Event: Paris race weekend
Series: FIA Formula E
Location: Paris, France
Date: 23 April 2016
Formula E does nothing unless it’s going to do it in style. In just the second season, the all-electric racing series managed to secure a race in Paris. No, not some disused air strip somewhere on the outskirts of town but a proper, honest-to-goodness street circuit in the heart of the city.
What an event it turned out to be. It was the home race for many of the drivers and teams, including the all-French outfit Renault e.dams and the Anglo-French DS Virgin Racing. Both teams had a French driver each too, in Nico Prost and Jean-Eric Vergne respectively. The race was also a home event for governing body the FIA, of course, with president Jean Todt in attendance (as he has been at several Formula E fixtures).
Such a high-profile event carries weighty responsibility for the photographers entrusted with capturing all the action. Spacesuit Media fielded five photographers to best meet the briefs from a wide range of clients. For FIA Formula E organisers, we covered all the VIP hospitality suites and off-track fan entertainment, as well as the driver autograph sessions, qualifying lottery and the uber-exclusive gala dinner. For the race teams, we worked to our benchmark-setting three day package, capturing all garage activity on Thursday; track walks, driver portraits and press conferences on Friday; and then all race sessions on Saturday. We also supplied content for the official DS magazine, Divine, and broadcaster CNN, as well as meeting a host of other engagements both at and away from the track (including a shoot with Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne at the Eiffel Tower).
We also have to ensure a range of photography styles at these events, with powerful artistic shots mixed with work in a more documentary frame. What’s more, the photographers had to work hard to contend with the less-than-cooperative European weather which presented gloomy grey skies for race day; not ideal when trying to create beautiful imagery!
Here are just a handful of snaps picked from the nearly 30,000 we captured over the weekend. As always, we have a huge archive of photographs ready to license for editorial or commercial use; simply use the Contact Us page to send us a query.