Leimer’s crash and in the pits at McLaren – fans’ videos from Spa

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

There’s so much going on at a Grand Prix weekend that the televisions cameras are never going to be able to capture all of it.

F1 fans are better equipped than ever to capture footage from race weekends and their videos can give a better sense of what it’s like to see a race first-hand than the television broadcasts do.

Here is some of the best amateur footage from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

Practice three at McLaren

One lucky fan captured this film inside the McLaren garage as Jenson Button headed out to join in the Saturday practice session:

Getting close

Out on the track, this F1 fan got almost as close to the cars. “Sometimes bronze is better than a gold ticket,” he said:

Off-throttle audio

More footage from practice, the audio on this clip shows off the off-throttle blowing on the cars very clearly:

Qualifying at Eau Rouge

Drivers tackle a damp Eau Rouge at the start of qualifying in this high-quality clip:

Fabio Leimer’s GP2 crash

Fabio Leimer, GP2, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

The rear wheels came off Leimer's car in a huge impact

Fabio Leimer crashed hard coming out of Eau Rouge and Raidillon during the GP2 sprint race on Saturday morning.

The enormous shunt was missed by the television cameras, but the scale of the impact is made clear in this video. You can even see the rear wheel assembly come off the back of the car in one piece.

Leimer, thankfully, was unhurt. Here’s what happened:

Drivers’ parade

A proper, old-fashioned drivers’ parade with vintage cars – that’s what we like to see:

Start grid

High quality footage of the start, with Mark Webber struggling to get away and a smoky Nico Rosberg getting off to a flier.

Lap 1 La Source

It all goes a bit wrong at La Source as Bruno Senna harpoons Jaime Alguersuari and nearly takes Fernando Alonso out too.

Lap 1 Eau Rouge

Up to Eau Rouge, where Senna takes to the run-off with his front wing missing.

Were you at Spa, and shot some videos of your own? Share them in the comments below.

If you’re going to any of this year’s remaining races you can find other fans who are here:

2011 Belgian Grand Prix

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Images ?? McLaren, Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service

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35 comments on Leimer’s crash and in the pits at McLaren – fans’ videos from Spa

  1. Liquid said on 2nd September 2011, 6:28

    This has to be the most amazing post ever! Thank you keith for putting this together!

  2. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 2nd September 2011, 9:52

    Really good post, and great bits of amateur video; That Eau Rouge positioning really shows the elevation changes much better than the shot from below used by the TV camera’s.

    It’s great to have these extra ways to see the weekend, even if FOM wouldn’t miss a thing (but they will, fans are all over the track, FOM has a limited amount of camera’s), these videos each give a much better impression of the experience of being at the actual track. Great stuff.

  3. Just commenting to say fantastic videos here, would love to see this be a regular round up!

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