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The rst ses­sion in Bahrain on Fri­day morn­ing is where the driv­ers try to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the track. Dur­ing the rst half hour of FP1 the teams are al­lo­cated an ex­tra set of tyres, so driv­ers aren’t afraid of push­ing to the limit. Con­se­quently, you get a lot of brake-lock­ing into Turn 10.

I was po­si­tioned on the out­side of that tricky dou­bleleft, and that’s where I took this pic­ture of Valt­teri Bot­tas lock­ing up his front-left tyre as he comes over the crest and de­scends into the brak­ing zone. You can see that he’s look­ing for the apex be­cause he’s pre­par­ing to ro­tate the Mercedes for a good exit out onto the long straight. Pho­tog­ra­pher L:orenzo Bel­lanca Where Sakhir, Bahrain When 4.30pm, Fri­day 14 April 2017

De­tails Canon EOS-1DX MkII, 600mm lens, 1/640th @ F8

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