F1 cars to be fitted with high-speed cameras from 2016 to aid accident analysis and investigations


Formula 1 cars will be fitted with new, high-speed cameras that are designed to aid accident analysis and investigations from 2016.

In a document outlining the tweaks that will be made to the F1 sporting regulations for the 2016 season, the FIA confirmed that it would be introducing the cameras following the F1 Commission’s meeting in Geneva last week.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each car must be fitted with a high-speed camera which has been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA,” the document reads.

“This should be fitted to the car during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that it is in working order at all times. The camera must be fitted in accordance with the instructions of the FIA.”

Currently, teams do not have to fit cameras like this on their cars for testing. This proved to be particularly troublesome when Fernando Alonso was hospitalized following a hefty crash in Spain last week, with the only available video being that of a spectator.

The FIA also confirmed that drivers would have to wear in-ear accelerometers to aid investigations in the event of an accident.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each driver must wear in-ear accelerometers which have been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA,” the document reads.

“These should be worn by the driver during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that they are in working order at all times.”

Following Jules Bianchi’s tragic accident at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, there has been a focus on safety standards and investigations within Formula 1. The fitting of cameras should allow the teams and the FIA to get a better understanding of what happened in the event of a crash.

Further to this, the FIA has added a regulation for 2015 that gives the clerk of the course more power in imposing a red flag during a race.

“If competitors or officials are placed in immediate physical danger by cars running on the track, and the clerk of the course deems circumstances are such that the track cannot be negotiated safely, even behind the safety car, the race will be suspended,” the appendix reads.

Safety standards in Formula 1 are very high, but steps can always be taken to reduce the amount of risk and ensure that the drivers are not put at risk.

Although these steps may only be minor, they will certainly help the sport to learn from incidents and ensure that repeats can be avoided in the future.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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