The Cars at COTA

Power & Beauty: Close-up look at the cars that make Formula One race so spectacular


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Photo by Kevin McCauley
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As anyone who's attended a Formula 1 event can tell you, there are tons of reasons why you'd want to watch an F1 race —  atmosphere,  top-tier drivers, the spectacle, people-watching, whatever. But the biggest draw undoubtedly remains the Formula 1 cars themselves.
 
Delicate, expensive, carbon-fiber-constructed marvels of engineering, Formula One cars look and sound like nothing else on this planet. Seeing them accelerate and change direction on the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas track near Austin is simply spectacular. I tried to capture some of the speed and excitement of these machines — as well as a lot of fenceposts. The action shots were all taken from areas with regular, general admission access and without a super telephoto lens.
 
Pictured: 
Driver: Mark Webber
Team: Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Car: RB9
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 3
Driver:  Giedo van der Garde
Team: Caterham F1 Team
Car: CT03
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 19
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Team: Ferrari
Car: F138
Engine: Ferrari
Finishing position: 5
Driver:  Heikki Kovalainen
Team: Lotus 
Car: E21
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 14
Driver:  Sergio Perez
Team: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Car: MP4-28
Engine: Mercedes
Finishing position: 7

American classic cars used during the drivers parade

Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Team: Mercedes AMG
Car: W04
Engine: Mercedes
Finishing position: 4

Caterham Pirelli wheel detail

Driver:  Valtteri Bottas
Team: Williams 
Car: FW35
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 8
Driver: Nico Rosberg
Team: Mercedes AMG
Car: W04
Engine: Mercedes
Finishing position: 9
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Team:  Scuderia Toro Rosso
Car: STR8
Engine: Ferrari
Finishing position: 16
Driver:  Romain Grosjean
Team: Lotus
Car: E21
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 2

Assortment of classic Corvettes used during the drivers parade

Driver: Nico Hulkenberg
Team: Sauber
Car: C32
Engine: Ferrari
Finishing position: 6
Driver:  Jenson Button
Team: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Car: MP4-28
Engine: Mercedes
Finishing position: 10
Driver: Felipe Massa
Team: Ferrari
Car: F138
Engine: Ferrari
Finishing position: 12
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Team: Infiniti Red Bull Racing
Car: RB9
Engine: Renault
Finishing position: 1

The Shelby Cobra that Sebastian Vettel drove during the drivers parade. Before he got out, he autographed the dashboard.

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