FIA switches on new F1 garage “spy cameras” for first time in Bahrain

Tonight sees the debut of a new F1 parc ferme system implemented by the FIA, one which sees the governing body ‘spying’ on any illicit activity in each of the team garages with a network of 24 cameras.

In past years on Saturday evening all the cars were kept together in a single FIA garage. However with 26 cars originally expected for this year – and up to three new teams requiring garages of their own – the FIA decided to look for a new system to make better use of the space.

The car are now kept under parc ferme conditions in the garages of the individual teams, and to ensure that there is no tampering they are zipped up in a car cover – a bit like a giant sleeping bag – which is then sealed by the FIA when parc ferme begins at 6.30pm on Saturday night.

In the past the teams would collect the cars at 8.30am (or 9.30am with Bahrain’s late race start) from the parc ferme garage, but now they can just unzip the covers. 

The FIA has also mounted a camera on the pit gantry above every car to monitor any movement around the cars overnight. A Bahrain track official has the exciting job of watching an FIA laptop with 24 camera views on it. 

Fortunately if he falls asleep anything untoward will still be recorded…

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11 responses to “FIA switches on new F1 garage “spy cameras” for first time in Bahrain

  1. There are ways to beat the video feeds. That is too easy.

    Sadly, I would have thought that the FIA would have come up with a better solution to the,’ parc ferme’, system.

    The system will change as time moves on.

  2. A Bahrain track official has the exciting job of watching an FIA laptop with 24 camera views on it.

    if true, that is insane. modern technology can easily do motion detection and provide a bulk drop of frames containing movement for viewing in the morning.

    i like the idea of cars having sleeping bags though.

  3. tom baker

    Jim Phelps (with Barney’s help) could outsmart those cameras easily.

  4. Moohcowh

    Do they get read a Mac & Lauren book before getting tucked in?

  5. That laptop sounds more exciting than watching the race.

  6. Chris jones

    Dear me, what a total waste of time……. Oh and money!

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