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GP Racing UK January 2018

Every month, its stunning photography and unrivalled journalism gives readers unparalleled access to the world of grand prix racing. GP Racing captures the drama, asks the questions, and delivers the comment on Formula 1 - one of the most popular and exciting sports in the world.

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Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
why ham was the man in 2017

So. Did Lewis ‘let him have it’? Or, less emotively, did Hamilton subtly gift Valtteri Bottas a victory in Abu Dhabi? That was the nagging question left by a season finale which, rather unfortunately, proved to be by some margin the dullest grand prix of the year, as Bottas cruised to an apparently untroubled win, ahead of his world champion team-mate. The lack of excitement on Yas Island stood in acute contrast to the excruciating laps ground out last year, as Nico Rosberg clung on to the second place that would secure his world title. This time around the only controversy of note was the failure of an intercom system that left the media corps in silence as the post-race interviews began. Not that we missed too much… Regardless, the point here is…

1 min.

PAUL RIPKE Mercedes are selling 2,017 copies of Ripke’s photo-led book to celebrate their and Lewis’s titles. See his work on p54 & p66 MAURICE HAMILTON The veteran F1 reporter first interviewed Jenson Button in his rookie season back in 2000. Now, 17 years on, they catch up again (p82) DAMIEN SMITH Our former editor in chief now dedicates his Sundays to writing about F1. His latest chapter on Ferrari’s history is on page 92 VANESSA LONGWORTH It is with sadness that we bid farewell to our chief sub-editor, Vanessa. She’s been at the mag since 2009 and will be sorely missed…

1 min.
a bird’s-eye view of yas marina circuit

Each year the organisers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are able to give photographers access to the Viceroy Hotel that overlooks the Yas Marina track. Before Saturday morning’s practice session, I went to reception and was guided by a member of the hotel staff to a room above the walkway that spans across the circuit. As you shoot into the light, you get a back-lit effect on the cars and the shadows really stand out. However, it’s the intricate mesh of the hotel’s roof that is really impressive. It’s unusual to have a hotel within an F1 circuit, so it provides a great opportunity for guests - and photographers - to enjoy the views. Photographer LAT IMAGE : Lorenzo Bellanca Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 2.42pm, Saturday 25 November 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 14mm lens, 1/2000sec…

1 min.
emerging from the desert shadows

For the beginning of qualifying I positioned myself on the outside of the track at Turn 3. Sunset in the Middle East at this time of year (late November) is just after 5.30pm and as the session started at 5pm local time, the first period was perfect to capture this shot. The deep yellow of sunlight mixes perfectly with the colour of Carlos Sainz’s Renault and also the sparks that strike up from underneath the foor of the chassis. What’s particularly cool is that for this race and Singapore, drivers use clear visors for the shift into foodlit driving, so you can always make out their facial features - and sometimes even their eyes. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Lorenzo Bellanca Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 5.08pm, Saturday 25 November 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 600mm lens, 1/1000sec…

1 min.
hamilton shines in season finale

This photograph of Lewis Hamilton was taken just 20 minutes before the first of these Parades (see page 8). I’m still in the room in the Viceroy Hotel, but for this image I’m using a longer 300mm lens and I’m shooting in the other direction. The Mercedes has already rounded the apex of Turn 19 and is caught in the patches of shadows and sunlight that is created through the unusual-looking roof of the Viceroy Hotel. The direction of the light also extenuates the beautiful curves on the championship-winning W08. The picture highlights the range of shots that you can take from the same place, but with different lenses. Photographer LAT IMAGES : Lorenzo Bellanca Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 2.22pm, Saturday 25 November 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 300mm lens, 1/1600sec @ F3.5…

1 min.
the sun sets on another year of f1

After 20 grands prix and nine months on the road, the Formula 1 season came to a close in Abu Dhabi and this sunset shot neatly encapsualtes that mood. This was also taken from the outside of Turn 3 as Valtteri Bottas is charging fat-out downhill towards the chicane on his first run in the first period of qualifying. Bottas was quick all weekend and he was able to convert pole position into a race win, ahead of his champion team-mate Hamilton. Taken on an 85mm lens, to capture the palm trees, crowd and sun, you can see there is almost a purple effect refected on the Mercedes, enhanced by twinkles of light. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Lorenzo Bellanca Where Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi When 5.04pm, Saturday 25 November 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 85mm lens, 1/320sec @…