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Silverstone 2011: F1 fan reflections

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Silverstone 2011: F1 fan reflections
Jul 12, 2011, 11:20 PM

This year through various competitions and initiatives, JA on F1 sent 14 F1 fans to the British Grand Prix, who would not have been able to go othe...

This year through various competitions and initiatives, JA on F1 sent 14 F1 fans to the British Grand Prix, who would not have been able to go otherwise.

And we also ran a competition for a JA on F1 reader to have use of a Fanvision G3 handheld device for the weekend.

Ian Joyner was the lucky winner of that one and here is his feedback:

Ian Joyner writes: "With the combination of a half wet track and this year's Pirelli-enduced multiple pitstop races, the G3 made all the difference in being able to read the race as it unfolded. There were several points where it proved particularly useful, but to save this becoming War & Peace, here are just three:

1. In the hope that Hamilton would be on the move on lap 1, I switched to his onboard camera for the start, so I got to see him dive around the outside of several drivers at turn 3 long before the main TV feed picked this up - this was one of many times where I confused those sitting around me as they couldn't see what I was getting so animated about.

2. The timing page made for interesting reading during the first stint, as aside from seeing Vettel stretching out his lead at that point, it was good to see which drivers were really hanging it out through the wet middle sector. After seeing Schumacher go by minus his front wing, I switched to his onboard camera to see if he'd make the switch to slicks whilst having a new front wing fitted...which he duly did. Then it was a switch back to the timing screen to monitor his progress. Clearly the teams were doing the same as the moment his sectors started going green/purple they started trickling in for their own changes to dry tyres.

3. That pitstop: from my seat at Stowe I had a clear view of the pitlane entry; upon seeing Jenson dive in for his stop it was another switch to his onboard camera. This granted me a prime live view of his right front wheel making a bid for freedom... 'nuff said!

In summary, the Fanvision G3 is laid out in an intuitive way, and its controls can be comfortably operated by a single thumb - you'll easily be able to master it within the time of a practice session or support race. Battery life is good and I did not suffer any reception issues at any point during the weekend. If there was a negative point, and I am nitpicking here, it was that the feed had about a 1.5 second delay from what was being shown and discussed on the circuit's big screens - in a sport measured in thousands of a second, this is perhaps a little too much.

All-in-all a great unit, great customer support and invaluable information for seasoned racegoers and newbies alike

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