This image features legend James Hunt in his Wolf Racing Formula 1 car, waiting to be released by his pit crew during a practice session at a Long Beach Grand Prix. One of the challenges drivers face in the sport, and especially while waiting for maintenance to finish, is to stay cool during a hot Summer day. They are wearing undergarments and a heavy one piece fire retardant uniform and head gear, thick gloves, plus a full face helmet. The hot engine is in the back of the car, but the very tight cockpit gets very hot, which is why James is holding an umbrella over his head to catch some shade. With all the hubbub of race activity, one can see the concentration a driver must maintain to ignore discomfort and distraction to keep his mind on the competition.
Location: Long Beach, CA.