A young rookie driver came to Formula One this year and he may change how the world sees the sport. It has nothing to do with his driving. He has a helmet cam.
One reason why Formula One doesn't have the glamor it had in the past is that it doesn't look as dramatic as it used to. Thanks to high downforce, cars don't slide as much as they did in the '50s, '60s and '70s, so it doesn't look like the drivers are really thrashing their cars at the limit of their abilities. Thanks to safety advances, the drivers are tucked out of sight in carbon fiber cells. In the 1950s, drivers would lean halfway out of their cars in the turns, but today you can really only see their helmets and gloves sticking out.
Onboard cameras add a huge amount of dimension to the sport, making passes look so much closer and the corners so much faster. Take a look at when Fernando Alonso passed Lewis Hamilton yesterday in Montreal. It's the onboard view that lets you see how the two came within inches of hitting each other.