Following a highly successful trial phase, F1 will require all drivers to use the helmet cam starting in 2023.
Since Fernando Alonso debuted the camera within the visor and within the cushioned area of a driver’s helmet at Spa-Francorchamps last season, it has presented F1 viewers with a unique and realistic perspective of the racing action.
More recently, when riding onboard with Nicholas Latifi as the Williams snapped on entry to turn 13 at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, spectators were given a close-up picture of the Canadian’s qualifying disaster in Saudi Arabia.
A statement from the FIA after the latest F1 Commission meeting in London read: “Following the trialling of the latest generation of helmet cameras over recent events, they have proved to be a great success, generating significant positive feedback from fans as a valuable addition to the broadcast of grands prix.
“Therefore, it was proposed and unanimously approved to update the 2023 technical regulations, mandating the use of these helmet cameras for all drivers from 2023 onwards.”
F1 will also test a reduction in tyre allocation at two weekends next year as part of a push to satisfy sustainability standards.
The sport has set a goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030, and in addition to other steps such as the development of synthetic, renewable fuels, teams will now be given two less tyre sets at competitions.
The statement confirming the trial read: “The Commission unanimously agreed to trial a reduction in the tyre allocation from 13 sets to 11 at two events in the 2023 season.
“This will be done to evaluate the impact of the reduction in tyre allocation on track-running, with the overall intention to move to more sustainable use of tyres in the future.”