Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F14 | ISO speed: 400 | Lens: 24-70mm zoom.
This shot was taken ahead of the drivers’ parade, which I normally take photos of before going to the first corner tower for the start, but because there are three towers in Canada there is not so much of a rush. I was waiting with my long lens to do a shot as the drivers came past with the crowd or the blue sky in the background and then the two Mercedes drivers stopped for an FOM interview. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg started waving to the crowd, so I legged it over there and snapped a load of pictures, including this one with Lewis with his arm on Nico. I’m not sure Nico was too happy about it, but I think the PR exercise has kicked in from Mercedes and Hamilton’s management, XIX Entertainment, following Monaco. They probably gave him a bollocking after all the friction in Monaco because Mercedes aren’t that way and would not want to put up with his attitude. It’s bad PR at the end of the day, so I think he made an effort to be more pally with Rosberg in Canada.
Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/1250s | Aperture: F8 | ISO speed: 200 | Lens: 10.5mm Fisheye.
This was something a bit different. You don’t normally get to be close to the cars outside in the daylight, but this was in FP3 after Jenson Button had come back from his last run. I like to mix it up because it’s easy to get into a routine and always end up with the same sort of pictures. I thought I’d take my Fisheye lens out to do something a bit different and wanted to get this shot close in to the cockpit. Obviously you have to get very close to get this sort of shot with a Fisheye, so I waited until he’d stopped and I took it as the team jacked him up and put the car on a board to manoeuvre him into the garage. I took about ten frames with different angles using the Fisheye and he didn’t seem too concerned. Because he has his helmet visor down it almost looks like he could be in an actual pit stop and the light is perfect so you can see plenty of detail. I don’t use the Fisheye that often because it can be a bit too much to be honest, but this is a different picture and a different angle that I think works nicely.
Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/3200s | Aperture: F4 | ISO speed: 4000 | Lens: 500mm Telephoto.
This one looks like Sebastian Vettel is blowing me a kiss, but he’s just pulling one of his funny expressions in the cockpit. To be honest, I didn’t even know I’d got this shot, but when I went through all the frames I thought it was funny and decided I’d put it up on the website. The drivers probably hate having their picture taken like this. Lewis Hamilton, for example, apparently doesn’t like pictures taken when he just has his balaclava on. I don’t know why, but you’ll notice when he puts it on in the garage he always faces the reflective garage wall, which may be just to make sure the balaclava is on the straight on his head. Seb, however, doesn’t seem to give a damn and I think he actually looks like a fighter pilot or an astronaut in this photo because of the headphone pods on the side. But I like funny pictures when you can get hold of them, so I like this frame.
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