
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because he loves to bitch on a free blog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm. ING is running an ad with their car and their driver (Alonso) in it. F1 is picking up on NASCAR-style advertising and promoting their drivers more.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And it's strange that they choose Alonso, the prick who no one likes anymore. What a hot head- he makes such stupid moves while he's trying to pass that it's becoming predictable that he'll crash.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He can however get in and out of the pits without crashing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I attended all three days and just got back from the race. I was really disappointed about the cancellation of the USGP, but Canada was well worth the trip. Watch this race ASAP!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i miss the molson indy in vancouver :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry for the repeats guys. The connection here is on the blink.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No Villeneuve, no F1.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You could have turned your camera to Crescent street ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I attended all three days and just got back from the race. I was really disappointed about the cancellation of the USGP, but Canada was well worth the trip. Watch this race ASAP!
      • 6 Years Ago
      D'oh! The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is on Île Notre-Dame. Île Sainte-Hélène was the home to Expo 67.
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