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Seen from an angle slightly above and behind the rear wing, the video offered a unique perspective of an F1 car being pushed to its limit through the streets of Monte Carlo.

As Alesi rushed through the iconic corners and through the tunnel, the sensation of speed accompanied by the sound of the 3.0-liter flat-12 engine, demonstrated the magic of a racing car in a new way.

In fact, the angle was so different that it almost didn’t feel real and looked more like a sim racing game from a third person perspective.

As Alesi’s footage quickly spread across the internet, it prompted many questions about how it had been shot and whether a computer hoax had been deployed. UKTN traced the original idea behind the project for the interior story of what happened.

The man behind is Monegasque video producer Lucas Brito, who runs a 3D technology video company called Virtual Reality International.

His more regular work revolves around virtual tours of luxury real estate, yachts and businesses, and he has worked with major international clients including Heineken, Hermès and the Automobile Club de Monaco.

ACM’s work led to an agreement to produce a video of Monaco’s motor racing events this year. Motorsport is no stranger to Brito, with his father Jayme being a well-known figure in F1 TV circles.

Lucas Brito

Photo by: Lucas Brito

After seeing 360 camera footage attached to road cars with a similar angle, Brito thought about trying it out on an F1 car.

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Following discussions with the Monegasque leaders, he proposed the idea but felt that the logistical complications would make it impossible to achieve it. However, just over two weeks before the historic Monaco event, he received the green light.

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“At that point, I was like ‘wow, this is really happening,’” said Brito. “I had to go do my research, order all the parts and hope they arrive on time. It was quite stressful.

The camera used for the Alesi video was an Insta360 action camera, and it was attached to Ferrari’s rear wing with a mounting stick.

Smart technology means the stick doesn’t appear in sight because it’s hidden in a camera’s blind spot between the lenses. If you look closely at the footage of Alesi, you can see the camera and stay in the shadow it casts on the ground.

Jean Alesi, Ferrari 312 B3 from 1974

Jean Alesi, Ferrari 312 B3 from 1974

Photo by: Lucas Brito

Brito’s biggest challenge was making sure that the attachment between the camera shaft and the Ferrari rear wing was strong enough.

He couldn’t damage the precious car, nor could he risk the camera coming off at 150 mph and flying off into the landscape.

“To be honest with you, there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether he was strong enough, so the rear wing attachment was strong enough,” he said.

“I used a fairly large, sturdy suction cup, with a lot of silver tape around it. I wanted to make sure that no air was entering under the suction cup.

“However, I had not been able to test the configuration in advance above 100 km / h. I had done a test with him, where I took him out of a Bentley Continental on some roads here in France, going over a few bumps. He held on tight then!

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The other challenge was the roar of the Ferrari engine – which was so loud it overloaded the Insta360’s microphones. A separate bespoke microphone was to be placed near the exhausts.

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Brito only had one chance to make the video shoot, with Monegasque organizers setting up special track time for the demo laps involving Alesi and René Arnoux in their two Ferraris in order to capture a number of different angles .

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“I wasn’t sure if the mounts would definitely hold up, and another complication arose when the pre-race practice session was delayed – so the cameras worked for an unforeseen additional 20 minutes,” he revealed.

“Then it’s also the drivers’ first laps this weekend. So if they made a mistake, there was a good chance that the cameras had been smashed against the wall.

René Arnoux, Ferrari

René Arnoux, Ferrari

Photo by: Lucas Brito

In the end, the race went off without a hitch. The rear wing camera remained intact (he had verified that it was still there after Alesi’s first flight lap after the pits), and when Alesi’s Ferrari returned the footage was just as good. that he had hoped for.

“I was surprised how good everything looked,” Brito said. “The stabilization was great because there was a lot of vibration from the car. And I was also lucky with the wing angle because it hides the suction cup perfectly. You can’t see it.

“Once the car returned, I immediately showed the footage to Jean and René and they were blown away for 15 seconds – before going into F1 driver mode and starting to analyze the car’s balance and performance!

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Perhaps the biggest surprise for Brito was the reception the images received from fans, with the video generating huge traction on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

“I knew it would make some noise because it hadn’t really been seen on an F1 car before, but I was really surprised at how positive the reaction was.

The success of the Alesi video sparked some obvious discussion that F1 itself might be leaning in.

However, the technical setup of a physical camera and mounting stick means that providing such an angle on a current, live-action grand prix car remains a dream for now.

However, what the footage from Alesi Monaco has highlighted is that where technology allows, camera angles remain for racing cars that are not used regularly and have not yet been used. fully exploited.

Brito added: “Obviously you can’t put a big stick and a camera on the back of an F1 car in a race. But if in 20 years, if there was some magical technology that allowed us to show that angle, then it would certainly be interesting.

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“You can see a lot more of the car, and you get a greater sense of speed than with more traditional shots.”

The views on Alesi’s video seem to show that F1 fans would really love him.

Jean Alesi, Ferrari 312 B3 from 1974

Jean Alesi, Ferrari 312 B3 from 1974

Photo by: Lucas Brito

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