Hamilton remote control McLaren video

I’ve had loads of emails and Tweets about this, so if you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

Brilliant! Thanks to everyone who sent in the tip.

It’s worth remembering Hamilton actually cut his teeth on radio controlled cars before he even got started in karting. I wonder how many other racing drivers got started that way? See the Lewis Hamilton biography for more.

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25 comments on Hamilton remote control McLaren video

  1. ajokay said on 10th March 2009, 20:26

    Was that for real? If so, I’m impressed.

  2. sparky said on 10th March 2009, 20:47

    I wouldn’t risk using a bluetooth controller over that distance with such an expensive car. It’s feasable that they the signal was being relayed by a more powerful bit of radio kit nearby though.

  3. Alonso Follower said on 10th March 2009, 21:06

    It is worth mentioning that Pedro de La Rosa was something like 3 times (not sure if they were 2 or 3 or more, 2 I’m sure) in a row european champion of Radio Control racing. He was, at the time, a phenomenon given that a 13 year old was beating grown men across Europe.

    I probably have somewhere around the press reviews of the championships that he won. The irony was the category in which he was so successful was not F1-like but more like rallying (closed circuit but rough terrain)

  4. JWRPayne said on 10th March 2009, 21:14

    That is epic. I hope it’s real just for the raw awesomeness of it all.

  5. Tobo said on 10th March 2009, 21:14

    I thought that was cool, but weren’t those two guys actors, the trip to Portugal was planned and the whole thing was just a Vodafone/ Blackberry publicity stunt?

  6. CRACKER

  7. Dan M said on 10th March 2009, 21:27

    Well, now we know why Mclaren are struggling when with pace… When someone is in the car.

  8. pSynrg said on 10th March 2009, 22:15

    Superb ad. Don’t say that much these days!

  9. patrickl said on 10th March 2009, 22:48

    Is that allowed in the rules? It could save some weight if the driver stays in the pit :)

  10. staggington said on 10th March 2009, 23:18

    LOL..woww…thats pretty crazy. i wonder if i can pick up the RC version too…well once i get a BB …maybe they’ll make the application for iphone too

  11. F1Yankee said on 10th March 2009, 23:22

    i thought the first half was better.

  12. Excellent viral marketing and a decent bit of promo work for Lewis….makes a change!

  13. Dan M said on 11th March 2009, 2:37

    Does anyone else find it odd that they used the current car? I thought resources and track time were very limited during testing.

  14. DGR-F1 said on 11th March 2009, 8:24

    I have a mad idea for when the technology is right, and is affordable – full size RC cars,but fitted with cameras etc, the drivers in game console type seats, with an audience around them, like Top Gear, and controlling the cars from the hospitality suites or the race control tower.
    The idea came to originally on seeing the BMW MINI, and how toy like it is, but I think it would work just as well with F1…..

  15. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th March 2009, 8:41

    Always interesting to see how other people report these things. The Daily Mail’s headline is straight-as-a-die:

    “Revealed – McLaren’s new driver-less F1 could see Lewis win title by remote control”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-1160934/VIDEO-Revealed–McLarens-new-driver-F1-Lewis-win-title-remote-control.html

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