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Mercedes caught Ferrari 'spy' using infrared camera

  • Published on 27 Nov 2014 10:33
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
Mercedes thwarted a Ferrari 'spy' during the post-race Abu Dhabi test on Wednesday. Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport and the German newspaper Bild published photographs of the blonde female Ferrari employee using an infrared video camera.

Wearing Ferrari team gear, she was using the camera in the spectator area immediately above the Mercedes team garage. The reports said a member of the championship-winning Mercedes team went into the spectator area to ask his Ferrari counterpart to stop filming. Asked what mission the 'spy' had been on, Ferrari told Bild: "Nothing special." (GMM)

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  • As a camera buff with several good 35mm cameras that can shoot infra-red film, I'm puzzled by Ferrari's reported use of that photographic technology. Infra-red exposes (and depends for white/black/grey scale detail) on heat variations in the depicted scenes and, on F1 cars, it's no secret where those should be. There's no "spying" advantage that I can imagine, since modern, compact high-pixel digital still and video cameras can take sensational full-colored pitures with great detail resolution in virtually any natural or artificial light, from very-low to very-high, without telltale flash. Hmmmm

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    • Nov 28 2014 - 08:03

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