Popular handheld F1 broadcast devices have been a feature at race tracks since 2006, originally as Kangaroo TV, which became FanVision. The company had a deal with Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management to provide unique coverage of the racing action for those at the circuit, giving a much better overview of the action for fans on the ground.
Sadly, FanVision confirmed today that they failed to reach a deal with FOM for the coming year, with a spokesperson saying: “Unfortunately, it is now clear that we are not going to be able to agree terms with Formula One Management and very reluctantly we have to confirm that we won’t be in F1 in 2013. It’s a big blow for us.”
The devices have not just been used by fans, but by paddock members such as team personnel, Pirelli employees and pit lane broadcasters as well, but for 2013 there will be no devices and as yet, no word on any FOM-approved replacements. FanVision will continue with their NASCAR and NFL deals instead.
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