Mark Sutton: Story behind the shot - Canada
11 June 2014 – Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net is this season running a feature series entitled Story behind the shot. Mark Sutton of Sutton Images, who provides our website with pictures, will choose his favourite photo from each Grand Prix weekend with a description as to how he captured it.
Canadian Grand Prix: Friends again?
Mark Sutton: "It may not be an action shot or a photo of race winner Daniel Ricciardo, but I decided on this picture as it tells a story and offers a little insight from the weekend. It's from the drivers' parade on Sunday, for which I headed out to the first corner and shot the drivers waving to the crowd on my long lens.
"I stood in position on the grass at the first corner in front of the barriers, and noticed that both Mercedes drivers had stopped to be interviewed. I quickly dropped my kit on the grass and changed to a wide-angle lens as they started waving to the fans at the track and talking to FOM. There were the usual questions and then Lewis put his arm on Nico's shoulder. I could see that the issues in Monaco were over and that their friendship was back.
"I had already witnessed a change in Lewis' attitude at the drivers' autograph session, as they sat together and then walked back down the paddock chatting, smiling and generally looking as though they were friends again. Whether this was all set-up by Mercedes I'm not sure, but it worked. I'm hoping it's over. Bring on Austria!"
24-70mm Nikkor lens
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Exposure: F11 (200 ISO)