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GP Racing UK November 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.

United Kingdom
Autosport Media UK Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the turn of the screw

We’ve been here before: those periods in an F1 season when the champion-elect hits his groove and leaves his rivals whimpering at the roadside, with nothing better to show for their efforts than a covering of road dust. Michael Schumacher did it routinely in the noughties; Sebastian Vettel closed out 2013 with ten wins from 11 races. And that’s pretty much how it looks for Lewis Hamilton right now, despite the valiant efforts of Seb, Ferrari and, latterly, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, to stand strong in the face of the Hamilton-Mercedes tsunami. The stats tell their own story: since the August break, Lewis has won four from five, dropping only seven points from a maximum 125 with his P2 finish in Malaysia. In the same period, Vettel has taken only a…

1 min.

DEAN & EMMA WRIGHT Recent Motorsport Network recruits Dean and Emma do more than just 3D animation – check out their illustrations on p42 ANDREW FERRARO He’s making waves in the commercial world with his portraiture – turn to p74 to see what Andrew did with Stoffel Vandoorne JUSTIN HYNES As a regular contributor to FIA Auto magazine, Justin was just the man to get the inside line on the controversial ‘halo’ device (p42) MALCOLM GRIFFITHS We sent ‘Malcy’ to the Merc Museum in Stuttgart to shoot our cover feature – an interview with Nico Rosberg (p32)…

1 min.
three into two

I’m convinced this will be the defining moment of the 2017 F1 season: the three-way shunt between Max Verstappen and the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen. This shot captures the aftermath of the moment the two Ferraris pincered Verstappen. Already the cars are travelling at such speed that simple contact triggers a chain reaction that wipes out these three and dooms a fast-starting Fernando Alonso (car 14). Alonso thinks he’s avoided the shunt, but the wreckage catches up with him at Turn 1. It’s an illustration of the savage amounts of kinetic energy unleashed during the start of a Formula 1 grand prix. Almost out of shot – you can just see his left-hand tyres – is the eventual winner. Lewis was lucky, but brilliant. Photographer LAT IMAGES : Lorenzo Bellanca Where…

1 min.
turn right, look left

I always try to find a corner where you can see the drivers are really on the limit, and where it’s possible to capture this in a single image. This is Turn 3 in Singapore, shot from a photographers’ tower to give it an elevated angle. There’s the bonus of some background colour that blurs nicely, thanks to the slow shutter speed, which also emphasises the fat-out nature of qualifying. What makes this shot of Carlos Sainz more unusual is that you can see his head – and, thanks to the clear visor, his eyes – looking towards the big screen on his left. That’s real skill: going fat-out, but with enough mental bandwidth to check what his rivals are doing. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Andy Hone Where Marina Bay, Singapore When 6.28pm, Saturday 16…

1 min.
the light’s fantastic

Singapore isn’t the only night race on the calendar now, but its artificial lighting remains state-of-the-art. While it’s a challenge to shoot, it’s also an opportunity to create unusual and distinctive effects. I positioned myself at the entrance of the Haas team’s garage at the beginning of the qualifying session to shoot Kevin Magnussen peeling out into the pitlane. Using a slow shutter speed helped to create this striking effect, full of energy and colour blurring together to create a dramatic image. You’ve got the green of the Haas brake coolers, the purple of the big TV screen and the white smear of pitlane lights, all contrasting nicely with the car. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Andy Hone Where Marina Bay, Singapore When 6pm, Saturday 16 September 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX, 35mm lens, 1/5th @ F8…

1 min.
the origin of symmetry

Since this year’s Spanish GP, race organisers have directed the top three qualifiers to stop on the main straight, rather than in parc fermé, so the TV interviews are broadcast simultaneously to fans in the grandstands as well as those at home. This has created an opportunity for much more visually engaging imagery; previously, drivers would just wave from the garage. I spent the session in the pitlane and came onto the track with the TV crew. This picture works because there’s the symmetry of Sebastian framed between the lights and the circuit fencing, with the two Red Bulls on either side; Seb standing on his car is a bonus. Photographer LAT IMAGES: Steven Tee Where Marina Bay, Singapore When 10.03pm, Saturday 16 September 2017 Details Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 35mm lens, 1/500th @ F4…