Mercedes using clever gizmo to monitor F1 tyres in real time

Camera tyre sensors

Camera tyre sensors

Mercedes team are the innovators of the latest Formula 1 gizmo, according to Auto Motor und Sport.

Suffering in recent years with a lack of in-season development, and recently grappling with excessive tyre wear, the report said that the Brackley based team has come up with a cunning trick in 2013.

It is a thermal infrared camera, mounted backwards on the front wing of the W04 cars raced this season by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The mini camera streams data to engineers about the live performance of Pirelli’s sensitive 2013 tyres, including early signs about possible overheating. (GMM)

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  • Beer Monster

    This is just new application for the camera used by Lewis to measure how cool he looks next to his various rapper ‘homies’ while wearing those cool shades.

  • =El Presidente=

    lol @ Beer monster.

    those cams where already on the car last race in Germany.

  • Cameras need to be banned on the car

    Time to put the racing back into the drivers hands instead of all this streaming data so engineers can control the race.

    FIA needs to step up and ban this right now.

    Mercedes = Cheaters, no integrity.

  • Jack

    ^ must you always be so pessimistic

  • Lol.


    Ignore him, he’s not being a pessimist, he’s being braindead.

  • Sushant

    this looks good, but still need to see whether it really can solve the tyer overheating issue or not…..

  • Surya

    The camera is mounted on the front wing and Mercedes has problems with the rear tires. Is there something amiss here.

  • Spartacus

    This might be news to those here. Cars have had similar cameras on the rear tyres for many many years now.