Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – British Grand Prix – National Hero

Mark Sutton – Life Through The Lens – British Grand Prix – National Hero

F1 photographer Mark Sutton talks ESPN through his favourite shots from the British Grand Prix.

Camera model: Nikon D4S | Exposure time: 10/3200 sec | Aperture: F/11 | ISO speed: ISO-400

Bernie v Seb

I saw Seb come out of the Ferrari motorhome and all of a sudden out popped Bernie Ecclestone from his motorhome and he grabbed Vettel. I’d read the stories about Vettel having a bit of a go at Formula One and I just managed to hear the conversation and Seb said something along the lines of “it’s just what I said in a meeting and someone made it more than what it is”. Bernie seemed a bit aggravated and had his arms in the air, it was very interesting. They spoke for about a minute and Seb went to wonder off but they continued on chatting. More photographers turned up, which ruined my exclusive a bit, but I was able to get right in there close from two angles and listen in a bit to what they were saying. It was a nice set of pictures and it was good to get the Wing in the background to show it was at Silverstone.

Camera model : Nikon D4S | Exposure time: 10/10000 sec | Aperture: F/4 | ISO speed: ISO-800

Massa attack

When I was watching this unfold, I thought it was a totally illegal overtaking move, but I didn’t realise the safety car line, from which they are allowed to race, is on that straight. I just kept my finger on the button anyway because it was a good moment and the crowd were going mental behind us. Of course it shuffled Hamilton down the pack because he had to cut the corner and then fell behind Valtteri Bottas. We needed the two Williamses in front, because without that we wouldn’t have had as exciting a race. I’m sure the fans would have cheered Lewis in the end, but it was nice to see a bit of genuine racing at the front before the pit stops unfolded and Hamilton got back ahead. The only thing you can’t see here is the grandstand behind, which was empty. It was the only part of the track where that was the case and it’s because it’s the Paddock Club grandstand. The guests don’t go and sit there because they have all their food and hospitality in the Wing overlooking the pit straight and the pit lane, so why would you? It’s a shame because the whole track was full of 140,000 people and you’ve got two or three grandstands in a good place sitting empty.

Camera model: Nikon D4S | Exposure time: 10/10000 sec | Aperture: F/4 | ISO speed: ISO-800

Raikkonen go-round

It was pouring down at this moment and I didn’t have my rain cover with me, but I didn’t care and I was laughing to myself that I hadn’t taken any waterproofs. I was just concentrating on people coming out of the last corner and it paid off because Kimi lost it, did a tankslapper and then half spun and caught it. The crowd were going crazy because he managed to hold it and I just followed it all the way through. I knew someone was going to spin, I think Mehri spun as well, and you could see them struggling because they were the drivers on old intermediates that they had swapped to too early. It’s always nice to capture a bit of action and there was plenty going on when the rain hit all around the track, some of which the TV cameras didn’t catch.

Camera model: Nikon D4S | Exposure time: 10/2500 sec | Aperture: F/11 | ISO speed: ISO-400

National hero

You can see the level of support Lewis had in this photo. The guy in foreground actually looks like more of a football fan than an F1 fan with his shirt waving above his head! The security were quite good, however, because they let the fans have their moment even though a lot of them were climbing on the pit wall and on the Mercedes pit gantry. Normally the teams would tell them to get off, because those are worth a lot of money and could be damaged, but for this moment they let the fans celebrate even though some were blatantly standing on the equipment! For me it created this fantastic picture because this moment was all about the fans. I saw that the startline gantry was a good spot to go because I did the usual team picture and then moved myself for this shot because I knew he was going to come across to the fans. It created a great picture and a great atmosphere. In a way it’s a shame the podium wasn’t built out over the pit lane and track like it is in Monza, but I suppose you can’t have everything.

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