|Life Through a Lens: Hungary and Germany
F1 photographer Mark Sutton talks ESPN through his favourite shots from Hungary and Germany.
Kimi For President
I was obviously in a prime position on the podium. I got that position again in the corner which I was privileged to be in again once more. From there you can just shoot whatever you see really and that tends to be people, flags, podium, parc ferme, teams, and every celebration obviously on the podium. You just can’t stop shooting to be honest and after the podium finished a lot of the fans stayed on the track and they paraded up and down, waving to all the TV crews. Some of them did spot me on top of the roof actually, not these ones in particular. It’s a really good atmosphere in Hungary and the fans go crazy. They’ve been there all day in the sun, enjoying themselves. They tend to take out that sort of happiness on the track when the race has finished. So it’s quite a funny moment, Kimi for president.
‘Bulls And Arrows’
At Turn 2 what we would generally do is do the grid, do all the grid preparations and whatever goes on. Then we are kicked off sort of 15 minutes before the start of the race. We then go into the paddock and down the stairs to where the photo area is, pick up the long lenses and then you literally go down to Turn 2. It’s quite a tight angle coming into that corner and obviously all the cars pile in there. There doesn’t seem to be many crashes there to be honest — more at Turn 1 where it’s tighter — but it’s still a nice group shot coming into that corner. I actually shot it more from the banking on the left, rather than shooting it head on. I thought I’d go for a slightly different angle, coming towards me which I think is quite nice.
An Interested Spectator
The bear one is quite funny from Hungary, only because it was put there by marshals. I saw it on the first day. It was basically watching TV on the first day. They had set a TV up on a stand and they put him on a chair and one of our photographers took some pictures of that. I knew I was going out there on Saturday morning before qualifying and I went out there quite early. They then put it into a swimming pool with a duck, amazingly like it was on holiday. They were giving it different scenarios to be in and I think it’s quite funny, it’s just nice to have some humour from the marshals. I have seen bears and ducks and various different animals but this was quite a big teddy bear, I guess that’s better because it stands out in the picture.
Can I Stand There Please, Lewis?
Some people just do the rear shot which is fine, but a load of guys from the back — I don’t particularly like it — but they think it’s quite moody. You are trying to create an atmospheric picture. It’s quite nice, I’ve seen some where the planes go over and things like that and that’s quite nice but it just gets a bit repetitive. I went round and I looked over and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I put my camera up, I could see Nico was behind and I thought ‘just let him in, it’s not difficult’.
I looked to the other end and Ericsson’s was the furthest to the left and he’s got loads of space and there’s actually a plaque on the floor where someone should be and maybe someone went in the wrong place. Obviously Nico seems to have got the hump, it looks like that to me with the pictures. Maybe the pictures tell the bad story I don’t know! Nico is staring right at him and I’m thinking — because I didn’t see these clips before I didn’t know what was going on — it looked like he was a bit p—– off about the fact that you want to be at the front at your home race.
He was there all weekend. He was at the football — I covered the football on the Wednesday night — and obviously that was an event for Michael, so we knew he was coming to the track. He was in Mercedes the first day I think on the Friday, pretty much spent all day in the back and then turned up with Michael’s PA on the Saturday and was in Ferrari, which was quite interesting. He had just been invited by the team to sit there and listen to what they say. Michael hid the kids from the limelight and when Mick started driving in karts they had this arrangement with the German media that they wouldn’t publish any pictures of his face. It was good to see him there and he’s obviously a cool kid. It was good to see them in the garage, at the end of the day he’s had a feel for what goes on and what works.