- Mark Sutton's 2012 photo review
The season in photos - Part two
F1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his favourite shots from the second half of the season
Hungary - Lewis celebrates
Belgium - The big one
It's difficult to know when you're shooting a photo like this who is to blame. I captured it from the start and I followed Romain Grosjean as his car flew into the air and I could also see Fernando in the air, but I didn't really see anything of Lewis. If you look at the frame sequence and how long it took, it probably took five seconds max and if you watch it on TV you don't really see the height that these guys get, unless you watch it in car. It's hard to fully see the ferocity of the accident and the explosion of carbon fibre that happens until you see it in a picture. On TV you saw Lewis walking back to the garage with a bit of his car and that's because he found it in the pit lane! It came off his car with such force that it flew into the pit lane exit by the lights, which is just incredible and actually quite scary.
Italy - Forza Alonso
Singapore - Dream team
When I took this photo we didn't know Lewis and Nico Rosberg would be teamed up at Mercedes in 2013. They've been good mates and rivals since their karting days and now they will be in the same team together. I took the photo on the Friday evening after the drivers' briefing, which is a good opportunity to get photos of the drivers. But this time there were absolutely no other photographers around because it's almost like people do their work and leave because by then it's the early hours of the morning. I hang around because I always think there is more work to do, but other people just tend to disappear - not that I'm complaining.
Japan - Fanatical fans
It seemed that this year the fans were the craziest I'd seen them for a long time, probably since the Senna and Mansell days. I don't know why, but they just seem to be getting a bit more back in to it now with home-made samurai swords, engines on their backs, cars on top of their heads and flags; they seem to be making a lot of their own stuff and then mixing it with official stuff. It's very funny and they're so enthusiastic, it's brilliant, I love it. They're probably the most enthusiastic fans of the year. Some of the shots were taken Friday and some were taken race day, and I actually went in to the crowd on race day - which was a bit bizarre - and had a little wander round. I gave out a few of the Sutton and GPWEEK cards to fans I'd taken pictures of and the next minute there were hands coming in left, right and centre because they all wanted something that was free! So I gave out about 500 cards in a couple of minutes and it actually felt a bit dangerous like when drivers sign their autographs. I signed a few and it was quite nice having to do that because the drivers don't tend to go in the public area so for the fans to see someone from the paddock go out in the merchandise area was quite rare. It was good to go out there and meet the fans, mention this column I do for ESPN and give out the cards so it was a good PR exercise, but mainly a good experience in terms of meeting people because they are completely bonkers!
Korea - The Iceman cometh
They say that nobody's interested in motorsport in Korea but they are - there are a lot of fans there. There are a lot of fans that have got particular favourites as drivers, and someone pointed this sign out to me. So I went over and shot it through the fence - I took the hood off my lens and luckily you can fit the 70-200mm through a fence - and it makes me laugh. They do love Kimi, he's a bit of a character and it's a bit tongue in cheek. There were a few banners like that, I'm not sure where they got them from but I think it's just race fans. It's a very funny sign.
India - A land of contrasts
Abu Dhabi - King Kimi
USA - Lights out
Brazil - Vettel's victory moment
I can't pick a favourite out of these. With Schumacher beside him is a good moment, it's like the changing of the guard I suppose. They were side-by-side in parc ferme and it was a carnage moment as all the photographers were waiting and as soon as he came in we all ran to the car - it was a bit crazy. I got a reasonable position - you're never happy with what you've got - but I did a decent job with everyone else behind me. Then he went and sat on the car which was quite a nice shot as he pretended to be a bullfighter sat on the bull. Next he ran over to the team and the team picture was also carnage as we were all running through parc ferme after him and at any other race we probably would have been banned! Then I went across to the gate to go towards the TV pen and all of a sudden Seb and Christian Horner came over, so it was just me, two photographers and a TV camera. I was just shooting away and capturing really nice emotions as Christian was shouting at him "You've done it, you've done it, your third title" but I don't think Seb could take it all in. Christian had a hold of his head and was shaking it with pure emotions and it seemed Seb couldn't believe it. These are the photos that show the real emotions; I didn't shoot the race podium or Red Bull's podium set-up because although they were great they're part of the script, not the immediate reaction or emotion which we really want.