TopGear.com20 October 2011

Video: what an F1 driver actually sees

An eye-level trip around the Circuit de Catalunya with Lucas di Grassi

What with colour-coded tyre-wear graphs, live grumbling on the pit radio and Eddie Jordan’s shirts in glorious HD, F1 viewers have become rather spoilt by their TV experience recently.

But despite the 20 different driver-cam angles that now replay after every shunt, we’ve still never seen anything quite like this.

While testing Pirelli tyres in a Toyota F1 car around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, Lucas Di Grassi strapped a minicam to his helmet. The result is below.

And the reason we don’t get this angle on the TV coverage? The camera actually obscures half of his helmet. So remember as you watch this: he’s driving with one eye.


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