Life Through a Lens: Montreal and Baku

Life Through a Lens: Montreal and Baku (Canadian & European GPs)

Mark Sutton talks ESPN through his favourite shots from the Canadian and European GPs

Winning Leap

Camera model: Nikon D5 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F4 | ISO speed : 400 | Lens: 500mm Telephoto

This is a nice shot. I was stood on the podium tower and had a really good spot in the middle because I ran like hell to get there. You never know whether you’ll get a good position because FOM take up a lot of space with their boxes and cameras. I shot him on the 500mm as he came round the corner and parked up. He did this boxing celebration with reference to Muhammad Ali, jumped in the air and did this big salute. You can tell he’s happy even in mid air. I shot on the 500mm, which was the perfect lens and didn’t require much cropping. The result is a great celebration photo that tells a story of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Plastic Bag

Camera model: Nikon D5 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F4.5 | ISO speed : 100 | Lens: 500mm Telephoto

This was really weird. I didn’t actually know what it was on his car until I got back to the media centre and looked at it in detail. I thought it was a bag, but I wasn’t really sure. Baku is called the windy city and it lives up to its name. As a result there was a bit of debris on the track, and although they did a good job of cleaning it every night, there is nothing you can do if it blows on the track during the race. In this instance it looked like a big blue bin liner and it got stuck on the suspension arm of Sebastian Vettel’s car. As he came onto the straight he hit a bump and it went up and split, it was very weird and lucky that no other car hit it.

Passing Move

Camera model: Nikon D5 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO speed : 200 | Lens: 500mm Telephoto

It’s a long pit straight in Baku so you can see them coming a long way away and get great photos of slipstreaming and the cars using DRS. This was great to see three cars alongside each other, especially as it’s three different cars. Photo wise, I think it was one of the best overtaking manoeuvres of the weekend. To have them battling into that corner is great and it’s because the track is so wide at that point. After the corner it narrows and that’s where Max Verstappen got screwed by the other two.

On The Way To The Grid

Camera model: Nikon D5 | Exposure time: 1/1000s | Aperture: F7.1 | ISO speed : 200 | Lens: 70 – 200mm Zoom

The grid girls had to walk from the media centre in the Hilton hotel to the grid across this central plaza area. This was taken ahead of the GP2 race and presented a great opportunity to capture some of the glamour of F1 with a nice backdrop of the beautiful buildings you have all around the centre of Baku. They were striding across the square in what was almost a military style, which created a different but stylish photo.

Podium Pose

Camera model: Nikon D5 | Exposure time: 1/500s | Aperture: F5.6 | ISO speed : 800 | Lens: 70 – 200mm Zoom with 1.4 Extender

Nico Rosberg received a beautiful trophy for his efforts in Baku. It was made to look like a ball of fire because Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire. It also has the colours of the flag on it and it was beautifully made. The drivers do love a different trophy and I think this offers that because it looks like a torch. Nico does this thing where he builds up the anticipation with the crowd before he lifts the trophy and they all cheer when he holds it above his head. I saw that it took pride of place on the plane home to Monaco, which he shared with some of the other drivers.

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