Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – A Moment for Reflection

As Formula One prepares to resume in Belgium with the summer break nearly at an end, F1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his favourite shots from the first half of the season so far.

 Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 16 March 2014.

Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time:1/1000s | Aperture: F8 | ISO speed :200 | Lens: 70-200mm zoom.

Australia – A sign of things to come

This is a great shot of Nico Rosberg. I just couldn’t believe the exuberance that he’s got, he’s so emotional on the podium. This picture sets the tone for how dominant Mercedes has been so far in 2014. It’s just great to see emotion and he certainly exudes that whenever he wins. I think we got a little bored last season of Sebastian Vettel and his 11 wins, and the doughnuts, plus I think the finger-pointing is a bit old hat. It is just pure relief and pure celebration of the victory. You can see it from when he gets on, to when he lifts the trophy, to when he sprays the champagne. It’s not like it was his first win or his first year in Formula One.

 Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 30 March 2014.

Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time:1/1000s | Aperture: F8 | ISO speed :200 | Lens: 70-200mm zoom.

Malaysia – Red Bull gives you mishaps

This was the pit stop which cost Daniel Ricciardo what would have been his first official podium. It’s a remarkable picture as the guy without a helmet and wearing shorts is just there during a pit stop. I saw Ricciardo’s stop on the TV and then thought I need to get a picture of this. I ran straight across the media centre with my camera, ran down to Red Bull and shot away as they wheeled him back and then this guy is there. I knew the rules had changed with the helmet and they’re really tough on the teams and thought “he’s going to get a rollicking for that”. It’s quite a bizarre and funny picture overall because they you can see them all stood around wondering what the hell is going on, and of course it’s not what we expect from Red Bull. I just could not believe the guy was there.

Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 6 April 2014.

Camera: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/800s | Aperture: F4 | ISO speed: 2000 | Lens: 500mm telephoto.

Bahrain – Rosewater celebrations

This is a lovely shot of Lewis Hamilton on the podium while Nico Rosberg pours the rosewater over his head. It reminds me of a photo of Ayrton Senna at Suzuka in 1988 taken by my brother Keith. It’s very similar and to me it just says emotion and celebration. Of course it’s actual champagne in Japan rather than the rosewater in Bahrain! You could tell that when they tasted it on the podium and grimaced!


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