Formula 1 to use 'tricks' in order to make cars look quicker on TV next season

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Formula 1 are keen to hand TV viewers a better experience when watching the sport.

There will be a better representation of the cars' speed due to the trackside cameras being altered and using a couple of 'tricks'.

Despite all the negative feedback F1 receives from fans, the cars that are shown during races remain an incredible viewing, especially when experiencing them in person.

Dean Locke, F1's head of TV and Media, has explained that Liberty Media want to regain the loss of speed and sound on TV by using production tweaks.

"There's a big push for 2019 to reflect the speed of the sport," claimed Locke, as per

"There's a rethink on all camera positions. If you're in the grandstand and watch them, they look incredible, don't they?"

Formula 1 has built its relationship with Amazon Web Services, with the aim to increase the quality of graphics to TV viewers.

"We have graphics that can actually explain, 'He started on those tyres, he's going to stop then', while actually making it more dynamic, because if the VSC comes out it can throw those kind of things out" said Locke.

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Locke also announced: "We're using all the data from Friday and Saturday to come up with that algorithm of what we think will happen. If we can explain that in a simple and easy to read manner, it will be a huge win."

As many F1 fans will confirm, the viewing of the cars is different when watching in person to on TV, and Locke has also agreed with this.

"Camera angles, or lenses, can cheat that quite a lot, and make them look not so dramatic and not quite as quick.

"So we looked at different ways to do that, a few little tricks. We've always been good at doing whip-pans to show the high speed of the cars, making them look a little bit more edgy in places."


Locke also pointed out a positive from last year: "There were some tracks last year- in Japan for instance- where we really highlighted where these cars are good."

But it isn't just the representation that has been criticised by fans.

The audio and muffled sounds from the engines has been a problem with fans since 2014.

However, the audio has been improved after experiments with microphone positioning as well as digital processing, whilst Locke has said F1 will continue their efforts in the sound department.

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"Audio has changed quite dramatically.

"We've done a lot more around the car and on the car. If you look at the pictures, they tend to be at the front, and the audio out the back.

"A lot of thought when into that in 2018, and a lot more for 2019.' He went on to discuss the success this has brought, 'It is successful, but at some tracks it's been better than others. The Honda engines sounded really good last year. We've done some really exciting stuff on that."

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