F1: Safer and more secure

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Formula One's 12 teams have rallied together in a rare display of solidarity to support the Make Roads Safe campaign and the United Nations' (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020.

From the Qantas Australian Grand Prix onwards, cars competing in the 2010 World Championship will display Make Roads Safe branding to demonstrate their support for the campaign and to raise awareness amongst the millions of F1 fans throughout the world. Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One Group, said: "Displaying the Make Roads Safe logo on all of the F1 cars is a powerful means to raise awareness and will go a long way in helping to promote the campaign to a global audience. This is the first time such an initiative has been supported by all of the teams in this way and I applaud the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and the FIA Foundation for making it possible. "The Make Roads Safe campaign is an initiative of the Commission for Global Road Safety. It was spearheaded by the FIA Foundation, a charitable organisation established with the monies from the sale of Formula One's TV rights. In other news, the FIA has developed its own version of 'big brother' to keep the teams in check, while the sport has enhanced its application service for iPhone and iPod touch users. Motorsport's world governing body successfully trialled its new in–garage camera system during the Bahrain Grand Prix to ensure the security of its parc ferme regulations. Parc ferme is the secure area at a circuit where cars are stored, and with no access to team personnel, immediately at the end of qualifying up until five hours before a race. Given the increase in the number of cars to 24 this season, it made their relocation into a single FIA–controlled area more difficult. With the co–operation of all 12 teams, closed–circuit, motion–sensitive cameras operated in the garages of all 12 teams at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Once qualifying was completed, the cars were returned to the pits, covered, sealed with a tamper–proof fastener and placed under camera surveillance. A security guard then watched the camera feeds from all garages and alerted the FIA's technical team to any untoward activity. With early reaction to the system positive, camera surveillance will now continue at every grand prix. Meanwhile, after its successful launch midway through last season, Soft Pauer's official Formula One 2010 Timing and Track Positioning Application has now been offered on a full–season subscription basis. The app aims to offer an unprecedented level of information to F1 fans, in sync with an interactive track map which provides users with a clear illustration of all the gaps between the drivers. Users are also able to access the same live timing information and in the same format that is used by the teams at each grand prix venue to track the progress of a session or particular team or driver. Uniquely, all the data from the whole season will be retained on the user's device to enable them to look back at and re–run the sessions whenever they want. The app is available in English, French and German at a cost of £19. 99 for the whole season. Spanish and Italian versions are shortly to follow. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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