- Life Through a Lens - Mark Sutton
F1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his six favourite shots from the Indian Grand Prix
Middle Eastern Monaco
The roof of the Yas Hotel makes for great photos and is continually changing colour. I was actually lucky enough to stay in that hotel for the Young Driver Test because they reduced the prices. It's 5/6* so it's very nice and staying there gave me the chance to get a closer look at the roof. Those patterns are created by a light shining on a glass panel, so it's not the panels that light up themselves - more of a projection. After the race they put the chequered flag on it and later on they projected the UAE flag up there, which was a nice touch. You can also see the boats in the harbour, although it didn't take long for those to clear out after the race!
Button's Movember moustache
I didn't really notice Jenson Button's new moustache to start with, because it's quite fair and a similar colour to his skin. I was trying to get some shots in the pits but you couldn't really see it! So it was great when he actually pointed to it after qualifying and then Sebastian Vettel joined in. It's good to see because it's part of Movember, which I'm also taking part in, and it's all raising money for charity. It's going to be funny to see how much bushier it is in Brazil and if it's got any darker. It's nice to see a bit of humour among the drivers and Button and Vettel are always sharing jokes in press conferences, so it was no surprise to see them getting on well.
Rosberg and Mercedes
Obviously Nico signed a new deal with Mercedes ahead of the race, but I stumbled upon this photo opportunity by mistake. I just happened to be around the back of the paddock and I saw a TV crew with him and he'd made this Mercedes star with some sand. It was a good opportunity to get some photos and he was quite open to me taking shots while they were filming. In fact, he asked if he could have a look at my photos because he didn't want to look an idiot! But I think he liked what he saw and we carried on with a few more shots. It's always good to take the opportunity to build up a bit of a rapport with the drivers and to show them what I do. It's important, too, because these are the guys we have to work with and you get much better photos if they appreciate what we do.
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