Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Emotions run high in Hungary

Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Emotions run high in Hungary
Left image: Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F4, ISO speed: 1600, Lens: 500mm Telephoto. There was a lot of scaremongering going on among the photographers ahead of the race weekend that pit lane access would be severely limited. Some were saying six passes, some were saying no passes and obviously we were a bit worried that things were being decided behind our backs. On the Thursday they told us there would be 25 tabards for pit lane access handed out so it wasn’t the end of the world. We had a meeting with the FIA to explain what it entailed and why they did it, so first of all we thought let’s get our names on the list but we didn’t know exactly how much access we would get. We ended up getting one or two people in each session so it didn’t really affect our job, in fact we were quite happy because there were less people in the pit lane! It’s now policed properly so people can’t get with a pocket camera because of a favour from their mate or because they snuck through a garage. But you can see here that we take quite a few pictures while we’re in the pit lane of drivers in their garages and with their helmets on, we take roughly 25% of our photos in there so it’s quite a large proportion of our job.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F7.1, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm Telephoto. Lewis Hamilton supposedly dedicated the race win to his ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and there are my four shots of his emotions on the podium. He kept signalling down to the team as if to say ‘This is for you’ and it looked like he was fighting back tears at one point. He was quite emotional and quite weird watching him on the podium. Obviously last year he had Nicole down in the pit lane looking back up at him so maybe that triggered it. Now he just has his manager Tom Shine with him and he flies around in that private jet on his own. The dog wasn’t at this race, and I don’t think it should really be at any races. Outside the circuit is fine but because he has his motorhome inside the circuit at most races it doesn’t work. Anyway, it was a weekend of mixed emotions for him and these podium pictures tell a bit of a story.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F11, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm Zoom. This was a nice photo of Christian Horner and Adrian Newey joking with Paul Hembery of Pirelli. Obviously the tyres were a big talking point this weekend with the return to 2012 structures and the recent test in Silverstone. In the end it looked like Mercedes came off on top so maybe that test they did back in May did help somehow or maybe they just got the tyres sorted on Friday. I think everyone thought Vettel would be all over Hamilton and push ahead in the pit stops but it didn’t quite materialise. But it was good to see them joking and laughing on the grid.
Top image: Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/320s, Aperture: F18, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm Zoom. My friend Liam Cunningham, an actor from Ireland, brought Sam Worthington of Avatar fame with him to Hungary to get a taste of Formula One. He said he might see me on the grid and so I kept an eye out and Sam was there but not Liam. This other guy started filming on his iPhone, I didn’t know who he was, but turned out it was German actor Marcus Prosser, who has been in quite a lot of films and he started filming me. Sam is an Aussie and I wanted to get a picture of him with Mark Webber, but Mark had gone for his toilet break! So this picture with his grid girl had to do because that’s as close as we got to the picture.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F13, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm Zoom. This is an unusual picture because it’s rare that you can get that close to a Red Bull. They are always so secretive and he actually came quite late to the grid on Sunday. I just held my camera out below him as he stepped out and it’s one of those that is hit or miss. This one came off well because you have the beautiful blue sky and the flash has worked really well and lit his face nicely. He’s stepping out of the car but it’s a significant shot because he’s also stepping out of F1 at the end of the year.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F6.3, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm Telephoto. This is a slightly different parc ferme shot to usual but it gives you an idea of how many photographers are there shooting from behind the railings. They’ve all got different lenses, taking different shots and then you can also see the mechanic there displaying the emotions of the team. The other nice element of this shot is that the sun is reflecting back off the silver car and lighting his body. It gives a sense of the atmosphere immediately after the race and offers something a it different.

World Champions in Mosaics




Sutton Images, in collaboration with Shoothill, the world’s leaders in creating Deep Zoom mosaics, announce a collection of seven unique individual MegaFiche Deep Zoom mosaic images depicting past and present World Champions, James Hunt, Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.


Each unique limited edition mosaic features tens of thousands of smaller images sourced from the extensive archives of Sutton Images to create one large mosaic of each Champion. By clicking the link on the Sutton Images website, online users will be able to zoom into a closer view of a large high-resolution image or a large collection of images within the mosaic.


Each mosaic image will be exclusively available to purchase from the Sutton Images website as a poster, printed at A1 size on crystal archival 240gsm paper as an individually numbered limited edition of 500.


One of the posters features the World Champion James Hunt, and coincides with the launch of director Ron Howard’s latest film, Rush, which is due for release in September, chronicling the often turbulent relationship between Hunt and his arch rival at the time, Ferrari driver Niki Lauda.


Any individual image used within the mosaic is also available to purchase in a range of sizes by searching the extensive online archive at by typing the name of the champion, race and year into the search engine.


Keith Sutton, CEO of Sutton Images, commented “We are delighted to be associated with this unique project combining our extensive image archive with Shoothill’s revolutionary technology”

Rod Plummer, Managing Director of Shoothill, commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to work with such a fabulous collection of photographs from the Sutton Images archives and demonstrate the unique combination of technologies that Shoothill are so widely recognised for.

About Sutton Images
Sutton Images is the world’s largest independent motorsport picture agency with the experience of covering motorsport events worldwide for the past thirty-five years.

The business operates from a state-of-the-art base in the heart of Britain’s motorsport industry near Silverstone. Staffed by fully trained and dedicated personnel, their technologically advanced facilities, including?their own in-house servers and bespoke software, provide the platform to process and deliver digital images rapidly around the globe.

Sutton Images archive of over four million images covers every major Championship since the 1960s, with nearly one million images available online and fully searchable at

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For more information, please contact Rod Plummer, Managing Director, Shoothill on 0845 421 0390 or email

Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Home win


Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Home win
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F14, ISO speed: 800, Lens: 24-70mm zoom I started the first session in the paddock outside the Pirelli motorhome because Stefano Domenicali has been in there to talk tyres. I saw on one of the screens that Fernando Alonso had stopped on track so, recognising the section of track he stopped on, I ran to the photographers’ shuttle bus and went straight to the scene. My first picture was one of the car being loaded onto the truck and then I got a picture of him riding away on the back of a bike. It was probably the biggest story of first practice because Alonso lost so much running time, so it was a good photo to have and I immediately wired it onto our website
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/600s, Aperture: F7.1, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 500mm telephoto This is Jean-Eric Vergne attacking the NGK Chicane during Friday practice. I went down there specifically to get this shot but oddly he was the only one really riding the kerbs. But you can see here that he has wheels off the track and the breaks traction, so although you straighten the chicane, it is not necessarily the fastest way. None of the other drivers did it on Friday and I went back on Saturday to see if they would do it in qualifying and again not many did
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/800s, Aperture: F8, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm zoom This was a funny shot. After qualifying Mark Webber peered into Lewis Hamilton’s cockpit, most likely at the request of his engineers who probably suspect Mercedes have some sort of special device in there. You can see that he is not touching the car and legally there is probably nothing stopping him doing that as long as he doesn’t touch the car. When the teams used to run F-ducts the drivers often had a look in each other’s cockpits to see how they were getting it to work, so maybe it’s something similar to that on the Mercedes. If there is something in there it is clearly working as it was Hamilton’s second pole position in a row
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F10, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm telephoto Felipe Massa spun off at turn one on lap four and quite a lot of the photographers there had actually left by then. I was following the cars coming into the corner over the brow and then Massa just lost it without even touching the kerb. He then stalled it when the car stuck in fifth gear as he tried to rejoin and that was the end of his race. It was a real rookie error, like your typical learner driver tank slapper. He lost it one way and tried to get it back the other way but overcompensated. I’ve done it a few times when I’ve been on skid pans!
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F7.1, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 500mm telephoto Sebastian Vettel’s celebration reminded so much of Michael Schumacher, and the way he’s going it might not be long until he equals the seven-time world champion’s records. He’s certainly in the right car at the right time right now, just like Schumacher was. The only difference is that Michael used to tuck his knees up to make his jump look a little higher and I don’t think Vettel has learned that trick yet! I think he’d be better doing it with one finger in the air to mirror his parc ferme celebration
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F9, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm telephoto Here are the two sides to the relationship between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Off track they seem to get on very well and I took this photo while they were heading off on the drivers’ parade. On track they had a battle as well but it’s clear that they have a lot of respect for each other. Lewis is going through a difficult time at the moment after breaking up with his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. It’s quite interesting to see him chatting with various people and he is clearly looking for some friends at the moment to get him through. It’s nice to see that he was able to share a joke with Fernando because you would not have expected that after their time at McLaren together in 2007

Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Blow outs in Britain

Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – Blow outs in Britain

Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F8, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 24-70mm zoom The crowd weren’t very happy on Friday with the wet weather but we did get some action at the end of the first session. I’d been in the pits and I went up to the first corner to do a pan shot on the inside of the first corner and I just heard this screech and there was Esteban Gutierrez coming into the corner completely sideways. I just panned through and got a sequence of him right over the kerbs. Amazingly he managed to gather it all back together and get it pointing in the right direction on the exit, which is impressive as he must have been doing about 120mph. So impressive car control from him and impressive camera control from me!
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F8, ISO speed: 400, Lens: 800mm telephoto I was using an 800mm lens this weekend from Nikon. Usually my longest lens is a 500mm or 600mm but they lent it to me to test. It’s very light for what it is but its €14,000 to buy! It’s not cheap. It allowed me to get these shots with the sky as they came over the brow at Becketts corner. It’s a nice shot because you have grass, a thin ribbon of track, the top of the grandstand and then just sky. There are not many places in Silverstone where you can get that.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1000s, Aperture: F5.6, ISO speed: 500, Lens: 70-200mm zoom I took this picture of Bernie Ecclestone and Paul Hembery outside Bernie’s motorhome on Saturday. Obviously it’s got a bit of a story behind it and I think they were probably discussing the Sergio Perez incident during final practice. I pounced on it and I thought it was quite a good shot as Bernie is talking to him while scanning the paddock to see who else is around. Paul looks a bit nervous, but obviously I didn’t know at the time that the tyres were going to cause more havoc on Sunday.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/640s, Aperture: F10, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 600mm telephoto I was sort of in the wrong place in the race because I didn’t get any of the tyre explosions, but you can only shoot from where you are. I did manage to get this photo of Sergio Perez returning to the pits and it’s incredible to see how much damage the tyre has done to the back of the car. When the tyre comes apart it flicks against the bodywork and it completely tears the carbon fibre apart. So you can see why Perez retired when you see this damage.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/1600s, Aperture: F6.3, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 500mm telephoto Sebastian Vettel retired with gearbox issues at the end of the race and that obviously created a great battle at the end between Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber. This is a good shot because you’ve got the safety car sign in the background, which was also quite significant for the race because it brought the pack together and allowed some people to change tyres. It could also be a significant photo for the championship if Vettel has a few more problems over the upcoming races.
Camera model: Nikon D4, Exposure time: 1/800s, Aperture: F11, ISO speed: 200, Lens: 24-70mm zoom This is a nice photo because Nico Rosberg is looking right at me with the winner’s trophy in his hand and the crowd behind him. When he went on the fence facing the crowd it’s a bit of a nothing picture so we were all shouting at him to turn around and give us this photo. He’s good value for money, Nico, and he’s obviously enjoying his time at Mercedes. Two wins in the last three races is impressive and if he keeps consistent he will soon move further up the drivers’ standings.