Monaco is a unique setting for a Formula One race, and there's nobody with a better view of it than one of the sport's top photographers.

Formula One photographers capture the excitement, glamour and passion of our sport and bring it to the pages of newspapers and website all over the world within seconds. To do their job, they have to find the best locations around the track, often seeing the race in a unique way. We asked our team photographer, James Moy, to snap some glimpses of his point of view during the most prestigious weekend of all - the Monaco Grand Prix...

 

Bags packed and ready to go. We carry over 25kg of camera equipment to each GP which can be quite challenging at airline check-in desks!
Bags packed and ready to go. We carry over 25kg of camera equipment to each GP which can be quite challenging at airline check-in desks!

 

Trackwalk during Tuesday evening. We look at photo positions, trackside branding and possible access problems to ensure we get the shots we need later in the week.
Trackwalk during Tuesday evening. We look at photo positions, trackside branding and possible access problems to ensure we get the shots we need later in the week.
   
We also recce the podium. I decide between my colleagues where we will shoot from and where we think the best place is to capture the action.
We also recce the podium. I decide between my colleagues where we will shoot from and where we think the best place is to capture the action.
   
The walk into the track on Thursday. The hotel is next to the circuit so there's no need to take transportation.Home for the next week. We stay in Fontvieille, which is away from the hussle of Monaco but still within walking distance.
Home for the next week. We stay in Fontvieille, which is away from the hussle of Monaco but still within walking distance.
   
A stunning walk to work alongside the Mediterranean Sea.
A stunning walk to work alongside the Mediterranean Sea.
   
A behind the scenes look at the Thursday afternoon FIA Press Conference. The final TV footage and photos of Esteban are very clean but there is lots going on behind the cameras that you don't see.
A behind the scenes look at the Thursday afternoon FIA Press Conference. The final TV footage and photos of Esteban are very clean but there is lots going on behind the cameras that you don't see.
   
Shooting action as the cars arrive flat out into Massenet corner. These photo windows are positioned in strategic places around the track to ensure we can get the shot.
Shooting action as the cars arrive flat out into Massenet corner. These photo windows are positioned in strategic places around the track to ensure we can get the shot.
   
Fighting for space with fellow photographers who also want to capture this famous angle.
Fighting for space with fellow photographers who also want to capture this famous angle.
   
This is how photographers take a selfie! A reflection in a fire marshal's helmet.
This is how photographers take a selfie! A reflection in a fire marshal's helmet.
   
A wide angle shot in Casino square involves the car approaching from behind me. You learn to rely on the noise and feel of the car to ensure you hit the shutter at the correct time.
A wide angle shot in Casino square involves the car approaching from behind me. You learn to rely on the noise and feel of the car to ensure you hit the shutter at the correct time.
   
The photo area within the International Media Centre. Around 60 photographers attend every GP. We are all friends but there is also competition between us to get the best photos.
The photo area within the International Media Centre. Around 60 photographers attend every GP. We are all friends but there is also competition between us to get the best photos.
   
Monaco is a photographer's dream. Fantastic circuit, great light and the chance to get seriously close to the cars at speed. This is the section between Mirabeau and the Hairpin.
Monaco is a photographer's dream. Fantastic circuit, great light and the chance to get seriously close to the cars at speed. This is the section between Mirabeau and the Hairpin.
   
Behind the scenes of an interview for new partner SPORTBible.
Behind the scenes of an interview for new partner SPORTBible.
   
A photo of a photo. Esteban and Checo arrive by boat into Monaco Harbour.
A photo of a photo. Esteban and Checo arrive by boat into Monaco Harbour.
   
It's a tough life! A photoshoot for team sponsor Hype on a super-yacht during Friday.
It's a tough life! A photoshoot for team sponsor Hype on a super-yacht during Friday.
   
Team eyewear sponsor EyeRespect bring some glamour to Monaco during a photoshoot. One of the best perks of the job!
Team eyewear partner EyeRespect bring some glamour to Monaco during a photoshoot. One of the best perks of the job!
   
Esteban signs autographs for the fans.
Esteban signs autographs for the fans.
   
It's not only me behind the camera! Esteban does his own photography.
It's not only me behind the camera! Esteban does his own photography.
   
The famous Nouvelle Chicane gives you a good idea where we position ourselves to capture this iconic shot.
The famous Nouvelle Chicane gives you a good idea where we position ourselves to capture this iconic shot.
   
Only in Monaco... Marshals cook sausages on a BBQ trackside. Oh, and enjoy a bottle of wine!
Only in Monaco... Marshals cook sausages on a BBQ trackside. Oh, and enjoy a bottle of wine!
   
An amazing privilege to be able to photograph in the iconic Monaco tunnel. The noise, rush of wind and vibration from the cars is unreal.
An amazing privilege to be able to photograph in the iconic Monaco tunnel. The noise, rush of wind and vibration from the cars is unreal.
   
It's tricky to get great photos in the Monaco tunnel. It's fast, dark and noisy. A slow shutter speed and lots of patience are required.
It's tricky to get great photos in the Monaco tunnel. It's fast, dark and noisy. A slow shutter speed and lots of patience are required.
   
A stunning view from a hospitality suite high above the start-line. Much of the skill of photographing Monaco is down to getting in the best positions.
A stunning view from a hospitality suite high above the start-line. Much of the skill of photographing Monaco is down to getting in the best positions.
   
The Photo Area in the Media Centre. We have a desk, fast internet and a locker to store our equipment. We send thousands of images all over the world during each GP weekend.
The Photo Area in the Media Centre. We have a desk, fast internet and a locker to store our equipment. We send thousands of images all over the world during each GP weekend.
   
The tools of the trade. Canon cameras and various lenses allow us to send high quality shots immediately to the team.
The tools of the trade. Canon cameras and various lenses allow us to send high quality shots immediately to the team.
   
The grid in Monaco is a manic place to photograph. Lots of VIP's and celebrities mingle amongst the teams. Checo's car crew keep their cool however...
The grid in Monaco is a manic place to photograph. Lots of VIPs and celebrities mingle amongst the teams. Checo's car crew keep their cool however...
   
A Monaco classic. The VJM10 is captured reflected in a fire-marshals visor.
A Monaco classic. The VJM10 is captured reflected in a fire-marshals visor.
   
Close up photography.
Close up photography.
   
A large scrum of photographers wait for our signal to run to the podium. Getting the best position is paramount.
A large scrum of photographers wait for our signal to run to the podium. Getting the best position is paramount.
   
A well deserved beer with my colleagues to finish the weekend.
A well deserved beer with my colleagues to finish the weekend.