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  • Story Behind the Image: Podium Mayhem

  • We send Sutton Images photographer Mark Sutton out to each F1 event to be our “man on the ground” at the races.  Afterwards, he shares with us his favourite image from each race, including how he captured the shot.

    This time, Mark’s image perfectly captured the energy of this particularly exciting race, which took place at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday July 26th.

    Podium Mayhem by Mark Sutton

    “I arrived at the race very early in order to be on pole position in the corner, but once I was up there it was hectic with so many incidents happening one after another. I was swapping cameras and positions to capture it all, and once the race ended I knew the podium was going to have a special atmosphere.

    Turns out I was in the right place.  It all started as Sebastian Vettel arrived into Parc Ferme saluting his team.  There was a lot of activity in the podium, but I managed to get all the drivers to look up by shouting at them.

    But this image is my favourite.  I love it because I’m not only in a prime position, but also it captures the atmosphere of this historic track in Budapest, Hungary.  It was taken during the national anthem which gives you a little time to change lenses (I switched to the 10.5mm Fisheye) and capture something different, so here you can see the crowd on the track with their flags and the teams below in the pit lane, as well as the winners on the podium.”

    July Hungarian F1 Mark SuttonPodium Mayhem by Mark Sutton

    Camera: Nikon D4s Digital SLR Body

    Lens: AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

    Exif data:

    • Shutter Speed: 1/1000th of a second
    • Aperture: f/11

    This is an ongoing series, so check back in a month when we will bring you Mark’s favourite image from the Belgian leg of the F1, taking place on August 23rd.