2000 Montreal F1 Practice
This is my second GP Practice. I have yet to see the actual race, however. Being the cheapskate I am, I elected to go up on the pratice day, which is usually the Friday before the race. Tickets are cheap, and you can sometimes find scalpers selling tickets for under face value. This is the day teams are getting final settings ready for qualifying the next day. There are also practice sessions for the supporting races, which in this case were Toyota Formula Atlantic open wheel cars and the first North American appearance by the New Beetle Cup racers. These are spec-race New Beetles with VR6 motors. Later on practice day was a Ferrari 360 Challenge race, in which semi-amateur racers have it out in identical V-8 Ferraris. Sorry I didn't get any clips of that.
The frustrating thing about trying to shoot pictures or record sound at an F1 race is the access and security. Good shooting locations are tightly restricted to the media. There are high boards up around the track so you can't see any of the track from ground level. If you go to an F1 race with the intention of taking pictures, you NEED a long lens. Most of the F1 car samples were taken from pretty high up in the stands. The Beetle Cup sounds were recorded with the microphones lowered through the chicken wire on the pedestrian overpass - I'll try that with the F1 cars next time. The Toyota sounds were recorded standing level with the track.