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|Prints issue||LIMITED EDITION 50 prints ONLY|
|Shooting date||6 juin 1982|
When Niki Lauda came out of retirement for the 1982 Formula One season to race for Marlboro McLaren, he knew he still had the ability to win. He was proven correct, winning Long Beach that year, and his third World Formula One Driver’s Championship in 1984.
Here, he presents the classic Lauda pre-race stare as he revises his attack plan before the 1982 Detroit Grand Prix. His hard compound Michelins had failed to acquire enough heat during a cool qualifying session, and he was mired deep in the midfield for the race. A red flag incident delayed the race after a few laps and prior to the restart, Michelin had advised him and teammate John Watson to change tire compounds, guaranteeing them dramatically improved grip. Watson would go on to win; Lauda would run as high as third before hitting the Armco, and retiring.
I made this image with a Nikon F3, and a Nikon 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF lens, using Kodak Tri-X film rated at 400 ASA, 1/500 second at f/4, the afternoon of June 6, 1982, at the Grand Prix Street Circuit, Detroit, MI, USA.