Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – Taking Flight

Mark Sutton - Life Through a Lens - Taking Flight

Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F7.1 | ISO speed: 200

Deja Vu

I was standing at Club Corner and there’s a screen there where you can see what is going on. You can see them coming into Stowe and if they don’t overtake there, they might try again coming through Vale and then past me. I’m always wary of what’s going on, I was shooting with the long lens when I saw Gutierrez coming down the inside and thought nothing of it until they collided. The front wing end plate comes off Gutierrez’s car but they just sort of carried on into the corner, and obviously he and Maldonado touch wheels. It’s funny as it’s the reverse of what happened in Bahrain and I wasn’t focused on that crash shot. In those moments you just keep your finger on the button in the hope something might happen and luckily in this case it did. To be honest you can do a whole race at Club Corner and nothing happens at all! There was the added bonus that I was using a new transmitter where we can send the pictures straight from the camera, meaning the picture was available to use during the race.

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Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/1000 s | Aperture: F9 | ISO speed: 200

War Wounds
I don’t think any photographer got a picture of Kimi Raikkonen’s crash itself, it’s a weird place for a crash to happen. It was quite a scary one when you see debris flying around like that, you just hope the wheels stay on the cars in most cases when you remember the case of Henry Surtees a few years back. In this case Kimi just seemed unlucky, as he hit that water gully at a bad angle and lost it. That all went on and it’s amazing Felipe Massa was able to come back after impact with him. We got it from every angle, from three of our guys. I was looking to see if there’s any sparks because when the rubber starts to wear on the alloy you get the sparks coming out, so that’s why I’m focused on the tyre at that moment. Without pictures of Kimi’s crash this was all we had to tell the story of what happened.

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Camera model: Nikon D4 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F8 | ISO speed: 200

Contrasting Fortunes
This was after Lewis Hamilton’s stoppage in FP2. The reason this is here is to tell the story of the weekend. You felt like Lewis was on a downer after this issue in practice, he was under pressure going into qualifying and decided to abort that lap at the end. It was all going against him again but that’s racing. In the race I only got one picture of them together so this was a nice one to pull off. With this one Lewis had pulled up to one side and I thought I could get a shot of the two of them like this one, it’s nice to show these incidents. In this case I knew that Lewis had stopped, walked over the bridge at Becketts looking for his car and found it at The Loop. I saw Nico coming past and thought it creates the story of the session and that’s what we’re looking for as photographers. As it turned out this was the opposite of how the weekend ended up, which is another funny twist to the season.


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