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Formula 1 big picture from the Korean Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso celebrates winning the Korean Grand Prix and moving into the world championship lead.

Formula 1 big picture is a feature designed to showcase a side of a dramatic, visual sport that television cannot always portray.

Over the last 20 years, Darren Heath has carved a reputation as one of F1's most original photographers.

This is Darren's story behind his latest image:

"Standing atop his victorious Ferrari F10, punching the air while flashguns fire bursts of bright white light from below, Fernando Alonso soaks up the adulation of his team and the spectators in the grandstand opposite, all hailing his momentous triumph in the inaugural grand prix at the Korea International circuit.

"A grand prix such as Sunday's presents a number of challenges for a Formula 1 photographer.

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A new circuit, difficult weather conditions, the unpredictability of the race as it unfolded, all conspired to make it more difficult than usual to plan coverage of the event.

"Positioned at Turn Three as I was, it became paramount to work out at just what time the race would end, and be back in the pits in time to shoot the post-race celebrations.

"Arriving with a lap or two to spare, I sized up the light conditions, chose my position, lens and exposure and waited for the new world championship leader to arrive.

"Key to my pictures success was to 'steal the flashes' fired by the photographers close to Alonso. It's a risk - hoping to get one or two, I might have got none.

"Luckily I got a perfectly positioned five surrounding Ferrari's main man."

Camera: Canon EOS1DS Mark3; Lens: 200mm; Exposure: 1/40th sec @ f3.2



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