High definition: F1's brave new world

High definition: F1's brave new world

With the news that Formula 1 will be broadcast in high definition from this season, the sport enters a brave new world. Dieter Rencken analyses the move

As has become his wont, Bernie Ecclestone sprung a surprise on Formula 1 with the announcement that grands prix would be broadcast in high definition as from the 2011 season opener in Bahrain in mid-March.

After all, it was only in June last year that the man, reckoned by those in his daily orbit as having a distrust of modern communications channels, confirmed that there would need to be more 'interest' in HD broadcasts before he would consider making this 21st Century technology available to broadcasters for onward transmissions to F1 fans.

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