Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Formula One driver? Well now’s your chance to find out (sort of) because Pirelli tyres test driver Lucas di Grassi strapped a camera on to his racing helmet and tore off on an installation lap of the Barcelona circuit to give us a drivers-eye view.
Billed as the ‘first-time ever eye-level camera real drive point of view’ – it gives a revealing insight into the thrill (and the wailing noise) of the sport and you can see it by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3DY7HIjXMc
Driver di Grassi climbs into the cockpit inviting the viewer “Ready to rock?” Afterwards he said: “I had to drive with only one eye open as the camera was blocking my other eye, quite tricky.”
That said, the short film really gives us a good idea of just how little the drivers can – or should that be can’t see – once they are hunkered down inside the car.
He reaches speeds of 165mph – you can see it on the dials in front of him, although it’s in kph, and really puts the cold tyres through their paces.
Denna Bowman, Head Office