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F1 2017 preview: Through Jamey Price’s lens (PHOTOS)

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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.

March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB13
February 26, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel (GER), Scuderia Ferrari, SF70H
February 26, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, F1 W08
February 26, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Max Verstappen (DEU), Red Bull Racing, RB13
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB13
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel (GER), Scuderia Ferrari, SF70H
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Nico Hulkenberg (GER), Renault Sport Formula One Team, R.S.17
February 26, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber F1 development driver
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Lance Stroll (CAN), Williams Martini Racing, FW40
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR12
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Max Verstappen (DEU), Red Bull Racing, RB13, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, F1 W08
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Lewis Hamilton (GBR), Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport, F1 W08
March 7-10, 2017: Circuit de Catalunya. Max Verstappen (DEU), Red Bull Racing, RB13

 

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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