Editor’s note: One of the most talented photographers shooting a variety of motorsports series, with a number of different clients, is Jamey Price. Jamey and I met a few years ago as his career took foot, and it’s only grown in stature and ability since. Jamey was at this year’s Formula 1 preseason tests in Barcelona, and here’s a roundup of some of his favorite shots from testing as we prepare for the start of the season in Melbourne this weekend. You can follow more of Jamey’s portfolio on Instagram, at @JameyPricePhoto, at Twitter at @JameyPricePhoto, on Facebook at Jamey Price Photographer, or on his website at jameypricephoto.com. Without further adieu, here’s Jamey…
F1 pre-season testing. It may not be the most exciting stuff on Earth, but for photographers, it gives us a chance to see the new cars and play with light we normally would never see during a regular season. Having grown up as an F1 fan, I was always in awe watching them take corners at insane speeds with ear shattering noise. For the past few years, F1 cars haven’t exactly brought anyone to their feet with excitement.
But thankfully, that may change. The noise may not be what it used to be, but the speeds are definitely back. Watching the cars through the fast Turn 9 right-hander in Barcelona was not only exhilarating but also very interesting. It’s pretty clear to the naked eye which teams have a chassis that will take them somewhere this season, and which ones don’t.
If I was a betting man, I think it might be time to start backing the Ferrari’s of Vettel and Raikkonen again. We can all only hope they give Lewis and his new teammate Valtteri a run for their money. And don’t believe all you hear about there not being any passing this year. It will probably be harder, and less common than the last few years, but that’s a good thing in my book. I want to be impressed when a driver makes a move on a rival and makes it stick. It’s time we revered F1 drivers as the heroes they are again.
This past week in Formula 1 was dominated by teams launching their 2018 challengers for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.
A total of six teams took the covers off their new chassis for the world to see this week, joining Haas F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing in doing so.
The list below contains the teams that launched their 2018 chassis this week and the name of their 2018 chassis:
Red Bull Racing – RB14
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – C37
Renault Sport F1 Team – R.S.18
Scuderia Ferrari – SJ71H
Mercedes AMG Petronas – W09
McLaren F1 Team – MCL33
Testing for everyone begins on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, beginning a stretch of two weeks of pre-season testing prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Sahara Force India and Scuderia Toro Rosso are expected to unveil their 2018 cars the morning of the first day of testing.
This news also comes as current majority team owner Dr. Vijay Mallya faces developing legal troubles involving money laundering, further adding to the murky environment surrounding a team that has become the “best of the rest” behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in recent years.