Wednesday 17 January 2018

What happens when an F1 driver is given a camera?

<b>Damon Hill (F1 champion 1996) </b>
'I'm a big fan of surfing and took this picture on a beach in Devon. After a day surfing I was trying to capture the light on the dunes at dusk when suddenly some other surfers came running into the shot at just the right moment, making it the perfect photo opportunity.' </p>

Damon Hill (F1 champion 1996)

'I'm a big fan of surfing and took this picture on a beach in Devon. After a day surfing I was trying to capture the light on the dunes at dusk when suddenly some other surfers came running into the shot at just the right moment, making it the perfect photo opportunity.'

Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)

'If I had to find a title for this picture, it would be very simple: ‘the office'. The cockpit of a Formula One car is a place where I feel completely at home, and everything is second nature. The experience is even more enjoyable at a driver's circuit like this one, Suzuka, where you constantly have to challenge yourself and the car to go right to the limits.'

Ross Brawn (team principal, Mercedes)

'I took this at the 2011 Singapore GP from my seat on the pit wall as Michael was pulling out of the garage during the second Friday practice session. As F1's only night race, Singapore is such a unique event, and the lights in the pit lane and around the track make it a real spectacle for the fans. Hopefully this photo gives some idea of the atmosphere in the pit lane under lights.'

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

'Singapore is one of my favourite races. The picture was taken just when we go to the driver's parade with all the classic cars. Here you can see the beautiful grid girl, later on the starting grid you don't notice this because there are so many things to do just before starting the race. It's always special, when the race starts in the light and later it's becoming dark. Singapore has become like a second Monaco in the calendar. I always spend more than a week in this amazing city.'

Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

'Events like these [Ferrari's annual skiiing event] are special because, for once, they allow you to spend time together away from the frenetic pace of the race track and the working environment of the factory. It's a nice way to get to know one another better and to find the sort of understanding you get with a second family. I think these events are part of what makes Ferrari a special team, different from all the others.'

Jenson Button (McLaren)

'They gave me a camera and this was the first thing I saw – so I thought it would be funny to get a shot of Martin [Whitmarsh]. I'm not sure if he's looking at me with a smile or a smirk. This picture tells you a lot about where we work – I think it's the end of a practice session at Spa-Francorchamps, so what you see here is very much the average working day of a Formula One driver.'

Murray Walker (former F1 commentator)

'My photo features a very rare four-cylinder AJS of 1931 vintage which I took at the 50th Graham Walker Memorial Run, held at Beaulieu in August in honour of my father who died 50 years ago.'

Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)

'I took this picture when I visited Mount Fuji for the first time. It is a beautiful landscape in the Japanese Alps. You can go by car a good way up to this holy mountain and the view is what you see when this road ends.'

Bernie Ecclestone (F1 supremo)

'These two interesting statues are in my house in Gstaad in Switzerland. I can't remember where they came from but I like them a lot.'

Franz Tost (team principal, Toro Rosso)

'Formula 1 is a team sport using high-tech machinery, but in the end, what people remember over the years, apart from a handful of truly beautiful racing cars, are the racing drivers. They are the stars of the show, the centre of attention and the ones who bring the racing to life on Sunday afternoon. So here is our current line-up of youngsters, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, full of talent, full of hope for the future.'

Mark Webber (Red Bull)

'All of us know how much we love hotels but it's good to be at home. The good thing about going home to my dogs, Simba and Shadow, is that they don't know if I've had a bad day or a good day. They're always happy to see me. I live in England and even though I love racing everywhere, at Silverstone there is that extra little bit that makes you a bit more relaxed and a bit more comfortable.'

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), world champion

'This is the mountain known as the Red Wall, in Vorarlberg in Austria. It's an awesome view! I know the area really well. I went on my first skiing trip there with my family and my good friend, Joschi Walch, who ran the hospitality unit when I made my F1 debut and now has a hotel in the area. I love to go to the region on holiday and it really is a home away from home as F1 catering boss Karl-Heinz Zimmermann also has his Alpenblick restaurant nearby. I love it.'

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

'Welcome to my office. I thought it would be nice to get a shot of the cockpit of my car. It's always a pretty amazing view; I never get used to being in a Formula One car, and I wanted to capture the fact that, while it's very cramped inside, and that there's a lot of action going on all around me, it's the place where I feel more comfortable than anywhere else. It's more of a second home than an office. The gloves on the wheel are like leaving your boots on the mat – a sign of being at home.'

Bruno Senna (Williams)

'This photograph is of my family's beach house just south of Rio in Brazil. I have many happy memories of this house, spending a lot of time here as a child surrounded by my family. It has breathtaking scenery and is very tranquil so I like to visit as often as I can.'

Paul Di Resta (Force India)

'My car on the grid at Monza, a few minutes before the start of the race. It shows how busy it can be on the grid and how much equipment the team needs to prepare the cars for the start. It's the time when you have your final chat with the engineers and just try to focus on the race ahead.'

A collection of photos taken by each of this year's Formula One drivers is being auctioned later this month. Called Zoom, it is made up of images that will be printed and signed by the photographer before being auctioned by Coys on September 14. Proceeds will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, one of F1’s official charities. The 50 images were taken specifically for Zoom and have never before been released. We have rounded up some of our favrourite photos in this gallery. For more information visit

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