Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tyres

Mercedes is the author of the latest F1 innovation, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Suffering in recent years with a lack of in-season development, and recently grappling with excessive tyre wear, the report said the Brackley based team has come up with a cunning trick in 2013.

It is a thermal infrared camera, mounted backwards on the front wing of the W04 cars raced this season by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The mini camera streams data to engineers about the live performance of Pirelli's sensitive 2013 tyres, including early signs about possible overheating.

(GMM)

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