The Friday of a Grand Prix weekend always offers the best mix for photographers. You have the most track time to play with, but without the need to be paying too much attention to the live results. This goes for both MotoGP and F1, where the Saturday is a much more serious affair and if you’re at the track as a fan it’s a day where you need to be paying attention to the actual performances and not just watching the action through your camera’s viewfinder.
Today was pretty damn perfect at Silverstone. The conditions were very warm with literally no wind. The centre of the circuit was far more open than usual, allowing photo opportunities at the loop and on the infield section of the Becketts complex. Then to top it off, home hero Cal Crutchlow put his LCR Honda at the top of the timesheets followed by Valentino Rossi in 2nd place. It’s like you’re reading the perfect recipe for a British GP weekend.
Here’s a very quick set of shots from today, with a mix of locations. You’ve got The Loop, Becketts, Luffield and the Pit Straight.
Shot on a mix of Canon EOS 5D Mk iii, Canon EOS 7D Mk ii, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ii, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 and a 1.4x Extender Mk III.