Story behind the photo: Flash Max grabs all the attention
After every grand prix, ace photographer Mark Sutton of Sutton Images gives us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to cover Formula 1 from behind the lens.
Max Verstappen claimed a second win in his short Formula 1 career in Malaysia. After overtaking Lewis Hamilton early on, he was quickly away in the distance lapping nearly a second a lap quicker.
There were great celebrations following the race, but I waited until the team celebrations for something a bit different by shooting from the media centre window looking down on the throng with my lens stuck firmly against the glass.
I waited for the best moment, and this came as Max was lifted by chief mechanic Nigel – a huge guy with lots of muscle! – and you can see all the photographers fighting for position to get the right angle.
At this particular moment, a flash pops on Max’s face to lighten the subject and create this emotional image of the race winner celebrating with his trophy aloft.
Camera body - Nikon D5
Lens - Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8
Shutter speed - 1/320th of a second
Aperture - F5.6
ISO - 800
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