Today, a Formula One FPV drone captured Max Verstappen’s win during the Spanish Grand Prix. It is the first time that an FPV drone has been used during a live race event in the highest class of international open-wheel single-seater formula racing.
The drone had been used earlier in the weekend as well during practice sessions.
Not everyone is happy about Formula One FPV drone
Last year, Formula One was praised for introducing the revolutionary helmet camera. However, this time around the feedback on the Formula One FPV drone shots is not all positive.
On Twitter, many folks concluded that the FPV drone shots are awful and don’t add anything to the race coverage. I think they are right.
All of the other footage, except maybe the helmet cams, is of much higher quality. Looking at the quality of the aerial footage, It seems that the Formula One FPV drone is outfitted with a simple GoPro camera.
To match the high-quality coverage of the Formula One races, the organization would need to use an FPV drone outfitted with a Red camera instead.
We applaud the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for introducing FPV drone shots as part of the coverage of today’s Grand Prix in Spain. They are pushing the envelope when it comes to covering Formula One from new and creative angles.
Hopefully, we will see an FPV drone with a cine-quality camera mounted to it in one of the upcoming races this season.
For me personally, as a Dutch native and drone enthusiast, it was awesome to see Max Verstappen’s win captured by a Formula One FPV drone. I hope to see more FPV drone coverage of the next Formula One races.
Let us know in the comments below what you think of the Formula One FPV drone covering live race events. We are curious to hear your opinion.
You can watch the highlights of today’s race on YouTube.
Photos courtesy of Formula One, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), ESPN.
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