Vettel's Dirty Date With Kate - Abu Dhabi GP 2009

Vettel's Dirty Date With Kate - Abu Dhabi GP 2009 As we flew over the Yas Marina coming into land at Abu Dhabi International Airport, you knew it was pretty special. The Yas Hotel in full effect resembles a giant cuttlefish styled by HR Giger, really impressive...

Walking into the track at night is visually stunning. The contrast between the darkness of the desert and the intensity of the incredible lighting could be like having Albert Hofmann offer you a glass of his home brew before you enter. A real eye opener...

The fact that all this has been achieved in just over two and a half years is staggering, and an example of 'just how things get done' in the Middle East. I'm not sure how many workers were used in the 24 hour nonstop building program, but they can all be proud, it really is a stunning facility and a heads up to future projects.

From a photographic viewpoint, there are endless opportunities here, and once the remaining bridges are built, limitless with so many different types of light available depending on what time of the day you shoot and where. It'll be a few years before I run out of ideas here.

With the championship out of the way, we could all just enjoy what the Yas Marina had to offer. With all the media and most of the teams staying in the numerous hotels that surround the circuit, a relaxed and chilled mood worked its magic on us all. With final end of year reviews and books to be completed immediately after the race, there was still a few shots to get that were not possible in Brazil.

I wanted a relaxed image of Jenson now that he's World Champion, but I wanted an exclusive one. I'd contacted the press department but was told he was flat out with other commitments. To be honest, it was last minute request. Upon arrival at the track, I bumped into Jenson's manager Richard Goddard. Always one to accommodate a genuine request, I was given a slither of a gap in Jenson's busy schedule to get my image. Once a year however, the gremlins get in! After getting my shot, I walked back to the media centre to download my cards to find that one had corrupted! Guess which one...

You know that sometimes in life a bit of Karma can go a long way, well, it had waited until the last race. At breakfast on Sunday morning I had to explain what had happened, not expecting to get the nod. 'You know, I just knew we would have to shoot it again,' said Richard. I'm glad that darn card corrupted, as this time I captured Jenson exactly how I wanted him, totally at ease with himself. Big thanks again to Richard and Co for sorting it. You can see the images in my selection from Abu Dhabi.

Toyota have finally given up on winning in F1, and decided to pull the plug on their expensive and largely wasted F1 programme. If they'd run the team like a race team and not a corporate giant, they most probably would have had bagged a fair few wins by now.

One person to get his timing right is ex Toyota team manager Richard Cregan, who left the team last year to become the CEO of Yas Marina. I reckon he's a happy man...

To enjoy my images from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, please visit the formula 1 section of my website and select Abu Dhabi.

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