On-board recordings from the cockpits of Formula 1 drivers can seize the thrill of the race observe. The helmet digicam, which delivers footage from the pilots’ viewpoint, was particularly convincing through the 2022 season. There had been jumps, visibility of automobiles and super pace for TV viewers. Helmet digicam use shall be prolonged by way of the 2023 season.

On Monday, Formula 1 signed a brand new contract with Racing Force Group, which additionally ensures the usage of helmet cameras in 2023. “The know-how shall be accessible to all Formula 1 drivers and helmet producers for the 2023 season,” Racing Force Group mentioned in an announcement.

Helmet camera shows the future of pilots, Photo: LAT Images
Helmet digicam reveals the way forward for pilots, Photo: LAT Images

Unrestricted entry to know-how was unprecedented. As Racing Force Group is the mum or dad firm of the Bell helmet model, up to now solely drivers with Bell helmets have been in a position to make use of the digicam. For the 2022 season, this included virtually half of the drivers, together with report world champion Lewis Hamilton. The remainder of the sector, counting on different helmet producers, did not implement the know-how. A brand new contract, together with security exams, now makes this attainable.

Formula 1 helmet digicam required from 2023

The helmet digicam is put in contained in the helmet at eye stage of the pilot. Thus, it presents spectacular reside photographs to TV viewers. The micro digicam has a diameter of 8 millimeters and weighs lower than 1.5 grams. The system has been additional improved because it was first launched in 2021 and is now one gram lighter. The know-how has created nice enthusiasm amongst F1 viewers and is ready to additional enhance the standard of telecasts sooner or later.

It isn’t but clear whether or not the helmet digicam shall be utilized by all drivers in each session. Article 8.17 of the newest model of the technical laws states that every pilot should be equipped with at the least one helmet digicam. If the driving force isn’t obliged to make use of the microcam within the session, there should be an applicable dummy weight within the cockpit.