- Life Through a Lens - Mark Sutton
F1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his six favourite shots from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix
My first frame is Fernando Alonso at the driver portrait session, which has now become an FIA thing. Sutton Images have got a backdrop out in Australia that they've kept there for about five years, so they set the backdrop up on Thursday, set all the chairs and benches up, so you're looking at having between 50 and 60 photographers shooting these portraits. You've also got people shooting from the side trying to create these side photos, and what I've done is I've taken a picture over the top of these people who are doing the side photos. It just gives you more of an atmosphere; Alonso is just leaving and you can see how the organisers really look after the backdrops with the Melbourne signs on the fence. It really adds to the pictures
Nosey Red Bull
In Australia we get a chance to look at all of the cars in more detail, and it's interesting to see all the drivers and mainly the engineers and designers going round and looking at all the cars. This one's great because it shows Rob Marshall - the Red Bull chief designer - and it just proves that even the top teams aren't confident and want to know what the other teams are up to, what their designs look like, what concepts they have and which direction they're going in. Obviously Mercedes was a good car to be looking at because this weekend we found out about the 'F-duct' shown in the second picture, and it caused quite a stir in terms of the concept and whether it's actually legal.
The light was just incredible when Jenson got out the car. He came over towards me and I was quite low down actually so there's a bit of sky behind it and you can see his gloves. The problem for people who were higher up was that the black background made it hard to distinguish the gloves, which are making a W. He was obviously ecstatic and the best thing about it was that I won so money on him so it was even better! I was doing an autograph signing session with him at the last test in Barcelona and the last thing he said to me was "see you in Parc Ferme" so I took his word for it and put bets on for pole, victory and to win the championship. I was quite happy with that!
This is Aaron Eckhart, Kate Peck and Lenny Kravitz just before they did the national anthem on the grid. So they're all set up, and Aaron Eckhart looks like he's come off a safari! What was more bizarre was that Lenny Kravitz was in his usual smart clothing but with a scarf on in 25 or 26 degree heat! It was good to have some celebrities - there tends to always be somebody in Australia over there for the event.