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GP Racing UK April 2017

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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In this issue

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a new dawn for f1 – and for f1 racing

Martin Brundle declares himself an “eternal optimist” in our ‘F1 Summit’ season preview feature on page 50 of this issue. We like his style. Yes, the fear that brooding clouds might dull Formula 1’s bright, new dawn might well prove justified. But right now, in these sweet moments of anticipation for the unwritten season ahead, let’s take our cue from Martin and smile: the dark winter is behind us, and it’s time to go racing. The new tech regs have delivered on the promise of a faster, better-looking racing car breed (in spite of those missed-a-trick infernal dorsals). Pirelli’s big new boots look the part, too, and, from what we’ve learnt so far, they tick the box in terms of what they’re intended to do – relative, at least, to the…

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LORENZO BELLANCA Returning as our principal photographer, Loz took the pictures for our trip to Fiorano (p80), and the first test in Barcelona (p60) ADRIAN MYERS Adrian provided this month’s brilliant cover shoot with the Red Bull duo. See the rest of his work in our cover feature on p36 BEN WRIGHT Ben’s last F1R shoot with a McLaren new-boy was Lewis Hamilton ten years ago. Now see her pics of Stoffel Vandoorne on page 88 ANTHONY PEACOCK We sent ‘Piccolo’ to Maranello where he joined the tifosi to get a glimpse of Ferrari running their new car for the first time (p80)…

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vettel and ferrari: going for gold?

This could be a critical year for Ferrari, and the signs from the first Barcelona test were very encouraging for them. I took this picture of Sebastian Vettel towards the end of the first day of running, when I walked up the inside of the circuit and stood close to the exit of the long right-handed Turn 3. There is just enough height in the trees to create some dappled shade, and you can also see the glints of sunlight bouncing nicely off the scarlet Ferrari. The golden light in the photograph reminds me of similar shots that used to be taken at the nearby Montjuïc Park, when the Spanish Grand Prix was held there in the ’70s. Photographer LAT: Steven Tee Where Barcelona, Spain When 5.23pm, Monday 27 February 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 200mm lens, 1/500th…

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chasing shadows in the red bull

Max Verstappen completed almost 90 laps on the second day of running in the first Barcelona test. I photographed him on the downhill run after the Turn 5 hairpin, just as he was turning in to the left-right sequence that rises up again. The low shutter speed I’ve used gives some motion blur, which creates a sense of speed in the picture. This was the final run of the day and the sun is already sinking down over the grandstands. As a result the RB13 is backlit, and the Tarmac takes on a golden effect. You can also see the dazzle of the last rays of light refected in Max’s visor and across the top of the Red Bull’s monocoque. Photographer Lorenzo Bellanca Where Barcelona, Spain When 6.01pm, Tuesday 28 February 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX, 300mm lens, 1/30th…

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a lesson in dealing with turbulent air

One of the big unknowns for the new, high-downforce F1 cars is how closely they will be able to run in each other’s wake and whether they will be able to easily overtake one another. This shot shows a moment late in the afternoon on the first day of testing, when Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes came up behind Kevin Magnussen’s Haas. It’s quite unusual to have cars running so close together in testing, and Lewis later said that he found it much harder than last year to follow another car. The location is the Turn 2 exit, and this year the drivers will take it fat-out. It’s noticeable how much quicker they are compared with last year. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Steven Tee Where Barcelona, Spain When 4.44pm, Monday 27 February 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 200mm lens, 1/2000th…

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hamilton revels in the spanish limelight

The first F1 test took place later than usual this year, on account of all the changes to the regulations. Usually we’re in Spain earlier on in February, but this year the later date means there is more daylight, so the tests run for an extra hour each day, finishing at 6pm. This shot was taken from the inside of the track, looking across to the short straight before Hamilton enters the left-right of Turns 11 and 12. By the end of the day, the sun was very low, which produces this highlighting effect on Hamilton’s Mercedes. The golden sunlight really picks out the sleek curves on the new car, which is arguably one of the best-looking machines this year. Photographer Lorenzo Bellanca Where Barcelona, Spain When 5.50pm, Wednesday 1 March 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX, 600mm…