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Why F1's on the brink of a driver's-eye breakthrough

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Why F1's on the brink of a driver's-eye breakthrough
By: Scott Mitchell
Nov 6, 2018, 10:50 AM

Formula 1 has ditched the camera glasses it tried earlier this year, but it's working on an alternative that it hopes will "get people talking". It's keeping details vague for now, but the development is something viewers should be excited by.

A focused shot of the inside of the halo's front fairing and a blurred pitlane are not the most dramatic first glimpses of a major Formula 1 breakthrough. Nor are the faces of a few Haas team members, or the casual slap of another's private area with a pair of gloves.

F1's use of a video camera in a pair of glasses earlier this year, with Pierre Gasly and Romain Grosjean, reignited a desire to give onboard, driver's eye footage to grand prix fans. It's raw, it's shaky, it's real and it gives an impression of speed and difficulty that is impossible to recreate with modern, ultra-stable and high-definition mounted cameras.

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Series Formula 1
Author Scott Mitchell
Article type Analysis