One for the contrast between the start and end of the weekend. This was a shoot someone else was doing but they didn’t mind me shooting Seb too. He was just doing his track walk quite late in the evening and he was asked to sit on the track just on the finish line. I guess it’s quite appropriate that he was smiling and relaxed at this point, because it all changed by the end of the race.
I got absolutely soaked doing this shot! I’m actually in the rain myself – to get the shot you had to go out in the rain – but it was worth it. Kimi was returning from the Thursday press conference when a massive shower came down and it’s just literally the 70-200mm out in the paddock and a mass of bouncing rain as it tumbles down. It was quite funny seeing the drivers trying to shelter from it.
This is one of my usual locations, and I always get the same photos of cars locking up; because they keep locking up! It’s at the last corner and we’ve got a good vantage point from the grandstand. I only got a few shots before the rain came in again, but it’s just on the 500mm handheld following them in to the corner. The drivers tend to lock up as they turn in because the track’s so wide, and this turn is always a place you know you’ll see it.
I must admit I hadn’t seen the damage through the viewfinder – I was just following the car coming round the corner as he didn’t have any grip – but once I looked at the pictures afterwards I saw it. You can see it’s clearly cracked on the right hand side and also how worn the tyres were after just one lap, especially the front left. You’d think he would have come straight in with the damage, but it’s always easier with hindsight.
Lewis literally got out the car as Nico was going past and it’s quite a good moment to capture. Nico was very professional about it all as soon as he was out of the car; he could have been ranting and raving but he was very calm and collected. The two of them talked for quite a bit and I was impressed with Nico’s reaction because he was obviously quicker. You can understand the decision though, as you wouldn’t want to risk the chances of them both scoring with it being the home race for Petronas – Mercedes’ title sponsor.
Obviously we need to address the real controversy, and we need more than one picture! Mark said “Multi 21” to Vettel before the podium, and that’s a setting for the car – the ‘Multi’ switch is on the right hand side of the steering wheel when Seb got out of the car. As you can see with the press conference shot there’s a real contrast between Vettel’s demeanour now and at the start of the weekend, and then you can see Newey is feeling pretty uncomfortable ahead of going on the podium with both drivers. For what it’s worth, I think Red Bull should have been as clear on the radio as Mercedes was and just said to Vettel “don’t overtake” rather than letting him get on with it.