Kangaroo TV in F1
Formula One's television rights are about as closely guarded as Coca Cola's original recipe and, despite news of a deal announced in May, when a rather intriguing, hand-held audio-visual device made an appearance in the Canadian Grand Prix media centre, bets were laid as to how long before the bearers of these mini-TVs were physically ejected from the paddock.
Closer examination, though, showed that the users of these black boxes bore official Formula One Management paddock passes, meaning that somewhere along the line Bernie Ecclestone had given his blessing to their use. Then Formula One's 'Flying F' logo was observed above the colour screen of the device, and the intrigue was complete.
When the device surfaced again in Indianapolis, and, more importantly, a massive yellow rig emblazoned with 'Kangaroo TV' seen parked up behind the paddock, it was clear that the neck-strapped device was more than a video gaming device, and that a new technology had just hit F1.