- Life Through A Lens - Mark Sutton
What a great weekend, Monaco never disappoints.
The man of the moment was most definitely Mark Webber and the celebrations on the Red Bull Energy Station rounded the whole weekend off brilliantly. I arrived there quite early, knowing that something would happen because they have a history of celebrating in style ever since Christian Horner jumped into the pool there wearing nothing but a Superman cape in 2006. I wasn't disappointed, and before the drivers arrived there was a whole bunch of people applauding all the team members one by one as they came out on the decking, it was almost like a hall of fame or red carpet event.
So it was building up nicely and it wasn't long before 60 or 70 people had crowded around the pool, just waiting for the drivers to arrive. But the team must have got impatient with all that hanging around because they started throwing themselves in the pool and pretty soon half of them were soaking wet. When the drivers did arrive Sebastian Vettel was pushed in almost immediately while Mark stood back as if to say "This is my day and I'm going to jump in the pool in my own time". He took his boots off, which seemed a bit bizarre to me, and then did a perfect backflip into the water to the cheers of everybody watching. Ideally I would have had my underwater camera with me so I could have got a shot of Mark with the trophy from below the surface - that would have been the perfect picture but maybe next time.
In the end we got some great celebration shots, which is important in Monaco because the podium is always in the shade and the photos don't always pop out at you as much as you'd like. The only exciting bit of the ceremony is when they spray the champagne over the mechanics and my brother Keith was there with them to cover the action. So a lot of people got soaked with champagne and a lot of people got soaked in the pool - you could say we still had a wet weekend despite there being no rain.
Overall it was a great atmosphere and the weekend was only slightly tainted by the news that our flight home had been cancelled (again) due to the ash cloud. So for the second race this season we had to find another route back and in the end we went by car, boat and taxi, making very good time along the way. I just hope talking about cancelled flights doesn't become a regular feature in this column this season.