Posted on April 11, 2009
A different view of Malaysia 09 | James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1

Here is something new, something I’ve been working on for a short while. I hope you like it.

I’ve joined forces with Darren Heath, in my view the number one photographer in F1. He and I started in F1 around the same time, 20 years ago and have been mates ever since.

This is an audio slideshow of the Malaysian GP, with Darren’s photos and my words.

Enjoy and Happy Easter!


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  1.   1. Posted By: Josh
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm 

    Really like that, nice one James & Darren. Absolutely amazing photography there, longtime fan of Darren’s work.


  2.   2. Posted By: JBfan
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm 



  3.   3. Posted By: Alan
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 8:18 pm 

    Brilliant, thanks happy Easter to you both.


  4.   4. Posted By: Swen
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 8:25 pm 

    Very good!


  5.   5. Posted By: Andrew Halliday
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 8:25 pm 

    Nice one, well done! Good to hear your voice again James!


  6.   6. Posted By: Brian G
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 9:04 pm 

    Great stuff! Cheers and Happy Easter.


  7.   7. Posted By: David Forbes
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 9:14 pm 

    That’s really cool James.


  8.   8. Posted By: Steve
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm 

    Great slideshow, James – a nice reflective piece reminiscent of Eddie Butler’s rugby pieces. How about a podcast with your views on each race as well? Really enjoying the blog – beats everything else out there for analysis of the latest developments in F1. Keep up the good work!


  9.   9. Posted By: Leg-End
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm 

    Excellent stuff James, we need one of these for every round from now on!


  10.   10. Posted By: Jake
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 10:51 pm 

    Haha….nice one James (and Darren) :)


  11.   11. Posted By: guy
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 11:52 pm 

    Great pictures and appropriate commentary. I look forward to more of these race slideshow synopsis’… the guitar work in the score could be better ; )


  12.   12. Posted By: Ace Best
        Date: April 11th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm 

    Wow..Please send my salutation to Mr. Heath..I always..always love the images he put in F1 Racing magz…

    And good job,James,love the slideshow…


  13.   13. Posted By: Andy Taylor
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 12:03 am 

    Sorry James, this is better with no sound.


  14.   14. Posted By: Gary D
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 12:49 am 

    Wonderful. Thanks James. Now here’s a challenge… do one of these covering the goings on in Paris on April 29! ;)


  15.   15. Posted By: Virgil Akwara
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 1:42 am 

    Great montage. I think this is the way forward. collaborative new forms of telling stories. I have long admired your work and look forward to featuring your work in one of my magazines.
    cheers. bring on china. and be fearless in your analysis. you have nothing to lose but your journalistic integrity and everything to gain including becoming the voice through which many people and new fans see f1.


  16.   16. Posted By: Mark
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 1:48 am 


    I’m a massive fan of Darren’s work. As an amateur photographer, I truly appreciate the creativity and composition Darren delivers. I’d love to meet him at a race and just listen to whatever advice he’d be willing to share. And shooting F1 around the world must be a tough but incredibly rewarding job.

    Great kudos, for combining your voice and insight with Darren’s evocative photos. Perhaps you’d make this a regular event? Please!



  17.   17. Posted By: Frenchie
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 2:02 am 

    Hi James,

    Good to hear you again! Great pics too.

    Brawn GP on a different planet – could this be due to the holes Rory Byrne is talking about on ?


  18.   18. Posted By: Ace
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 3:25 am 

    Happy Easter to you too James.:)

    I’m sorry, but (in my lowly opinion of course) this didn’t really work for me. I felt the images suffered a little too much (maybe the video compression?), and the script and music seemed a bit too romantic/poetic/dramatic for my taste.

    Having said that, I couldn’t do any better…


  19.   19. Posted By: Patrice Ici
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 5:53 am 

    Shame you couldn’t include an “it certainly is” for old times’ sake :)


  20.   20. Posted By: gareth price
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 6:24 am 

    Nice one James and Darren!


  21.   21. Posted By: Oliver M
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 6:55 am 

    Amazing photographs from Darren!

    Love your website James! Though I have limited internet access at work, a friend emails me your stories every day :)


  22.   22. Posted By: Charles
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 7:43 am 

    Cheesy music, but great pictures and nice commentary.


  23.   23. Posted By: Aaron James
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 7:50 am 

    The fan’s favourite commentator produces the goods once again. Top banana mate.


  24.   24. Posted By: Pete
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 8:27 am 

    That’s pretty cool!


  25.   25. Posted By: Bludd
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 8:31 am 

    Technically the Audio quality is lacking, but other than that it was good.


  26.   26. Posted By: floydthebarber71
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 8:49 am 

    well that was a little weird. but truly amazing photography.


  27.   27. Posted By: Albo
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 9:17 am 

    Great video James, thanks. Awesome pictures and really good story telling. I hope you can do one of these at the end of every race, and then a massive one at the end of the season, in the form of a season review!


  28.   28. Posted By: Tim Lumley
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 11:05 am 

    Absolutely stunning James, what a fantastic take on a Grand Prix weekend, hope to see more throughout the season.

    I’ve been an admirer of Darren’s work for some years, he is THE photographer for F1 no one better in my view.

    Happened to be in Chipping Camden last August and was lucky enough to see his exhibition which was awesome


  29.   29. Posted By: Zera
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 11:15 am 

    Wonderful pictures. I think my favourite are the driver’s portraits towards the end, they really say a lot *adores the Nico picture*

    Great work, and happy Easter to you too!


  30.   30. Posted By: kaushal
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 11:21 am 

    I didn’t liked it James. Where is that intensity in your voice which used to be till last when u were in ITV..I used to download ITV broadcast after every F1 race so that I can hear your commentatory,as Slater’s & Chandhok coverage of F1 in Star sports is a nightmare for every F1 Fan here in South Asia


  31.   31. Posted By: Peter
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 12:03 pm 

    Brilliant montage! On that Rory Byrne thing, it’s another desperate argument personally from Ferrari. It’s another “we didn’t think of it so it has to be illegal” attitude. Some might say it’s a bit rich considering the “cheating” accusations that went on at Benetton in 1994, when Byrne was chief designer there. I’m a huge Byrne fan, because him Brawn, Todt and Schumacher created the ultimate dream team that I will forever remember, but I am so with Ross Brawn on this one.


  32.   32. Posted By: Joe
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm 

    Great work guys! Really impressive stuff – really creative.

    Nice to hear your voice again. I’ve still got Brazil 2008 saved on sky plus and I’ve just watched the final lap once more and I would just like to say how absolutely brilliant your commentary was. The words that came out of yours and Martin’s mouths just added immense drama to the whole occasion and you did a great job of keeping yourself together in what must have been an incredibly exciting moment for you when you saw Lewis and Vettel pass Glock. One of THE sporting moments of my life and thanks for making it so memorable.

    You deserve that BAFTA you mentioned enormously!


  33.   33. Posted By: Spike
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm 

    “Get me out of here” lol

    Nice job. We want one for China as well!


  34.   34. Posted By: caanan
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 3:16 pm 

    Beautiful photography and nice commentary.

    Happy Easter!


  35.   35. Posted By: Peter
        Date: April 12th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm 

    Nice work gents!


  36.   36. Posted By: Phil Leeson
        Date: April 13th, 2009 @ 2:47 am 



  37.   37. Posted By: Kris
        Date: April 13th, 2009 @ 10:53 am 

    Am actually inclined to agree. Great pictures but probably better with no sound. The music and words don’t seem to add much to the experience.


  38.   38. Posted By: Alex
        Date: April 13th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm 

    Awkward, better without the words.


  39.   39. Posted By: tapyarg
        Date: April 14th, 2009 @ 1:49 am 

    Excellent, thanks so much for to both you and Darren for taking the time and effort to put that together.


  40.   40. Posted By: Obster
        Date: April 14th, 2009 @ 10:17 pm 

    Well done, guys-great.


  41.   41. Posted By: Sean Joseph Healy
        Date: April 15th, 2009 @ 10:32 pm 

    You’re cool


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