One thing I’ve learnt shooting Formula E around the world is expect the unexpected. 7pm after the race on Saturday, everyones tired, there’s only a handful of us left in the media centre, one of the Formula E officials appoaches us & says ‘Di Grassi’s race winning car has been deemed illegal after post race scrutineering’.
At 1st, I really thought it was a wind up, but it wasn’t, we all just looked at each other in disbelief. As a photographer its quite a peculiar feeling, having witnessed and documenting a race only to find out what you documented isn’t valid anymore is rather upsetting. I know every other photographer is in the same boat, but I truly felt for Lucas, his post race celebrations were fantastic & it’s almost like you have to erase the entire 2 hours after the race from your mind as well as your hard drive!
Nevertheless, it was great to see yet another winner is Formula E, Jerome has been under the radar for some time, but the teams double podium launched them into 2nd position in the constructors championship!
Tempelhoff was a bittersweet venue for Formula E Berlin I feel. The actual airport is fantastic, it’s aged beautifully, with rusty hangars, peeling paint, concrete walls, it’s a photographers dream if you love the grungy look (which I do!). As for the track, I feel it was too wide & didn’t have enough colour, there were huge areas of no mans land between the corners and because of there being no undulation nor buildings or trees, it was featureless. A dash of colour would have gone down a treat, compare the track to Monaco, it’s the complete opposite end of the scale, those blue concrete blocks from Punta Del Este were needed in full force.
Did anyone see me on my Edams bike? Riding a bike with cameras on you is quite an event in itself, but I was having real fun going around the paddock and between corners, I got to a lot of places very fast, a bit too fast sometimes, the front brake on those bikes are mental!
Not sure if any of you are on Periscope yet, it allows live streaming video from your smartphone, it's quite surreal and really effective if used properly. Current E's very own graphic designer Naomi Panter came to Berlin to help out a bit and is a Periscope whizz. I don't know who's bright idea it was to Periscope me doing the Friday track walk, but it happened & you can watch the 3 videos below of me talking nonsense & saying 'erm...' way to much.
Special thanks to Naomi Panter for being my lighting expert most of the weekend & documenting my mad life at these races, as well as David Sale head of catering in Formula E for the dodgy snapshots of me around the circuit!
Oh before I forget, I'm on instagram now under Shivraj_Gohil_Photography