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Ultra-Motion analysis of an F1 Pitstop

Polecam being used in F1 Pits

Quadruple Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing have enlisted the help of Polecam and Live Motion Concept. LMC have developed the Ultra-MotionMinicam affectionately known as the Antelope Pico, named after its big brother the Antelope MkII.

The challenge with an F1 pitstop is that it so many critical events happen in such a short time and they are all important. When you include, jacking the car front and back, taking wheel nuts on and off, removing and replacing wheels, adjusting wings, cleaning visors and even removing debris from radiators. And all of this has to happen in just 2.5 seconds. Tenths of a second in a pitlane can win or lose a race.

When it happens in the blink of an eye but we all want to see it instantly - welcome the Antelope Pico.

"We've worked with Polecam and LMC before," said Al Peasland, Head of Technical Partnerships at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, "....but to have the camera moved into an almost impossible position so quickly by the Polecam during our Pit Stop practice sessions within our factory, AND then instant replay, it's incredibly beneficial. Analysis after a full practice session is valuable BUT instant replay after each pitstop is visual gold. It allows us to analyse in greater detail and make changes during the same session to make our pit crew training as optimum and efficient as possible."

Jonathan Wheatley is the Team Manager at Infiniti Red Bull Racing. He and his team including the physical trainers for the pit crew gained valuable knowledge from the PolecamPico visit. "I've been doing pit stops for 25 years and I can't believe how much I have learnt in such a short period of time. There are things I suspected I knew and have now had them confirmed. If we're able to discover something that can save just a tenth of a second in a Pit Stop, that can mean the difference between winning and losing a race."

Polecam being used in F1 Pits

ALAN PEASLAND
Head of Technical Partnerships
Red Bull Racing Ltd