Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
That's the worst-case scenario. The FIA's latest innovation in the search for clarity when it comes to more common race incidents is a system that uses GPS to detect when a driver goes off the track, alerts Race Control, then immediately gathers the image feed from all the CCTV around the circuit, the on-board one on the car, and every FOM (Formula One Management) camera installation. In little more than 20 seconds, this material is collated into a mini-highlights package of the incident in question, thus providing Whiting and his team with a virtually real-time multi-angle repeat of a possible infraction.
They'll alert the race stewards if they think it's something worthy of further investigation, and retribution is swift and unarguable. The consequences of an incident, and a driver's track record, are also taken into account. ("The best race for us is where we do nothing. None of us takes any pleasure out of penalising a driver. To me, it's sad to have to impose even a drive-through penalty," Garry Connelly, chairman of the stewards, later tells me.)