Top 10 photos of 2017

Another racing season comes to a close. 2017 was truly a remarkable year for photos and although it was a real pleasure looking back at all the fantastic images from the past year, it was a tough process getting the number down to the very best 10 captures.

Top 10 photos of 2017

From the Motorsport.com photo editors, we hope you have a very happy holiday season and a great 2018!

10. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing celebrates with Lewis Hamilton's phone on the podium
10. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing celebrates with Lewis Hamilton's phone on the podium
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Photo by: Sutton Images

It's easy to make a good photo of Daniel Ricciardo when he's on the podium because of his bright personality, but he took his shenanigans to an epic level after the Japanese GP when he "borrowed" HAM's phone and posted to his Instagram account this hilarious selfie. And our photographer was in the wings, just waiting to capture the moment!
9. #1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
9. #1 Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid: Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy
2/10

Photo by: Porsche Motorsport

The rain, the lighting, the car, the one handed tyre changer. All the elements are here to make a great and classic image.
8. Sparks on Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
8. Sparks on Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
3/10

Photo by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images

This was shot during the first NASCAR race of the season at Daytona. It's hard to explain how difficult it is to get the timing down just right to capture these sparks. The cars are going upwards of 200mph and those sparks (from the car in front) only appear for a split second before vanishing. Incredible capture.
7. Joan Mir, Leopard Racing, Bo Bendsneyder, Red Bull KTM Ajo crashes
7. Joan Mir, Leopard Racing, Bo Bendsneyder, Red Bull KTM Ajo crashes
4/10
Another unbelievably well-timed image. First, the rarity of a competitor sliding across the finish line after having fallen off his bike is impressive enough. Secondly, the timing of the #36 bike being juuuust perfectly between the fallen rider and the spark-spitting bike, is just astounding.
6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H collides, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
 6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H collides, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
5/10

Photo by: Andrew Hone / Motorsport Images

The precise moment Ferrari completely killed any hopes of winning the championship. The high angle made for a clean shot of Scuderia carnage.
5. #21 Dragonspeed, Oreca 07 - Gibson: Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre, Ben Hanley
5. #21 Dragonspeed, Oreca 07 - Gibson: Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre, Ben Hanley
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Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

Admit it, the sun in this image is so intense you just felt a bit of summer on face.
4. Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford
4. Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford
7/10

Photo by: Scott R LePage / Motorsport Images

Clever photography here: using the sun's reflection repeated in the chain-link fencing around the track made for an amazing pattern to really spice up an otherwise normal NASCAR race image. Well done, and very creative.
3. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford in a huge crash
3. Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, Danica Patrick, Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Joey Logano, Team Penske Ford in a huge crash
8/10

Photo by: AP Photo/Colin E. Braley

This scary moment provided an intense photo of flames upon impact. An in-your-face capture.
2. Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
2. Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
9/10

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

When art is form and form is art. F1 cars have changed throughout the years but there's still "art" lurking within those lines. This image brings out the best in the Force India VJM10. Lovely reflection and those repeating flood lights. This is this season's image we want printed and hanging in our offices.
1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in a huge crash
1. Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in a huge crash
10/10

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson / Amarillo Globe News

Hands down the most impressive photo of the year. And to be honest, we knew this from the moment the sequence of images came across our screens. This is truly a once in a lifetime capture.
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