Formula One Media Coverage Changing Opinion and Results

AnthonyCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2008

I think something we need to look at is the amount of cameras now being used to cover the races. It used to be about seven cameras for the total race on BBC, maybe a few more on a big track in the 70's. Now we have that many cameras just on one car.

Today I saw a camera on the upper-A Arm looking at the inside of the front wheel. Why?

We have the nose camera. Then we have the upper airbox camera and the cockpit camera, then the driver camera, then the rear-mounted many is that? Then, on the track, we have at least 13 stationary cameras and five to seven crane cameras and a couple of those roller coaster cameras, and then we have some in the kerbing, as well.

All of these cameras are state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, as well. This evolution has been just in the past five years.

Now with the HDTVs coming into a price range that the masses can afford, we want to see every blood-dripping in detail in 1080i. Oh! I forgot the cameras mounted to the fuel rig and above the paddock areas.

We,in society today, are worried about Big Brother watching us at stop lights and we quietly fear the intrusion of our privacy. Yet we demand it when we are watching an F1 race to make it more interesting, more exciting...but I think perhaps all of the coverage is hurting our sport because of every little error is being caught on camera and then scrutinized over and over.Ont thing you can count on when that happens is a decision and with that decision and very bad bedfellow comes along with it, controversy.

Look at the Sebastien Bourdais-Felipe Massa incident. There were at least three different views from the outside, from above and behind. If we put that same situation into the visual context of the '70s, we would have seen the one view from the outside corner.

We would not have had two in-car cameras, either. Given that scenario, I don't think a penalty would have been given. The race would have gone on, and perhaps we might have had some crossed words or the drivers flipping each other off on the cool-down lap. That would have been the end of it! No YouTube replays to infinity.

So thermodynamics apply to F1 camera coverage, don't they? For every action, there will be an opposite and equal reaction. We gain, yet we lose if cameras don't leave something to the imagination.

Oh, and I forgot the pedals footwork camera.