“Who’s where again?”

Everything about watching a Formula 1 race in the metal is all that you could want from a motor sport event. The noise, the feeling, the smells, the fans, the atmosphere… it’s just the best. Apart from one thing: after the first round of stops, you’ve no idea what the hell’s going on.

Yes, if you’ve shelled out for one of those Koala Bear tellys, or you’re in a box or one of the garages or watching it on TV in your motorhome, then you know what’s happening. But if you’re in a grandstand, then it’s hard to keep track of everyone.

You know who’s in the lead, and you have some idea of the top runners, but it’s very easy to lose touch with who’s exactly where. Especially when the cars are spinning off as much as they were today.

So how about this: LEDs.

At Le Mans, the cars all have three lights on each of their sides. The class leader has one light lit, 2nd place has two and 3rd has three, so you know who’s where.

So let’s do it with Formula 1 too, only as it’s the best of the best, why not cover the whole field?

The cars could each have a small cluster of LEDs just behind the airbox, or some such, that then displayed the position number that each driver’s in.

They could even have the bad weather lights at the back showing the position too – constantly on if the weather’s good, flashing if not – so drivers coming up on a car would know what they’ve got to gain by overtaking the car in front.

It would be a little extra donkey/carrot type incentive when a driver saw a flashing 1 on a car six seconds up the road.

LED numbers should be easy to make happen for some of the brightest brain boxes on earth, and we the punters would all know exactly who was where on track at any given time, just from a quick glance at the car we were interested in.

Obviously, this is just an idea I’ve had, so if you don’t like it, then suggest some of your own. Who knows, if we make enough noise, maybe Bernie and Max will listen?

The paying punters get over looked too often in this game…

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Do yourself a favour, forget F1 and watch REAL racing. MotoGP!!

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Awesome Idea!

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Guy, comment 13, is it the pack for £60 you mean on the F1 site? I thought this sounded like a great idea until I saw the price, £60 for info I can get elsewhere for free, pass I think. Unless of course I’ve been looking at the wrong app!

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Totally agree on this idea, I hope it happens!!!

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Good idea….

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It’s not actually that hard to keep track, all you need is an FM radio. BBC Radio Northants, Five Live, and Silverstone FM all have commentary, and I was in front of a big screen so I saw what happened elsewhere on the circuit :) (I was at Stowe)

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easy, have indy 500 style number pole`s around the track,complete with car n.o`s or drivers names (ham,butt,mass,kov ect !!

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great idea

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silverstone attendee: ahhh, we (US) must have ripped that off from the F1. The US version is exactly the same thing, called kangaroo tv and everything. I guess his joke didn’t translate to american …. I should ask my British theater prof. to translate for me.

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spain has a tower like on nascar

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I was there, sitting in the uncovered grandstands on the pit straight. Whilst it was wonderful to see and hear the cars in the metal and carbon fibre to be honest I would have much rather seen the race at home – mind you the same applies for any circuit racing bike or car. Silverstone “the home of the British GP” sic. truly is an anachronism though. The screens are rubbish, they are not high enough resolution to show the information put through them. The pit buildings are a laugh, the stands made of scaffolding, the food shocking, the beer off and the prices on site and to get in extortionate. Finally, it comes to something when the toilets are more numerous and pleasant at Glastonbury than the British Grand Prix. Disgusting is the only word. Will Donington be any better? Marginally maybe but not much – still an old fashioned course – now if something could be done to the track at Rockingham there might be something to compare to the Spanish, Chinese, Middle Eastern and German tracks. By the way, LEDs with position number would be perfect.

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i went this year and took a radio and some headphone and knew exactly what was happening in all the races qualis and practice. £10 and you can hear all news

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we were at the race this year and were at the end of the pit-straight so we could see who had come out of the pits to make their pit-stops. this way we were able to work out who was where without a big screen as we could not see on of these. You just need to get in the right place

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