From this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, fans will be offered handheld FanVision consoles at all F1 events remaining in 2018. The state-of-the-art trackside device provides access to television feeds, live commentary, direct team audio communications and live stats, and also carries data from F1’s timing system, ensuring fans – regardless of where they may sitting be around the track – remain close to the day’s action.
The FanVision consoles were last seen during the 2012 season, but supplier Racing Electronics was unable to agree a deal for 2013 with F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone who subsequently pulled the batteries out of the practical device. Liberty Media’s quest for fan engagement has fortunately brought FanVision back, with today’s technology providing exciting possibilities to greatly enhance the fans’ on-site experience.
To ensure high-quality interaction, the product’s content is delivered via FanVision Entertainment’s dedicated network of transmitters rather than a potentially unreliable local Wi-Fi hub. “FanVision’s return to Formula 1 will absolutely enhance the at-event engagement level for fans of our sport,” commented F1’s digital new business manager Albert Goma – “Through the partnership with FanVision, Formula 1 fans will experience real-time technologies like in-car cameras and unrestricted team communications from their Grand Prix vantage points.” – he explained.