Famed Grand Prix photographer Darren Heath has captured some of Yas Marina Circuit’s most iconic moments during its impressive nine-year history with the motosports event. With 2017’s exciting edition finally on our doorsteps, Heath says of his time in the UAE: “It’s unique. Nowhere else do F1Ò cars race around and underneath a gorgeously designed building that changes colour in the early evening before twinkling spectacularly. Yas Marina Circuit offers the photographer a unique opportunity to shoot the cars. It really is like being on the set of a science-fiction movie.”
As the go-to photographer for Grands Prix events worldwide, the 47-year-old reveals his favourite photograph even taken at Formula 1 was taken at Yas Marina Circuit. Surprisingly, the picture wasn’t of the drivers or the cars. “The picture of the 2015 grid fly-past. Positioning myself at the sharp end of the grid I knew the planes were scheduled to fly overhead at 16.45. Choosing a wide lens so as to include the pit buildings and grandstands, I was ready. There’s something about the look and feel of the planes with the UAE’s national colours in smoke trailing behind the Airbus A380 and its Al Fursan fighter jet escort that really appeals.
“I’ve probably had more positive reactions to this picture than any other taken at Yas Marina Circuit.”