September 25, 2013

Nothing Comes Close

By Jamey Price In Recent Work, Formula 1

“Nothing Comes Close.” That is the Singapore Grand Prix marketing tag line. And they could not be more right in any single way.

I’m standing behind the catch fence of turn 19…just as the cars exit the tunnel. It’s Q3 of qualifying and the top 10 cars are making their way around track. You can hear the wail of the engines behind me in the distance and it slowly gets louder and more defined. Listening to the engine, you can hear who is on a warm up lap and who is on their final flying lap. The first car coming at me is definitely on a flying lap. The use of the brakes and accelerator are very sharp and defined and it sounds like a mega lap he has going. Before I can see the car, I’m pretty sure I know who it is. I put my eye to look through the view finder and moments later the car enters my frame, bouncing over the curbs in front of me, and I follow him through the corner and fire off a few photos, and as quickly as he came, he’s gone screaming off into the distance again. Yup, it’s exactly who I thought it would be. And he is tearing the streets of Singapore apart. His exit speed from this particular corner is miles faster than anyone else, almost to the point of scaring me back from where I’m shooting from. It is impressive to say the least.

No one really came close to matching Vettel all weekend. Rosberg came fairly close in qualifying, but at the end of the day…it was really ever going to be one man on the top step of the podium. But on a larger level,  I’m more impressed by the Singapore Grand Prix venue. I’ve been to many a grand prix and nothing I’ve seen can quite compete with the electric atmosphere that Singapore radiates all weekend long. The fans are blood thirsty for Formula One. From the cabbie who couldn’t stop talking about the exciting weekend of racing, to the hordes of fans who line the trackside viewing areas and grand stands. The whole weekend feels like a dream. Neon lights, fast cars and pretty women. It is one race that should definitely be added to any racing fan’s bucket list.

So without waxing poetic about things like how listening to practice 3 from atop the Singapore flyer came close to being a visually life changing experience, here are my favorite images from the weekend.

Thank you to Russ, Laurent, James, Drew, Road and Track and of course the wonderful people of Singapore for making my third grand prix a truly unforgettable weekend. 

© Jamey Price / James Moy Photography 2013

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  1. Laurens September 25, 2013

    Most excellent, as usual sir!

  2. Chris Leboe September 25, 2013

    Love this series. Especially that Lotus from above and the Red Bull with the marbles down either side of the track. Nicely done.

  3. Rafael Marquez September 25, 2013

    Beautiful shots! Love the action and emotion.

  4. Tom Shaxson September 26, 2013

    I’ve been following you and your photography for a while now, and it’s safe to say that these are my favourite pictures from you. I have just one question, since this circuit is raced during the night, do you find it difficult on the camera? In terms of high ISO – or is the circuit pretty well lit up?

    I look forward to hearing from you, and I’m already excited to see your images from the Austin Grand Prix!


  5. Dan O September 26, 2013

    Fantastic photos. Great work…

  6. Ken September 26, 2013

    Nice. Very nice!

  7. Jamey Price September 26, 2013

    Hi Tom! It was challenging at times but not horrible. Modern DSLRs are capable of high ISO without much noise so it was not a huge issue. But the track is generally very well lit.

  8. Geir Arne Hansen September 26, 2013

    Hi! 🙂
    Beautiful photos! 🙂

  9. lou September 26, 2013

    Fabulous photographs Jamey! I love them! So pleased you had a great weekend!

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  14. Mark Waller November 8, 2013

    Thanks for the use of the photo on my site

  15. Mike G December 5, 2013

    Fantastic, I love the style and passion your photos convey.

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