F1 Grand Prix: Through The Lens

With the 2013 Formula 1 season about to begin, we take a look in depth at over a century of Grand Prix racing. Drawn from our major archival motorsport collections - Louis Klemantaski, Rainer Schlegelmilch, Allsport and the influential Pascal Rondeau - as well as the current talents of Mark Thompson, Clive Mason and Paul Gilham, we focus on the drivers, the cars and the people that have defined Formula 1 Grand Prix racing, along with the changing styles of the photographers who’ve captured its essence and excitement.

Ayrton Senna, driver of the #12 Honda Marlboro McLaren MP4-4 Honda during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix on 2nd April 1988 at the Jacarepagua circuit near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Simon Bruty

Julie Johnston, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Team appear on one of 25 different SI covers for July 20, 2015. The other 24 covers honor each individual player and coach Jill Ellis. (Simon Bruty for SI)

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The 49ers took a 13-10 lead into the locker room after Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with 5 seconds left in the first half. Davis was initially ruled out of the end zone but San Francisco got the six points after a video review. The Niners went on to win their NFC Divisional playoff game against Carolina 23-10 on Jan. 12, 2014.  (Simon Bruty/SI)

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Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Ravens in the AFC Championship on Jan. 22, 2012. In 13 full seasons with the Pats, Brady has won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL regular season MVPs, and has been selected to nine Pro Bowls. He is New England’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. (Simon Bruty/SI)

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The 14th-seeded Mercer Bears stunned the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, 78-71, today. Jakob Gollon (20) led Mercer with 20 points, shooting 9-for-9 on free throws, while Duke’s freshman star Jabari Parker struggled, turning the ball over four times. Mercer scored 11 straight points during a late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. (Simon Bruty/SI)

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The Black Eyed Peas perform during halftime of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011.  Big on style but lacking substance, the group made a big entrance, descending from the ceiling with an impressive light, but their performance went downhill from there. Between the almost complete lack of movement from the group and Fergie’s off-key singing, the Black Eyed Peas failed to live up to the hype. (Simon Bruty/SI)

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Abby Wambach appears on both the June 8, 2015 and July 20, 2015 covers of Sports Illustrated. Wambach, 35, is the winner of two Olympic gold medals, to go along with her World Cup title from the summer. She is the top scorer in international soccer history with 184 goals. Wambach’s final game with the USWNT will be on Dec. 16 in New Orleans. (Alexis Cuarezma and Simon Bruty for SI)

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