F1 completes first 'truly live' 360º video trial
19 September 2017 – Formula 1, in conjunction with technology partner Tata Communications, successfully completed the first test of "truly live" 360º video at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula 1 organised the test in a bid to demonstrate how the experience of a race weekend, in and around a circuit, can be augmented for fans around the world.
To date, any 360º video experiments in sports have featured a 30-second delay to live TV feeds, which has prevented a widespread adoption of the technology.
Two 360º cameras were installed at Marina Bay, trackside and in the paddock, "to show how viewers at home could immerse themselves in the world of F1".
F1 aims to create this virtual reality (VR)-like environment via its official app.
"We've done this test to show how a fan could watch Lewis [Hamilton], Sebastian [Vettel] or any other drivers coming into the pits on TV, grab their tablet and get a second, completely in sync 360º view of everything going on around him while he is there – not 30 seconds after he has driven off!" commented John Morrison, Chief Technical Officer at Formula 1.
"In a sport like F1 where every millisecond matters, there are huge opportunities to empower fans to take control of key Grand Prix moments and create their unique, personalised race experiences through the powerful combination of live TV and 360º video."
Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1, added: "We want to unleash the full potential the F1 fan experience through the latest digital technologies.
"Through this proof of concept, we've explored how live 360º video, and next VR, could transport fans from across the globe to the middle of the thrilling world of F1 and enable them to immerse themselves in each Grand Prix like never before."