From emotional landmarks on and off the track, stunning sunsets and celebrations befitting a four-time world champion, there were plenty of stunning images at the stunning Yas Marina circuit.
Join Aston Martin F1 Team and Motorsport Images photographer Zach Mauger as he explains the details behind his favorite photos from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Shot on a Canon R3, 24mm lens
“This took place early on Friday and was supervised by Sebastian’s father, Norbert.
“Since 1995, the mechanics have decorated a corner of Seb’s garage with race suits, gloves and helmets.
“It was emotional for both of them when the young man went into the garage watching Seb’s cardboard cut.”
Shot on a Canon R3, 50mm lens
“Lance looked at the zone all weekend. This was on Saturday afternoon before FP3, Lance was looking down at the pitlane.
“The sun shines here – especially his eyes – as he prepares to get into the car.”
Shot on a Canon R3, 135mm lens
“Seb drove off into the sunset during FP2 in this picture. It was the only session in the golden hour, so I made sure I made the most of it.”
“With last year’s track configuration changes, there aren’t as many angles to work with the setting sun.
“This is achieved by using a very slow shutter speed so you can’t see the fence and keeping the car nice and sharp to help show speed.”
Shot on a Canon R3, 600mm lens
This happened when Lance went north to the hairpin to qualify. Here I used a slow shutter speed on a telephoto lens (600mm), and getting the perfect shot is very difficult.
“I really like how the lines on the legs help guide the eye through the image in this one.”
Shot on a Canon 1DX Mark II, 16-35mm lens
“Seb was on the grid in the final end-of-season photo, and the other drivers applauded him as he approached. It was a great time to catch, and there was great afternoon sun shining on the drivers.
“This also casts a long shadow over his long years in F1 with his collective hands in the air, acknowledging his rivals and friends.”
Shot on a Canon EOS R3, 50mm lens
“This is Seb getting into his car for the last time on the grid. When he arrived, the sun had dipped below the clouds, so it made for some boring pictures. Thankfully, the sun came out again after the national anthem.”
“I made sure to stick around to get this ideal shot for the final launch. I especially like how the lens flares out, especially from the helmet.”
Shot on Canon 1DX Mark II, 600mm lens + 1.4 converter
“As is tradition in Abu Dhabi, the top three light up the rear wheels for the Donut Celebration. Seb has been invited to join them this year for a final farewell.”
“This was taken from the race control tower on the pitlane to give a higher perspective. Exposing the image to the highlights shows Seb in the smoke – otherwise it would be completely white.”
Abu Dhabi GP
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