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Ferrari's F2003GA Formula One car. Copyright © 2003, The Imaging Resource / Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Part 2: Oly E-1 in action at the US Grand Prix (UPDATED)
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(Friday, October 3, 2003 - 23:52 EDT)

We're sure there's a rule in the web publishing business about making promises one can't keep, and if there isn't, there should be. We promised readers a couple of days ago that we'd have the second part of our Olympus E-1 Formula One report the following day "barring unforeseen problems" - and with fate thus tempted, every obstacle possible threw itself in our path.

We've finally managed to finish the second part of the article now though, and present another 20 photos taken at the F1 race in Indianapolis with an Olympus E-1 digital SLR. If you've not read the first part of the report, we'd suggest clicking here for some background and the first batch of photos before you continue any further.

As with the first part of the report, these photos are all copyright 2003 The Imaging Resource / Michael R. Tomkins, and may not be reproduced in any form, including (but not limited to) print magazines or electronic media, without prior permission. We provide the original Adobe RGB images (not suitable for viewing in a web browser), unaltered except for lossless rotation, to allow readers to judge the quality of the camera / lens combos by printing images for their own personal use only. All images are also linked to unretouched SRGB 450 x 600 pixel versions suitable for on-screen viewing in your web browser.

Sorry for the delay getting this posted. The third and final section of the report should be following "soon" - and we're not going to tempt fate by making any more specific prediction than that... :)


Jaguar's Mark Webber races around one of Indy's famous banked corners...
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...as does Ralf Schumacher in the Williams
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Jenson Button's BAR heads for the start / finish line
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Press photographers catch Jarno Trulli's Renault exiting the banked corner
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Toyota's Olivier Panis enters the pit lane
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Closeup of Nicolas Kiesa in the Minardi entering the pit lane
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After being stranded on the track with a fuel flow problem, Ferrari's Michael Schumacher waves to the fans whilst his car is towed back to the pits
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Fernando Alonso's Renault sweeps through the banked corner...
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...as does David Coulthard in the McLaren,...
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...Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari,...
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...and Justin Wilson in the Jaguar
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Juan-Pablo Montoya's Williams enters the pit lane
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Close-up of a Ferrari mechanic working on Rubens Barrichello's front right brake mechanism
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Detail inside the nose-cone of a Ferrari
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Ferrari mechanics hard at work on one of their team's cars
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Ross Brawn, Ferrari's Technical Director, waves for the camera
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Rubens Barrichello briefs Ferrari's guests after qualifying second behind Kimi Raikkonen
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Damage is obvious on Frank Stippler's Porsche during the first of two Supercup support races
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Patrick Huisman celebrates his win in the first Supercup race
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NOTE: The photo below was taken under extremely difficult conditions through a plate-glass window at a strong angle. It should not be used as a judge of sharpness, contrast or color balance, and is included here only for the significance of its subject.


Michael Schumacher, the current World Champion, contemplates a day that saw him qualifying well down the field in seventh

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UPDATED 2003-10-05 16:27ET:Thanks to IR reader Larry Roberts for catching an error on the eight photo above. It is indeed Fernando Alonso driving the car, and not his team-mate Jarno Trulli as we'd mistakenly noted. The error has been corrected now...

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