Ways to make Formula 1 even better, number 52


…add a helmet cam to the onboard feeds…

The onboard camera has for a long time been TOO good. This might sound like an oxymoron, but the perfectly clear picture gives very little idea of how violent life is in an F1 car. You see none of the vibrations, bumps and forces at work and it looks easy, like a playstation game.

However Ferrari have released a helmet cam video of their “filming day” e.g. a test session in disguise, and boy is it good. Like late 80s onboard footage there’s plenty of feeling of speed.

I really think making the TV feed awe inspiring and spectacular is very important for the image of F1 and along with bringing titanium skid blocks, this kind of footage should be used to help the spectacle.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Mclaren MP4-8 Onboard

Having already demonstrated his cool credentials on Fifth Gear, Bruno Senna upped the ante at the weekend by filming himself driving down the Goodwood Hill in his Uncle Ayrton’s old McLaren MP4/8 (1993) at last weekend’s Festival of Speed.

How is that cool you ask? Why, driving an F1 car one handed while filming on your mobile phone of course!