Story behind the photo: Hamilton blessed with Suzuka vibes

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.

The celebrations that followed Lewis Hamilton’s superb victory in the Japanese Grand Prix were a bit bizarre, but great to photograph from my privileged position out of the door of the media centre next to the podium.

The spot offers an amazing view. As Lewis fist-pumped and then placed his hands on his helmet, you could see he was very emotional and then knelt on his cockpit with his arms apart like a sign to God.

Then, after celebrating with his team, he knelt by the car and seemed to pray and thank his blessings that his car was so good – and Sebastian Vettel, his main rival, had retired.

Roll on Austin – this could be the title decider, and Lewis loves the US and the COTA track.

Tech specs:

Camera body - Nikon D5

Lens - Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8

Shutter speed - 1/640th of a second

Aperture - F5.6

ISO - 800

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Special feature