Singapore 2018 - He's given it his all
"I like to get as close as I can. Lewis is always very focused, but you see what he's feeling, how much of himself he's put into the on-track performance."
Stand in the middle of the bustling Formula 1 paddock, close your eyes, and throw a dart. Chances are you'll hit a photographer.
From seasoned pros (F1 Racing's Steven Tee has missed only three GPs since 1984) to how-did-they-get-accredited amateurs, our sport faces no imminent dearth of image artistes.
And yet when Nico Rosberg's manager, Georg Nolte, decided he wanted to chronicle Nico's 2016 title bid from a unique insider's perspective, he turned not to one of these long-lens specialists but to a bearded outsider who looked as if he'd rolled in on a skateboard. More than that, Paul Ripke's tools of the trade pretty much amount to just two cameras: a Leica with a 24mm lens and an iPhone. And the man himself has a startling confession.
"I can't take pictures of cars," he announces. "I'm very bad at it."