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GP Racing UK July 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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Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
why we can always expect the unexpected

Lewis Hamilton wasn’t too popular in the US during Fernando Alonso’s crack at the Indy 500 in May. Why? Something to do with his off-the-cuff, dismissive comments on a racing world of which he has zero experience – that’s why. “I looked at the times and, frankly, for his first ever qualifying, for Fernando to be fifth – what does that say about Indy?” he sniffed to French newspaper L’Équipe. “A great driver, if he cannot win in Formula 1, will look for other races to win. But to see him fifth against drivers who are there all year is... interesting.” Hamilton should know better than anyone that snap judgements based on headline facts without context can be misleading. Would he accept that his fourth place on the Melbourne grid at his…

1 min.

STEVEN TEE There was a notable absence in Monte Carlo. Having not missed a GP in over 30 years, Steven was instead shooting Alonso at Indy (page 40) PAT SYMONDS In this month’s column (p28) Pat reflects on how a race meeting on 24 March 1967 inspired his choice of career LORENZO BELLANCA It’s been another busy month for one of our star photographers. Check out Lorenzo’s stunning Parade images of Monaco (p8) ALEXANDER PUSHKIN The words of the Russian poet chime perfectly with our late-night photographic tour of the Spanish GP paddock, on page 68…

1 min.
alonso tackles the historic brickyard

I’d been to Indy before to cover the eight F1 races that were held there from 2000-07, but this was my first visit to the showpiece Indianapolis 500 race. The beauty of the event was that I could concentrate on the one job I had, which was to shadow Fernando Alonso for the whole weekend. This image was taken from the very top of the Pagoda, the tower above the pits that contains Race Control and the VIP hospitality suites. In this high-shutter speed panning shot, Fernando is running over the iconic strip of bricks that made up the original track surface. Sadly, this was just three or four laps before his engine blew up. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Steven Tee Where Indianapolis, USA When 3.10pm, Sunday 28 May 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 200mm lens, 1/1000th…

1 min.
rookie alonso wows the crowds

From the moment I went on a parade with Alonso through the city of Indianapolis on Saturday, it was clear that he was already a fan favourite. Everywhere he went he was cheered by supporters. I wanted to try to capture some of that enthusiasm, so I went to stand between Turns 1 and 2 to take this picture with the crowd in the background. I was quite impressed that so many people stayed to watch the entire race from their seats and weren’t tempted to disappear behind the grandstand to buy the large turkey legs that were on offer! The atmosphere of the event was truly amazing and the support for Fernando was huge. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Steven Tee Where Indianapolis, USA When 2.51pm, Sunday 28 May 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 200mm lens, 1/100th…

1 min.
when f1 and indy combine

Fernando Alonso’s bright orange McLaren-Honda is unmissable from the Pagoda overlooking the start/finish line and pitlane. Here he has just completed his 16th lap, as you can see from Indy’s iconic scoring pylon. One concern I had was a rumour that US Vice President Mike Pence was planning to watch the race from the Pagoda, so there was a chance security would restrict my access to the top foor of the building. Thankfully he chose to watch from the hospitality suites on the outside of Turn 2 instead, so it wasn’t a problem. From here you can also make out the old F1 grid markings facing in the opposite direction. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Steven Tee Where Indianapolis, USA When 12.37pm, Sunday 28 May 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 200mm lens, 1/1600th @ F8…

1 min.
re-emerging from the shadows

It was great to see my old chum Jenson Button come out of semi-retirement for this one-off appearance in the Monaco Grand Prix. This photograph is from the Saturday morning practice session – I took it from an apartment overlooking the outside of the first corner and it’s an overhead panning shot of the McLaren, just as Jenson is beginning to brake for Ste Dévote. You can see the sunlight just starting to break through the trees overhead. The yellow line you can see on the track denotes the pitlane exit, which drivers must not cut across when they are returning to the circuit. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Lorenzo Bellanca Where Monte Carlo, Monaco When 11.45am, Saturday 27 May 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 135mm lens, 1/60th @ F13…