|Mark Sutton – Life Through a Lens – Chinese Fireworks|
These were taken near turn 14 on the long straight and I couldn’t believe how packed the grandstands were. It was like having five minutes of fame because they were going absolutely crazy at the front as I walked past. There are loads of Kimi fans in China and I think they just love his attitude. They’ve tagged on to the ice cream thing and his “leave me alone” quote in Abu Dhabi last year. The only other place where the fans are like that is in Korea and Japan and it’s great to see.
This was a weird moment down at Red Bull on Saturday morning. I captured it as a mechanic sprayed an extinguisher on to the exhaust and engine cover, but I couldn’t see if there had actually been a fire. He just blasted it with the extinguished as it was pushed back into the garage and I’ve never seen that happen at Red Bull. He kept firing it off so I managed to get quite close with my wide angle lens and get this shot. It gives quite a nice effect as the foam hits the heat of the bodywork.
I missed the actual collision because I was focusing on an overtaking manoeuvre going on ahead of it at the same time. I panned that round and when I looked back I saw Esteban Gutierrez surrounded by broken carbon fibre as he continued into the run off area. The wheel was still attached thanks to the tethers but it was bumping up and down on the front of the car. You can see where the vanity panel has come away and the solid nose of the car underneath. It was just a rookie error and he wasn’t the only one to lock up there, but unfortunately he had Adrian Sutil ahead of him.
I saw Mark Webber coasting down the straight so I knew that something was wrong, but I didn’t realise straight away that the wheel was loose. The thing was that he rode the kerb on the inside to let cars through and I think that might have been what dislodged the tyre. If he had not gone over the kerb he may have been alright and maybe he should have gone way out wide instead to get out of the way. When the wheel came off it rolled out to the exit kerb on the shoulder of the sidewall and then rolled back; a bit like if you roll a coin along a table. It was lucky no one hit it and it actually ended up rolling back towards his car.
I like these two shots from the podium with Lewis Hamilton spraying Fernando Alonso on the back of the head and then Fernando getting his own back. I managed to climb up the marshal tower on the finish line to take these and shoot back at the podium. I’ve cropped them slightly to take the bars out of the way, but the second one is a great shot for Formula One with the logo in the background.
This shot just shows pure emotion. The light is nice and it’s a three-quarter pan down the pit straight that’s tight on Alonso in the car. He’s probably doing 150mph at this point and he hasn’t got either of his hands on the wheel! Of course, the cars are pretty stable at that speed but it’s still great to see someone celebrate like that. It’s an important win for Alonso and he’ll be hoping to build some momentum by winning in China after what happened in Malaysia. He was great to watch all race long, overtaking people on the inside and on the outside.