Sometimes you need a change of perspective in order to entirely understand what's really going on.

In my case, I was struggling to comprehend the true size and scale of the Le Mans circuit. From the ground, or even the tall stands, you can’t see the track in its entirety. One thing's for sure - it’s big. Really, really big.

The speeds the cars are achieving can be deceptive too, and in some cases it can be very tricky to judge what kind of velocities they’re achieving. So, in order to really understand what was going on, I changed my viewing position by 900ft – vertically.

Helicopters are a familiar sight at Le Mans, with several operating at any given time providing tours, serving as camera platforms and – for the more moneyed out there – transport to and from the historic and long-running event.

Aviation company Heliberte appeared to be running its own small air force, with around 10 different helicopters landing and - very swiftly – taking off again every ten minutes, usually simultaneously in groups of five. 

We jumped aboard one of its helicopters, an Aerospatiale AS-350B-2 Ecureuil, in order to see what the circuit and racing looked like from a significantly elevated vantage point.