It’s well known that Formula One Management are total killjoys when it comes to F1 video on the internet. Not only do they tear down any official F1 videos that is uploaded, but they don’t offer even a paid video service themselves.
On top of that, even amateurs videos shot by F1 fans at races are removed under FOM’s brutally tough copyright controls.
Thankfully many of them slip through the net and one almost played a role in determining the outcome of the championship. Here it is along with four other excellent amateur F1 videos. Enjoy them before Bernie’s boys get their hands on them…
Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
The controversial moment from the Japanese Grand Prix captured by an amateur cameraman that led to Lewis Hamilton being investigated for his driving standards behind the safety car. Hamilton was later cleared of blame, as was Vettel.
Stationary, hand-held cameras can often give a better impression of speed than FOM’s long, wide shots. Watch the cars blast towards the bus stop chicane at Spa-Francorchamps.
Kimi Raikkonen, United States Grand Prix
Stunning close-up of Raikkonen’s getaway at Indianapolis.
Felipe Massa spins, Silverstone testing
This fan caught Massa slithering off the track on the exit of Priory at Silverstone during testing.
Bernd Maylander dodges Vitantonio Liuzzi
For me the most astonishing video of the lot. Watching this single camera shot from the first turn at the N�rburgring race, shortly after the heaviest rain fall, you have to ask why the race wasn’t red-flagged immediately. It seems clear from watching this clip that the track was briefly impassable.
The safety car was instead deployed and only quick thinking by driver Bernd Maylander dodged the spinning Toro Rosso of Vitantonio Liuzzi. And it was sheer fortune that stopped the car from hitting a crane that was on the track. Speaking of which, you can see Hamilton’s controversial crane ride beginning as well.
Spotted any more great amateur F1 videos? Post your favourites below…
NB. I haven’t been able to find any more copies of the shocking video of Robert Kubica crash, shot by a fan sitting on the opposite side of the track from where the well-known FOM video was shot.
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