Ahead of the opening day of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, it was announced that for the Friday afternoon F2 practice session which takes place before the F1 race, a test of the new video technology will take place.
Monitors were installed on the left side of the circuit before Turn 13, Turn 16 and Turn 19 to provide a video image of the track condition on the exit.
The idea is that the images could provide additional warning to drivers about any incident that happened further around the corner that they might not be aware of.
There has been no formal notification as to whether or not the screens will be active for subsequent F1 sessions, but if the F2 test passes without issue it is likely to be postponed.
Mercedes driver George Russell, director of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA), welcomed the idea of the displays but said the only way to know if they help is to activate them.
The Brit believes that if the system works in Saudi Arabia, he believes it is a concept that could be implemented on other city circuits on the calendar.
“I think we’ll have to test it and see, and we’ll only get the feedback once we’re there,” he said, when asked by Motorsport.com for his thoughts on the idea. .
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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“Sometimes solutions like this work quite well, sometimes not so well. We know the difficulties of visibility on a circuit like this, and I think the more the FIA can do to help us, the more it will only be beneficial. .
“I can’t quite comment at the moment, but it could be quite an intriguing implementation and, if it works, then potentially we could see it in Baku, Monaco, Singapore maybe.
“If it reduces danger, risk and improves safety, then for all of us, we are happy.”
McLaren’s Lando Norris added: “I think it’s a bit of a wait and see because it’s such a fast section.
“There might not be a lot of time to look at a TV screen and see what happens. But we’ll see. If it’s good, then I’m sure we can try to implement it more to the rest of the season.”