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.