A first during Friday practice at Monza: Thermal images of F1 tyres at work
Check out the video as Di Resta puts his car's tyres through their paces
By Mike Wise at Monza. Last Updated: 06/09/13 6:02pm
Thermal cam – Paul Di Resta
Paul Hembery has given Pirelli's thumbs-up to the thermal imaging camera that showed heat being put through the tyres on Paul di Resta's car during Friday practice at the Italian GP.
Coverage of the afternoon session showed the front tyres on Di Resta's Force India glowing through the corners at Monza.
"It was great wasn't it?" Hembery said. "It's the sort of thing we use in our own development work. We fit, I think, seven infra-red cameras across the tyre and do some quite complex data collection.
"The really clever bit is actually the transformation of the readings into usable data. I was asked what the colours represent; I don't know because I haven't been involved in the calibration.
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"But it gives you an idea of where the heat builds up on the tyre going round and it shows that they don't have an easy life."
According to Hembery, teams would have no problem with the use of such technology - so long as it stopped short of revealing any particular strengths or weaknesses.
"I think, team to team, they'd love to see it actually. I think there's going to have to be a balance there. But I guess if it's not absolute values then it's not an issue," he added.
"It's very powerful information. It'll be interesting to see how much they like it or don't like it from a team point of view."