March 8, 2013

The Cold War in Barcelona

By Jamey Price In Recent Work, Formula 1

Formula One pre-season testing is the climax of a secret spy war between the 11 teams on the grid. With mere days until the Australian Grand Prix, teams are still trying to figure out their cars. What is working? what isn’t….but most importantly, why? And of course, always keeping a watchful eye (or lens) on their rivals. 

The cold war mentality is well and truly alive in the Formula One pitlane. Mechanics taking secret photos of rival car’s suspension and aero work. Teams using any and all means to make it “hard” for photographers to capture what parts the car has on it by closing us out of garages with canvas screens, and tactics never seen before, to keep us all from capturing any extended views of the car. It’s madness really. Almost comical. Certainly annoying. But at the same time, it really is interesting.

You can’t make Formula one something it isn’t. It will never be a “stock car” series where everyone gets a kit to use, and you can only push the boundary so far. Instead, F1 has a book of rules, many pages deep, that can be, will be, and always have been interpreted with some amount of “how can we exploit this in a way that takes advantage of a loop hole?” It is what it is. Teams spend insane amounts of money making cars go faster tenth by tenth. Hundredth by hundredth. They add wing parts, curves, and suspension pieces that might make it marginally faster. but that marginally can add up to millions of dollars lost, or earned at the end of the year. On an F1 car, nothing is designed by accident.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from the final Barcelona pre-season tests in 2013.

MANY THANKS to James, Russ, Drew, George, Keith, and the friendly and helpful staff at Circuit de Catalunya. And of course and all the rest of the amazing people in the F1 paddock who I am lucky to call friends, and who always made it an enjoyable day on the job.

All images © Jamey Price/James Moy Photography 2013


  1. Dan March 8, 2013

    Beautiful photos! I was at Catalunya on 02/03, a shame, I would have loved to have met you!

    Will you be taking photos at this years British Grand Prix at all?

  2. Gustavo March 8, 2013

    Superb pics, congrts, which lenses did u use to shoot?

  3. FX1 March 8, 2013

    Good god, these are excellent.

  4. Ken Snider March 8, 2013

    Fantastic photography! Thanks for allowing me to enjoy.

  5. Dan O March 9, 2013

    Fantastic images. Very nice work…

  6. JOhn March 9, 2013

    Amazing work Jamey up there with the best in the world, what a dream job you have. Keep up the great work and cherish every moment. I’ll get up off my knees now 🙂 Looking forward to the rest of the seasons images.

  7. Muhammad Farhan March 9, 2013

    Awesome photos!

  8. Xavi Bonilla March 9, 2013

    wow, awesome pics!!

  9. Bill March 9, 2013

    Fabulous photog James. Love them all but I loved the shot of the car zooming into the pit with everyone stationary

  10. Eje Gustafsson March 9, 2013

    Great collection of pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.. Keep up the great work Jamey.

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  13. Doug March 11, 2013

    Fantastic set of images! Jamey, how come you haven’t been voted “Motorsports Photographer of the Year?”

  14. Greg March 17, 2013

    Incredible !

    I enjoyed looking at these.

  15. Jamey Price March 18, 2013

    Mix of things. 14mm up to 400mm with a 2x TC on Nikon bodies.

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