Top ten pictures from the 2017 Australian Grand Prix

2017 Australian Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2017

Max Verstappen’s expression seems to say a lot here. Red Bull were not the force many expected them to be in the first race of 2017.

Antonio Giovinazzi

Antonio Giovinazzi, Sebastian Vettel, Albert Park, 2017

A surprise call-up for Antonio Giovinazzi meant the Ferrari reserve driver ended up driving a Sauber in the race. Might he one day become Italy’s next driver to race for its historic team?

Adrian Newey

Adrian Newey, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2017

Giovinazzi wasn’t the only person taking a good look at the Ferrari…

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2017

…but they gave as good as they got.

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2017

Daniel Ricciardo’s home weekend was a crushing disappointment. He crashed in Q3 and a technical problem meant he joined the race two laps after it started. Late in the race the team took the decision to turn down his engine – but it failed anyway. Surely things can only get better from here.


Start, Albert Park, 2017

Earlier in the weekend Verstappen had predicted the driver who was led at turn one would win the race but unfortunately for Lewis Hamilton it didn’t work our that way.

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez, Force India, Albert Park, 2017

Sergio Perez supplied one of the race’s few overtaking moves on his way to a fine seventh for Force India.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso, McLaren, Albert Park, 2017

The McLaren-Honda MCL32 didn’t deserves a points finished but Fernando Alonso almost scored one.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2017

The first race of the year indicated Mercedes are no longer the all-conquering force they once were. However Hamilton appears to relish having a fight on his hands.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2017

Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari their 225th grand prix victory, and potentially a very significant one.

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11 comments on “Top ten pictures from the 2017 Australian Grand Prix”

  1. Great pictures.
    Especially the one which has Newey taking a look at the Ferrari. I am sure he always takes a look at Ferrari and other cars every year, but very poignant picture given how Ferrari unexpectedly seem to have trumped Newey on Newey’s home turf

    1. There’s also Nick Chester watching in the background. And this time I think they’re “cooperating”. ;)
      As Horner said: Newey made ton of notes in OZ

  2. OmarRoncal - Go Seb!!! (@)
    29th March 2017, 14:37

    Look, Newey is spying!
    (Ferrari crew makes a human wall).

  3. I wish Red Bull would paint their shark fin. Toro Rosso have. Maybe it’s because Horner doesn’t want them.

  4. Annoyingly I didn’t have this one to hand when I put the top ten together because it’s an absolute beauty and deserves to be on here:

    1. great photo

    2. That is a fantastic photo. What a huge crowd!

      But one strange thing is that most of the people in it look to be looking at the drivers on the podium through their phone or camera screens while taking pictures or videos. It does baffle me the amount of people that don’t enjoy the moment and actually look at what is happening for real rather than looking at everything through a screen. Let the professional photographers that are there to take pictures do their job!

      Just what will happen in the future of F1? Will all the spectators have their phones strapped to their face so they can view what they are recording while watching the race too?! :D Not that I’ve been to a race but I find that you remember being at places a lot better if you don’t spend the whole time taking pictures and videos.

      1. agreed ben, and especially the ones nearest to the podium. theyve just paid for that. let the memory to the photo taking.
        Also Amazing Photo Keith (even if the cam flash is exadurated slightly :) )

        1. They’re sharing their experience with friends, it’s as simple as that.

      2. Ben, the problem is most of the people do not know how to get their hands on photo. Pictures on F1 sites are copyrighted – hence, cannot be taken by those people most of the times. And it is not always that all pictures make it and gets uploaded somewhere.

        So if I am near podium and I want to take the picture of Podium with racers, I will take my camera/phone and click the picture myself.

        Having said that, I have to agree that yes, in the process, you are missing out being there in the moment captured.

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