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  • STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Lewis salutes his fans

  • Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 celebrates with the fans at Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 5 July 2015Lewis salutes his fans shot with a Nikon D4s by Mark Sutton, Sutton Images

    Race day was full of emotions for Lewis and his fans. Thanks to his calm and pit-stop strategy, Lewis won home Grand Prix success! After his win, Lewis signed hundreds of autographs all day. During the drivers parade he spent a good 15-20 minutes signing at the fence, it was great to watch. Then, at one point, he decided to climb the fence and salute thousands of his fans who were camped on the main start-line straight. All of them surged toward him to show their support and get a bit closer to their hero. At this point, I decided to climb the stairs of the start gantry and take a great spot looking down on the crowd and I thought that if Lewis jumped the fence again after his BBC & Sky interviews, then this would be the place to capture a great atmospheric image. Here, I switched to the Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8 lens, which offers a wider angle. Just then, Lewis jumped the fence and showed off the amazing British Grand Prix Race Gold trophy to fans who had waited patiently on the track – and I just started clicking away.

    This shot is my final choice because the pop of fill-in flash from another photographer actually helped bring this image to life. That night, I found myself camped outside his pit-box for the Team celebrations, which have been a regular thing this year with 8 out of 9 race victories for the team.

    Camera – Nikon D4s Body

    Lens – Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8G ED AF-S

    Shutter Speed – 1/320th of a second

    Exposure – F11

    ISO – 400

    Next race is in Budapest on 24 – 26th July! Stay tuned for the next F1 photo highlight as taken by Mark Sutton who will be there on the ground.