RACING

The stories behind the best photos of the 2022 F1 season so far

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Verstappen-Monaco

We start with Max Verstappen celebrating his victory in Miami with his girlfriend Kelly Piquet. It was such a passionate celebration. Max had come from third on the grid, overtaking the two Ferraris to take the lead. He managed to control things after the Safety Car fire. It was exceptionally hot and you can see how much the race cost him. These shots are a bit lucky because, as photographers, we have to claim our places before the teams and partners arrive in the celebration area. This often means you can be away from the action. This time it worked perfectly for me. I caught someone’s cell phone in the shot; what is interesting is that the image on the phone is offset from that of the moment.

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Perez – Monaco

Sergio Perez won his first victory of the season in Monaco. This photo is from the team’s post-race celebration in the Red Bull pool. It was an incredible moment, with the team enjoying a remarkable result. The celebration was delayed for several hours as Ferrari contested the result. We had to wait because we didn’t know when it would be and it was not easy to leave the Red Bull energy station due to the number of fans.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Latifi – Great Britain

Nicholas Latifi is often discredited as a driver. However, he made this very credible effort in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, placing his Williams in 10th place. This photo was taken during Q3, when the rain had started to fall again. I took this from around the club and love the spray. You can see how he leans on the car as he goes through the bend. Williams only brought an upgrade for one car to this race, and it was given to Alex Albon.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Zhou – Great Britain

Zhou Guanyu’s crash at the British Grand Prix is ​​next. I chose a specific plane of the horror crash. This shows that the hoop has been completely ground down and how the Halo is taking most of the pressure. You can see that the front tire deflated but remained attached. I took this photo with a very fast shutter speed (1/1000 of a second). It allows me to capture the sparkles with some detail.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Russell – Great Britain

George Russell got out of his car and climbed over the barriers to see if Zhou was okay. Here it is above the tire wall. It had taken some time for help to arrive, and Zhou was stuck between the tire wall and the fence, making it difficult to extract. You can see the Marshal giving a thumbs up to show that Zhou is fine. He wears rubber gloves to protect himself from the electrical elements of the car.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Stroll – Monaco

Another one I picked is Lance Stroll crashing at the Monaco Pool Complex. It was in the third trimester; he just did it and cut his wheel. It was a little hairy as I shot through the same barrier it crashed into. You can see parts of the car fragmenting. One of the great things about Monaco is shooting through barriers, because you can get so close to cars and capture them from unusual angles.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Sainz – Great Britain

Carlos Sainz celebrating his first victory at the British Grand Prix was a highlight. For once, it is not Verstappen who benefits from a mistake in Ferrari strategy, but Charles Leclerc’s teammate, Sainz. I loved his celebration here; it was so sincere. Drivers can sometimes be a little underwhelming in their celebrations, but Sainz was one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. Checo in Monaco was also up there.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Tsunoda – Hungary

Yuki Tsunoda during the Hungarian Grand Prix final practice is my next featured photo. There was so much standing water on the track that the car spewed out a huge rooster tail. I desaturated the image, leaving only Tsunoda’s red helmet as the only splash of color. I shot this one at a fast enough shutter speed to capture the water droplets as they are suspended in the air.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Gasly – Austria

Pierre Gasly was fired at the start of the Sprint race in Austria. He got tangled up with Lewis Hamilton and got thrown through the air. I thought we were going to have another bad crash like we did at Silverstone. I was shooting low and due to the hill I missed some of the initial action, but I was perfectly positioned to get this image. There’s something a little more immediate about shooting at track level. At most venues, the organizers erect a tower at the end of the straight for photographers to capture the start photo, which is great because you have a good view of everything that happens around the first corner. However, there are so many photographers out there that it’s nice to try something different.

© RN365/Michael Potts

© RN365/Michael Potts

Hulkenberg – Saudi Arabia

At the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg replaced Sebastian Vettel, who had covid. This slow shutter speed shot taken at 1/10 of a second has the car dissolve under the lights. The difference between shooting under lights versus normal daylight is that you have multiple light sources, evenly spaced when shooting at night. These pick up detail and create more of a sense of movement compared to a similar daylight shot, where the details blend together more.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

Verstappen and Hamilton – Hungary

Verstappen and Hamilton kissing at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix is ​​my final choice. It was great to see that even after such a tight championship last year. There’s genuine respect and camaraderie between these two leads, and they can celebrate each other’s success.

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© RN365/Michael Potts

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