I never fail to get a thrill of excitement when I enter the paddock on race day, and this morning was no exception. I'm not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but despite having to get up at 5:30am to get in on time, I still got that electric tingle as we arrived at the gate. Here's a few of my (poorly shot) photos to give you an idea of why.
Jerez' "Flying Saucer" VIP restaurant over the main straight. A beautiful sight this early in the morning
Sunrise over Pons corner at Jerez
A paddock ...
... full of ...
... race trucks ...
... at Jerez
The second most popular paddock pastime: having your photo taken with umbrella girls
Scooters, the paddock's workhorse. Used to carry absolutely everything around. Sometimes even people.
Welcome to the future: The Red Bull Rookies wander round the paddock.
One of the many charming young ladies taking VIP groups around the paddock
The most nervous people in the paddock. In a few minutes, they are due to go out on ...
Ducati's two-seater, with Randy Mamola.
Another use for a race truck: as the location for a TV interview