Montreal F1 Grand Prix: Class of 2013

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, winner of the 2013 Montreal Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, winner of the 2013 Montreal Grand Prix

The 2013 Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix is in the books. It will be remembered for the dominant performance of Sebastian Vettel leading from pole and the unfortunate accidental death of a race track worker.

I went on Friday to shoot during the two free practices. The morning practice started on wet tarmac but the track dried up as the day progressed. The day turned out to be really nice as the diffuse light is much better to see the awesome liveries of the different teams.

I like going on Friday because the stands are not too crowded and I can pan with a telephoto without fear of hitting people behind the head. Also, it helps to move around slightly as the shots tend to be the sharpest when the cars are moving perpendicular to the direction of panning. Moving a few meters really helps getting a ”different” shot with respect to the curve. Changing seats becomes impossible during the qualifiers or on race day. I do not even bother hauling my photo gear for the Saturday or Sunday when I go as I find the photo ops to be lacking. I wish I could shoot from the track level and avoid the headaches of shooting around people in the stands. One day maybe…

All the shots included in the gallery are captured from Stand 12 in the Senna curves.

Equipment: Canon DSLR 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens

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